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Old 03-12-2015, 09:22 PM
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I am heartbroken and completely confused. We've had our 2 budgies for 2 months. Everything has been going great. Yesterday they were running around the room playing and this morning when I gave them fresh water and food, they both ate. When I came home from work, our female was dead in the cage. I'm so confused. Nothing in the cage or food has changed. No new foods, no candles, etc... Any suggestions??

Also now, our male budgie is acting sad. They were very bonded. Now I don't know what I should do?? If he remains healthy, should I get him a friend? And how soon? What sex? Will he even bond with another budgie?

I'm so sad over this. I just can't believe it. No sign of illness AT ALL!

Hope someone can shed some light. Thanks in advance

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I'm so sorry for your loss

I would take him to an avian vet as soon as possible, explain to the vet what happened, and get your male a check up just in case. Also deep clean the entire cage and all toys.
You can get a new friend for your female, but I would wait a little while. Bond and spend extra time with her, let her grieve.
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Very sorry for this sudden loss. So many thing's it could be, and no way of really knowing without a necropsy. Being as though neither were showing sign's of illness, or out of norm behavior, your male is probably fine. Could have been a stroke or the heart...spend as much time as you can with your male, and if you are getting him a new partner don't forget to quarantine...
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I'm really sorry to hear about your loss. Unfortunately, birds are experts at hiding symptoms of illness, so it's difficult to tell when they are feeling ill. I agree with both Moira's and Randy's advice above - an avian vet check-up, a bit of healing time, a clean cage, and some extra love for your little male will go a long way! Good vibes to you!
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I'm so sorry to hear about the very unexpected loss of your budgie girl, you have my deepest sympathies.
Even when there is no underlying illness, sadly budgies also can have fulminant heart attacks that lead to sudden death. I have had a few pet birds over the years to succumb from it.
Keep a close eye on your male budgie and give him some extra attention and tlc.
If despite your efforts of keeping him happy as a solo bird, he is still feeling sad, then do get him a friend. Budgies are very social birds and they accept well new friends, so you shouldn't have a problem when it comes to bonding. Since he is a male, gender is not an issue, you can get him a male or a female companion. The new budgie will need to be quarantined for a period of about a month before being introduced to your budgie.

I hope you and your budgie friend will feel better soon.
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That's really sad and I'm so sorry this has happened. I really hope your little male finds comfort and of course you too. RIP little budgie
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Sometimes, budgies (like all creatures) can have an inexplicable death. It's a dreadful shock too! A friend of mine lost her 2 and a half yr old British Bulldog the other day - she just dropped dead, literally!

I am so sorry for your loss.

I would do a deep, deep clean of the cage too - and move stuff around, to help stimulate your males brain and try and distract him, even if a little. Birds form attachments, so of course he will be missing his friend. Take time with him, and make sure you really want another budgie. If so, I'd suggest another male - a young bird might be easier so that they bond.

If you do introduce a new bird, the cage should be TOTALLY changed about and make when you do put them together, in "neutral" territory ideally, a new cage, but if that is not possible, then different perches, a couple extra feeding spots, so there wont be disputes over that either.

Good luck with all this!
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