i lost my male budgie who was 11 years old going on 12 called chippy the early hours of this morning from a severe chest infection and to be honest i'm devastated. we took him the vets first sign of illness but the antibotics issued obviously failed to save him, we tried and even took him to a 24 hour vets at 1am to do something but a day later he has passed.
he was a brilliant little thing, sky blue with a white head and black/greyish feathers. we had him since he was six weeks old and he always wanted to play, ringing the bell in his cage for attention and doing that quick fluff of the feathers greeting to me when i walked in to see him plus other things but i could tell it liked me to say the least.
i feel a bit silly as there is no way i could talk like this to people outside my close family, they would probably laugh at a 29 year old man crying and gutted over a dead budgie but i cant help it, i admit i loved him and will miss him very much. my father has done a lovely little grave for him which i can see outside my bedroom window, its hurting to see at the moment as i saw him dead and he looked well...not like he was which is still in my mind. a hollow body with no soul/spirit.
its been a bad time for me as i've been living as a loner for a while with job losses and other stuff and this just adds to the woes. i will not be buying another budgie as i couldnt go through the pain again.
Sorry to hear about little Chippy. It's never an easy thing to lose a close friend, but even though it's right to mourn him, it's also important to focus on the positive aspects of what you shared. He was obviously very well looked after if he lived to such a ripe old age. In human terms that's zimmer-frame stuff. Celebrate the quality of life you gave him, then, maybe after a little while, you might consider sourcing a new budgie, who will most definitely benefit from your experience and compassion. Chin up.
I'm so sorry to hear about your Chippy. I sympathise totally and don't think there is anything wrong with mourning the loss of such a good companion.
Look after yourself, and remember there are people on here who understand totally what you are going through. xx
That little bird was part of your life since you were a teenager. As well as his loss, it could symbolize the end of an era for you. It is only to be expected that his loss will hurt so much. Looking at his pictures a lot will help replace your last image of him dead as the first thing that pops into your head when you think of him.
When you feel ready for animal companionship again, you could always consider a different species. I have lost 1 dog, 4 cats and 8 birds in the last 30 years, most since joining the list. They all hurt, they were all mourned for in different ways and to different degrees, but they are all important to me.
If you are a loner, an animal companion is a good thing. A dog would give you reason to get out of the house. I also have a son at home who just turned 30 a few days ago.
Cutie Pie, Olive, Budgie, Baby Boy, Star, Pepper, Ariel, Oscar, Charlie, Little One, Chiclet.
Cutie Pie, Olive, Ariel, Little One and Chiclet are children of Budgie and Oscar.
Budgie and Star left us in 2009. Pepper and Oscar left us this year, 2010. 2018 and all are gone. Ariel and Cutie Pie died this Feb and March. Both over 11 years old.
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I am so sorry for your loss. It is good you joined this forum, because we understand what you are going through.
11 years is a very good age for a budgie, but it is always too early for them to leave us.
I understand that you don't want another budgie. I lost one beloved budgie after 14 years and also did not want another one. Now I regret those "petless" years.
If you don't want a bird, then a dog would be good. When you are ready, there is a special pet for you, maybe at a shelter?
My sincerest condolences on the loss of such a dear friend. I can relate to the feeling of loss and not being able to share with other people because they wouldn't understand. I felt the same way about not getting another budgie because I hated the feeling of loss, but after going through the grieving process I decided to get more little friends because accompanying that loss are the memories I got to keep with me through videos and photos of the happy times. I still smile when I think of the good times I got to have.
It's ultimately your choice, of course, but for me the eventual loss is worth the good times and memories.
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