Helping our gcc through loss of his flock mate
by Cassie S.
We recently bought two young green cheek conures (9 and 7 months old) from the pet store who came from the same breeder. Both were doing fine until about four days ago. The older girl started acting lethargic, but was eating and drinking and her eyes and nostrils were clear.
Our vet wasn't much help, and left me with more questions than answers. She sadly passed away tonight. While we were holding Fluttershy through her last few hours, Mischief was calling for her first loudly, then soft sweet whistles and chirps. It was him who alerted us that something was wrong, that she was on the floor of her cage struggling to breathe.
How do we help him through this, when we are still establishing our bond? We have only had them for sixteen days. How do we do this without tramatizing him?