I have 6 budgies who keep me very entertained and happy. One of which, Frosty, has slowly gotten worse as his tumor continues to grow. At some point I fear it may be time to say goodbye to him to prevent his further suffering, but I worry how it may affect the rest of the flock.
I have added to my little flock over some time, but they have all been together now for two years, give or take. I fear that the rest of my little ones may not understand why Frosty just disappeared one day and am concerned that the others may get despondent about it.
I have had one little one pass on before, but she died with the other birds around while I was at work, so the flock was able to see her passing.
Perhaps I am over-thinking it, but I worry that there is a difference between seeing a bird pass on and just simply having a bird disappear. I don't want my flock to become melancholy, but I also don't want Frosty to suffer through the rest of his life.
I think Frosty still has a few months with us, he is my little "Grumpy Old Man" I think partly he's just to stubborn to go anywhere. :-) So this isn't urgent, I just want time to consider everything.
I can certainly understand your concern about your flock when the time comes for Frosty to move on to the Rainbow Bridge.
Whether a budgie passes naturally in the cage or is taken away from the cage, the other members of the flock are going to miss him.
All they know either way is that one of their flock-mates is no longer with them.
There will be an adjustment period and some of them may grieve more than others.
The fact that you have multiple budgies will help them get through the trauma more quickly than if there was just one other budgie living with little Frosty.
Flock dynamics change anytime a new member is introduced or a current member departs.
When the time comes that you need to have the vet help Frosty move on, give the remaining flock members extra time and attention to help them through their mourning period.
Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
I thank you all for your responses and your support, but unfortunately I will have to keep this in mind for later.
Frosty decided it was his time to go sometime during the night, and he is no longer suffering.
He was not paired with any of the other birds, he was adopted with his cage mate Sunny, and they were close, but not bonded. All 6 of my little ones share a large cage, so they all have each other.
As far as I have seen this morning they seem to be taking it in stride. They probably knew before I did that Frosty was on his way. They certainly are quieter this morning, but have not changed their routines as they get ready for the day.
Again, I thank you all for the support, and look forward to learning more about my little ones here.