For the amount of seed he seemed to be scoffing I expected him to weigh more than he did. He must have been quite fluffed up as he looked quite big. I had nothing to compare him with so naturally I couldn't tell. Even as I held him he felt light to what he felt on my finger the night before. I always used to put him on a swing which was low down the cage and he felt quite heavy the night before. May be I had got used to him on my finger and not realised how little he di weigh, but the scales definitely read 35 grams.
At a calculated guess he was 5. He was an adult when I got him from the pet shop and the oenwer said he was about 12 months old. He was with me just over 4 years.
The show birds don't seem to live as long as the pet types overall. Snowy was only 4 when he died, Roswell was 6 and a half, Charlie was only 4 and a half. None of my guys were light, I weighed them regularly and it didn't save them.
You can only do your best.
We are not Vets, Avian or otherwise. If you have any serious doubts about your budgies' health an appointment with an Avian vet should always be your first point of call.
Current recruits Bertie, George, Blithe, Colin, Daisy, Iris, Billy, Peter, Penny and Lyra
Passed on: Monty, Eric, Jerry, Roswell, Snowy, Custard I, Abbie, Charlie, Dumpling, Blueboy, JoJo, Billybob, Lucy, Hector, Custard II, Pete, Polly, Lemon, Sky and Basil
Oh I am so sorry to read this, with tears in my eyes, OP. As you know, Joey was one of my real favourites. Bless him, he had such a wonderful life with you. Fly high little man you will be missed by us all.
Fly high: Billy Boy, Charlie, Harvey, JoJo, Joe, Lacey, Missy, Oscar, Pickle and Smudge. RIP: Penny, Poppy, Lola, Georgie, Bea, Morgana, Phoebe, Truffle, Hazel, Tilly, Tuppence and Mollie.
I am having trouble NOT calling his name. I always said goodnight to each one as I put the lights out and good morning when I opened the door at the bottom of the stairs. I don't suppose it meant a thing to them but it felt normal to me. The thing is Joey was the first name I said and I am having to stop myself from saying it now. So you see I have not forgotten Joey.
Jan 21, 2014 17:06:12 GMTjellybean
Superior Sky Blue
So sorry OP, I have struggled reading your post as my grief for Pickle is still so raw! We get so attached to these beautiful little creatures and they break our hearts. Now I'm crying again. I keep calling out Pickles name and check myself. Fly high Joey, rest in peace. Xx
Eric born 12th November 2017 Archie arrived 13th October 2019
In memory of Pickle, my friend. 8th June 2012 - 7th August 2017 ❤️ Buddy 25 October 2015 - 3rd December 2017 Boris 11 August - 3rd December 2017 Ernie 12th November 2017 - 9th June 2019 Not forgetting little Perry. May to August 2012. Taken tragically too soon. Together forever. Gone but never forgotten.
Thank you clt80, it was a shock when it actually happened although I had seen it coming. Several events took place over time and I sort of knew. He did enjoy his life right up to the end. Thank you again for all the posts from everybody.