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Nix 11-10-2010 01:35 AM

If happy little blue birds fly...
So it's been a week now and it's not getting any better...

I've been offline for a while. On TB as well as life. My little budgie Sticky passed away in my hands on the 3rd of November 2010. She was such a little angel, too young to fly.

Thought I was ready for hand rearing. I was on the internet every spare minute I could find doing research, watching videos. Thought I did everything by the book, but I obviously missed something, quite possibly missed a number of things.

I took her to a vet the first week I had her and she got a clean bill of health. To my disappointment I found out later that the doc. was not an avian vet- even though the practice refer to themselves as “…bird and animal hospital”. Avian vets are few and far between in South Africa, but I did locate one 100 km away, after this horrible experience.

Nothing compares to the short week and a half that I was lucky enough to have Sticky in my life. Few people will ever understand this connection that a person can have with a bird.
A bird? Imagine!

The hand rearing experience was wonderful we bonded on a level that I never knew existed. I applaud anyone that has been able to hand rear a bub. I don’t know if I will try it again soon. At least not after I have learned from an experienced breeder who hand rears babies out of necessity.

I would like to warn anyone thinking hand rearing any bird for the first time: Think twice. Get practical experience. It is such an exciting idea: having a bird that will think of me as its mommy! Let me tell you there is nothing worse than realizing you are the one responsible for the loss of a life. A life so short lived it never even had the chance to fulfill its main purpose:

to fly.

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can't I?

Robo Hip 11-10-2010 06:34 AM

Awe sweetie, so sorry to hear about Sticky and the experience you both went through.

Fly high little one and big hugs to you Nicolette

jellyblue 11-10-2010 08:40 AM

Rest in Peace, sweet Sticky. She is flying free now, knowing that you loved her. Keep her memory close to your heart.

2tlove 11-10-2010 10:35 AM

I am so sorry you lost your little bub. I know you put your heart and soul in to taking care of Sticky.

Nix 11-10-2010 11:23 AM

Thank you very much guys. Your words means so much! :)

Spike&Fluffy 11-10-2010 04:23 PM

Wow you described it so well I nearly felt as sad as you. I am so sorry for little bud.

rockybudgeboa 11-11-2010 12:03 AM

I am so so sorry

HUGS to you

Budgerigarluv 11-19-2010 10:15 PM

I am so sorry! :(
This is so sad! I am crying myself, now. :crying:

riotfox 11-19-2010 10:19 PM

aw may she rest in peace. shes in a good place now im sure :rip:

louara 11-20-2010 12:50 AM

I am so sorry for your loss.
May Sticky rest in peace.

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