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Old 02-09-2015, 11:03 PM
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I have 4 budgies and one of them passed away last night. When I saw the bird vomit its seeds I put it in another cage and was planning on taking it to a vet today since they were closed yesterday but it was too late. At night the sick bird was letting out a consecutive weak chirping sounds. Possible crying or wants helps but there was nothing I could do but be with the budgie and help it keep living.
I fed my budgies today spinach since they LOVE spinach. One of them immediately went for it (the male since he eats everything) and the two females went to another spot in the cage. one of them ate but that was because I handed her the spinach. Are they maybe different or depressed? Usually they all go crazy and eat as much as possible...
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Old 02-09-2015, 11:08 PM
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While they can be affected by their flockmates death,
They also may be sick with whatever the one that died had.
I think it would be wise to get your three remaining bird's to a good avian vet quickly.
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Budgies do grieve when they lose a bonded partner or a close friend just like we do. However I would also be very worried that the sick budgie didn't have a disease or illness that could be passed onto your budgies. was it showing any other symptoms at all before it vomited ? If a budgie is sleeping more often looking fluffed up and not interested in it's surroundings or cage mates it is displaying signs of illness. Please keep a close eye on the rest of your birds as they might become ill as well.
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No the sick bird got separated from the rest of the flock about 30 minutes after it vommited. Cleaned cage changed food and water and wash one of the main toys the birds are normal now and happy but they weren't in the mood for spinach.. They usually die for it

No there were no symptoms but that budgie was different than the others since day 1. She was quiet always away from the others very shy isolated. The sick bird vommited once and it pooped green the other birds never had contact with it but were near it. I think they'd be fine right?

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How long have you had all the birds and were all they kept in the same cage?

If they were all in the same cage (sometimes even the same room) then it's a lot easier for illnesses to spread. To make sure I think it would be best to travel and get the others looked at by the vet just to be on the safe side .
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As I explained in response to your Private Message, unless you have a necropsy performed on the budgie that died, you have no idea what caused the illness nor how that illness might spread. It could have been airborne, or it may have been a bacterial or fungal infection that could be spread by eating or drinking from the same bowls before your bird began exhibiting signs of illness.

Budgies hide symptoms of illness and by the time the symptoms are exhibited the bird is probably extremely sick. You have no way of knowing whether or not the sick bird was a "carrier".

Yes, having exams for three budgies is expensive but having a good relationship with an Avian Vet and a baseline for each of your birds is important in case you ever have another emergency situation arise.

If you choose not to have your birds examined, please start giving them ACV in their water to help build up their immunity so they are able to fight off any potential illness.
https://talkbudgies.com/holistic-natu...r-vinegar.html

I would also suggest you set up an "emergency fund" for future vet expenses:
https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...e-expense.html

Budgies can become depressed when a flockmate dies which is a stressful situation for them. Stress also lowers immunity and makes them more susceptible to illness.
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No the sick bird got separated from the rest of the flock about 30 minutes after it vommited. Cleaned cage changed food and water and wash one of the main toys the birds are normal now and happy but they weren't in the mood for spinach.. They usually die for it

No there were no symptoms but that budgie was different than the others since day 1. She was quiet always away from the others very shy isolated. The sick bird vommited once and it pooped green the other birds never had contact with it but were near it. I think they'd be fine right?
You don't feed them spinach more than once a week do you?.. spinach has something in it that keeps them from being able to process calcium if they eat to much of it.
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Like others have said, the best thing to do would be to get them checked out by an avian vet. I hope that the other two females are not coming down with what your male passed from. I'm sorry to hear about your loss and hope that you will have a happy and healthy flock of 3!
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