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I'm new to this forum. I joined in the efforts to get the word out about my 12-year-old budgie Chi-Chi who recently developed a cancerous tumor on his tail :( He is my best friend and I'd hate to lose him! Hopefully in this video you can see what a joy he is in my life.

I'm hoping some people will watch and maybe share this video... or even donate to help raise money for his surgery to remove the tumor. Thanks to all the fellow budgie lovers out there!

Help save Chi-Chi! - YouTube
 

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Maggie I am sorry I no what you are going through my budgie buster had a tumor on his tail the same place as yours he had an operation had to wear a bucket over his head I only had him a few months after the operation he had squamous cell cancer. I had him for 6 and a half years he was my life.I miss him so much it will be 3 years in December since I lost buster.. Now I have another wonderful budgie to love..I cried when I watched your video your budgie Chi Chi is so beautiful and clever to.i can see that you adore your beautiful budgie you love him so much I can see that.. Thank you for sharing your video.
 

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Aw Lyn, I am so sorry to hear about Buster :( Your post made me cry. The vet said Chi-Chi has the same type of cancer that he did. I'm hoping for the best with Chi-Chi's surgery. The vet seems confident that he can remove the cancer so I am putting my faith in him. Thank you so much for watching and for your very kind comment. I watched that video you posted recently of your bird Indigo talking :) He seems like a great friend to you!

KatRay09, thanks for watching and for keeping us in your prayers. It means a lot :)
 

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Oh Maggie, I'm so sorry that this is happening with you and Chi Chi. I'm going to talk to Lonny and see if maybe Friday when we get paid, maybe we can afford to donate. I would really love to. I am so sorry to hear about this. I will be praying for Chi Chi.
 

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What a sweet little guy. I love his personality, and must say his color is one of the prettiest I have ever seen. I do hope the surgery will be highly successfull, and will say some prayers for that to happen...:)
 
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I just Adore your little Chi-Chi; He's smart as a whip, and cute as a button! So sorry you are both going through this terrible disease. I am praying for more donations, and for the operation to be successful. Please keep us posted
 

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My Sweet

It is so hard to face cancer with a dear friend/buddy. We had to Have our Jack Frosts wing amputated. The cost was terrible but our vet allowed us to split payment over several months. This looks like the tumor is associated with the oil gland. The sooner we catch these the better chance our beloved budgies have. Jack' s tumor was the size of a field pea. We caught it because every three months we give our birds mini vet checks. His previous check was clear. Jack made it and came to live with us in the house in a modified flight cage with his special hen. Prayers for successful surgery. Your little one is a yellow face sky dilute. one of my all time favorite colors. What a long life to be proud of and remember all of the joyous times you have shared.
Blessings, Jo Ann:budge:
 

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jonah, SPBudgie, and kcladyz - You all are too sweet!! I have been so stressed all day worrying about the surgery, but reading your comments made my day and made me smile - thank you!! :) "Smart as a whip and cute as a button" I'll have to remember that. It describes him perfectly! As I'm typing this, Chi-Chi is sitting on my keyboard and biting me every time my fingers get too close to him. He's such a stinker :p Thanks for the support. Keep us in your prayers!
 

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Jo Ann, I'm sad to hear about what your birdie had to go through but it's also great that the surgery was a success! Was it difficult for Jack to adjust to his new life with one wing? I worry about how Chi-Chi will adjust to not having a tail. I'm hoping to try the same thing and pay the vet bill in installments.

Kristen, Chi-Chi's surgery is this Tuesday. I'm going to try and pay for the surgery in installments though, so I don't think I need to have all the money ready by Tuesday. I will keep Chi-Chi's fundraiser page up for a while yet. I don't want to rush you, so whenever you are comfortable or able to donate would be wonderful. And if in the end you can't, just the fact that you considered it and wanted to means a lot to me! Really, it is very sweet of you. (Chi-Chi says hi by the way! He is keeping me company and sitting on the keyboard as I am typing this)
 

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We started Jack alone in a small hospital cage for a few days and as soon as the drugs wore off We brought his beloved hen to visit under supervision until We were sure she would not try to pull his stitches. Then we moved them to a larger cage for a while and then to a modified for climbing flight cage, with a couple of other birds that were unable to fly.
We started him out holding my finger and flapping his wing. If they let go they turn around backward because the opposite wing is missing when they let go.

As he became more comfortable We took everyone in his little flock and let them fly in our soft training net. I would hold him on my hand letting him flap
at the level of he flock in flight to get as close as possible to flying with the flock. He had quite a personality, always first to the new water bath and a sweet loving husband. We tried to help him mate but he never filled any more eggs. His lady is still with us and a number of his off spring, One Johnny Winter, looks just like Jack but has a lot more frosting. He is smaller than Jack was.

So yes, With care I think your little one can adjust and possibly fly. We took a mosquito net made for a round picnic table and hung it over our bed to provide a very safe landing place for babies and of course Jack and his crew
when we gave them wing exercise. We laid a sheet on our bedspread and threw it in the washer and secured the net on the bed so landing was a nice soft mattress.

Praying for recovery and many years to come. I get too attached and have to step back to get necessary done. I feel your fear and potential loss. Put this in Gods hands to be the best for him. Blessings,
Jo Ann:budge::budge:
 

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Being 12+ years old it is obvious you took great care of him. Have you thought about putting him down if you are unable to afford the surgery so he will not suffer as the cancer progresses? I feel all life is worth saving regardless but it is something you may have to consider.
 

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Jo Ann, what a great idea using the mosquito net around the bed! I might have to try that. I did worry about how to control Chi-Chi if he tries to fly and crash lands. Of course that won't be until after he recovers from surgery, but I'm thinking ahead! You're so lucky you have some of Jack's offspring. I thought about breeding Chi-Chi years ago - I would've loved to have had some mini Chi-Chis! But I've never bred birds before so it seemed a bit above my skill level. Chi-Chi's surgery is tomorrow at 1:00, but I'm dropping him off at 9am. I'll let you know how it goes! I'm extremely nervous... I don't know what to expect. I've tried to make this week super special for him in the event that something goes wrong during surgery. He's been getting lots of Maggie time :) I filmed so many cute new videos in the last week but I haven't gotten the chance to upload them yet!

kcladyz, Luckily I think I have raised enough that I can pay for the first couple installments of the surgery! I did consider putting him to sleep but I really want to try everything I can to save him first... He's got so much spunk and love for life that I would hate to put an otherwise healthy bird to sleep. And I'd hate to watch him slowly get worse as the cancer progresses.
 

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Good luck on Chi-Chi's surgery tomorrow please let us no how he goes he is adorable you are a wonderful budgie owner. I no what you are going through. I chewed my nails down waiting for a call to say that buster made it out of the surgery which he did..I am sending you my prayers I'll be thinking about you and your budgie Chi Chi. Hope all goes well for you. Please let us no how he goes.
 
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