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Budgie Behavior Wondering about why your budgie behaves in certain ways? Talk about it here!

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Old 01-03-2017, 01:58 PM
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Exclamation advice needed for my young budgie who just lost his brother.

Hi there,
the title is pretty self explanatory but I feel i need to expand. You may remember me from last year (eek where did all that time go) when my flock grew with 5 chicks. The father sadly passed very suddenly and thanks to all of you who helped and supported us we made it through. But it seems heartbreak has made it into 2017 for us. Two of my male chicks went to live with my mother and younger sisters who were desperate to have them, my mother has had quite a few birds before most of which were Budgies. The boys were very happy and always chirping, but today I got a very tearful phone call from my 10 year old sister who had just come home from school to find one of them (we are yet to determine which) on the floor of his cage and he'd sadly passed away. Half an hour before my step father checked on them and they were both their normal selves bouncing about so we cant figure out what happened and we've been through everything we can think of.

The remaining Budgie is now alone after spending his life with at least one of his siblings, so we are unsure on how to proceed. I suggested to my mum maybe getting a friend for him but she said she isn't sure if she can handle the stress if something were to happen to another. The other option is to see how he copes on his own with increasing socialisation time with his human family whilst he mourns or thirdly for him to come back to me and live with his other brother and another friendly male we have, which my sisters will find heartbreaking but have said if they have to they will. The budgies were only hatched in July/August last year so it took us all by surprise.

Any advice you can give will be appreciated, or any behavioural signs you think we should look out for.

thank you in advance xx

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Old 01-03-2017, 02:19 PM
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Despite the very sad circumstances, welcome back to the forums.

I'm so sorry for the very sudden passing of the little fellow, may he rest in peace.
During this time, your family can spend more quality time with the remaining budgie and give him some extra TLC. By observing the budgie's behaviour they will have a better idea on how he is coping and adjusting to the new reality.
If there is not a noticeable change on his behaviour, general activity and playfulness, then all should be well.
The signs to watch out for that something may not be quite right are decrease in activity/singing, lack of interest in playing and even decrease in appetite.
And if this is observed, the booking a wellness check at the avian vet would be the best choice in order to rule out any potential illness.

If later on it is determined that the budgie needs the companionship of a same species friend and your family isn't wanting to add a second bird, then the best choice would be for you to take in the budgie and make him part of your flock.

I'm wishing this budgie as well as your current flock all the best.
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I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Rest in peace, little budgie.

If you decide to go with the second option, I can tell you that my family owns a budgie that has outlived two partners and he is alone right now and doing fine. If you give him plenty of attention and love, he will be okay. Make sure he has things to do when you can't give him attention.
If he is really bored or lonely, he might start feather plucking, which is pretty much self-explanatory. Basically, feather plucking usually occurs when the budgie is really lonely or bored and he plucks his own feathers out.
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Thank you for you both for your help and advice, I really appreciate it.

My family have been keeping an eye on Reggie, he seems to be singing one minute and quiet the next but they keep talking to him and playing music for him which perks him up. I guess time will tell as to whether he gets on by himself or not, but he seems to be acting like his normal self and kissing the screen when they play him budgie videos.

My two sisters are torn up about it and are saying they're scared he will be lonely so I have a feeling he will end up with me, however its obviously still fresh information-especially difficult for young children, so that could change if they see him getting on well.

I will keep you posted,
thank you so much again for your help and support-I dont know what I'd do without everyone here who is so sweet and offers such great advice.

sending my love to you and your Budgies xxx
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I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of the little fellow.

aluz has offered you excellent advice.

Hopefully the remaining little budgie will adjust as long as he gets plenty of love and attention from your sisters and Mother.

Otherwise, it sounds as though you will be welcoming him back into your flock.

Please keep us posted.

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Hi there,

I'm sorry to hear of the passing of the little one

I agree, however, that as long as your sisters and mother give the now solo budgie lots of love and attention (which means interacting with him for a few hours daily, by sitting by his cage to do homework, talking to him through the bars, and letting him out, etc.), he will recover from his grief and based on his personality, they will be able to make a decision on whether or not he would be just fine as a solo budgie or would do better back with your flock.

I truly hope all works out for the little one! Do keep us posted
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Hi everyone,

I thought I would update you on Reggie, you'll be pleased to know hes doing well. My mum and sisters made the decision for him to come and live with us as they believe it to be better for him as he kept calling for his brother and seemed lonely, he was still eating and drinking and seemed healthy but we all agreed he preferred having another Budgie to chat to. Hes been living with us for a couple of days now and seems to of "chirped" up. He seems to remember his other brother as they've been chatting non stop and hes getting on great with our other male as they've been singing to each other.

Thank you again for all your help everyone. You've been fantastic as always!
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I'm glad Reggie has perked up now and is happy to be reunited with his clutch brother and your other budgie! Thank you for the update.
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So glad to hear all is well.
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