My poor little hen Herbie was on the bottom of the cage last night. After Jellybean had fledged, Herbie was still trying to lay more eggs. She did get egg bound and I thought we were going to lose her then, the nest box was removed, the cage rearranged in the hope it would all encourage her to come out of condition but she was bound and determined to lay more eggs. Her cere remained brown and she kept shredding paper. Salty nursed her back to health when she was struggling with being egg bound and then after she had laid that egg, finally. He was her support and clearly loved her (in as much as budgies love), he cuddled up to her, and fed her and was still trying to look after her when she died. When I found her he hopped down beside her and nudged at her as if trying to get her to get up, poor wee man.
I can't put him into the cage with 8 birds as that is at it's limit now. I will get him a new friend to love soon. Poor wee man is very confused and sad.