Post by Marianne Marlow on Sept 6, 2018 13:57:09 GMT
Billybob came to us in December 2013 with his lifelong hen friend JoJo.
We noticed right away that JoJo would hardly ever let Billybob eat at the seed trough as they only had one in their original cage.
The cage was also meant for much larger birds, it had wide bar spacing and a huge java branch that Billybob and JoJo had trouble gripping. Their feet were slightly damaged due to this and they regularly lost grip and fell off their perches. Therefore we padded the bottom of the cage with a fluffy towel.
We gave their original cage away and moved them into a hagen vision cage, which we adapted with a series of rope perches, Y branches and platforms. Billybob also got his own small pot to eat from, this way JoJo couldn't hog the seed. Billybob would always run over to his pot as soon as it was refilled, so that he could rifle through it for tasty morsels, in his case, oats.
Billybob wasn't much for making friends and would prefer to spend most time on his own, chewing on oats or leather strings. He also liked to sit on the swings by the window. Occasionally he'd headbob with Sky, but Sky would chase him around the room afterwards and Billybob wasn't the best flier.
Billybob was approximately 11 years and 4 months old when he passed away today. His poor feet and legs had completely stopped working 2 days before due to a stroke or seizure, he seemed to have given up and stopped eating today too.
We love you Billybob, thank you for coming to stay with us. I hope your reunion with JoJo is a happy one.
JoJo, Billybob in background
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
I am so sorry that Billybob did not make it. You tried your best & I am sure you made him as comfortable as possible at the end. I'll bet that JoJo gave him a lovely welcome & they have been chatting about how lucky they were to stay with you. Fly high Billybob.
Sorry for your loss Marianne. I kind of knew it wouldn't be long, but I was hoping amongst hopes I was wrong. You did your best for him, just as you had done all through his time with you. Fly high BillyBob, enjoy meeting JoJo again.