She was only about 4 1/2 years old and had been a frequent egg layer from a very young age. My worst fears were realized recently when she became eggbound. She passed away yesterday in the care of a veterinarian trying to relieve her of her condition. I knew this day would come from the time the first egg appeared in her cage but still wasn't ready for it. She was very special to me even though I have many others.
She is the yellow bird on the left. She was an albino with the yellowface gene that made her entire body a faint yellow. This picture was taken just a few days after I brought her home. The other bird is Melon, a male of approximately the same age that I bought as a companion for her but she ultimately ended up with my oldest male, a lutino named Saffron who was about a year older and they had 8 babies together in 3 clutches that survived, 6 males and 2 females. They had just as many that didn't survive because they all hatched too late and were unable to compete with their older siblings for their parents attention. She always seemed small and delicate compared to the rest of my birds. Even her daughters are larger and hardier. I knew she was special from the first time I saw her in the pet store. Goodbye, my princess. You are free forever now.
I am sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Princess Belle.
My Birds My Foods & Supplements Always treat your pets as family members. We sent thee not, but as a Mercy for all creatures (Quran 21:107) There is no creature on [or within] the earth or bird that flies with its wings except [that they are] communities like you. We have not neglected in the Register a thing (Quran 6:38)