Lightning September 2011 - 2nd June 2013

by Alex
(London, England)

Lightning - as feather problems started

Lightning - as feather problems started

I am always on here answering questions and sending messages of condolence to those who have lost dear feathered friends.

I have been on here a few times asking for advice with one of my Budgies Lightning.

Avian vets were at a loss, and said they had exhausted all possible avenues with Lightning and prescribed pain medication as she was in a lot of constant pain.

Yesterday evening I made the hardest decision of my life and made an appointment with the vets today.

The vets was not open until 10am, but the phone lines opened at 9am.

I explained my reason for the appointment and they told me to go straight down before opening time and ring the buzzer. They also waived a £60 extra fee charged on Sundays.

I left with my Mother and we were left alone in the empty waiting room whilst the vet and a nurse took Lightning away downstairs.

You see, Lightning was not receiving any further treatment. She was being euthanized.

I broke down when the vet took her away and again just outside the hospital when I was given her body back wrapped in a small towel and placed back in the carrier.

She has been buried outside in my garden and her companion has no idea where she has gone and is calling for her.

I am fighting back tears, but thought I should thank everyone for their help, especially Tracie, Linda, Sandra Singh and Dr B, and update you on her situation.

Thank you so much. I need to stay strong for Sky but have broken down 3 times since.

This was the hardest decision and one I never want to make again and miss her greatly and am emotionally drained and it is only 1:08pm here.

My Dad has offered me one of the budgies he took on for free after being dropped off by a neighbor of their owner who had dementia at the pet store as she could not care for them any longer.

The pet store owner did not want them and my Dad took the two birds home. They are both green and he will keep one male and he will give me the other male.

He will be brought round when I and Sky are ready.

Thank you again for all your support and I hope everyone's birds are doing well and you don't go through the tough decision and pain I am going through right now.

Comments for Lightning September 2011 - 2nd June 2013

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Jun 07, 2013
Congrats on birds getting along
by: Tracie

:-) Congrats!

Jun 07, 2013
Update
by: Alex

The new bird has been named Sunny and Sky is besotted with him.

When he was in a separate cage Sky would hang off the side and preen the side of his face and the top of his head.

Since they were put together, they have been inseparable and Sky continues to preen him multiple times every day.

It is so cute.

Sky is female by the way.

Jun 04, 2013
Yay for new bird!
by: Tracie

Your new bird sounds beautiful. :-)

Jun 04, 2013
New Budgie
by: Alex

My Dad has just dropped off the new budgie. I am not sure what to name him though.

He has a green chest and back with yellow wings with every feather edged with green.

I am guessing he must have closer genes to his wild counterparts.

Jun 04, 2013
Thanks
by: Alex

Thanks Linda, the avian vet finally called me back and suggested the same thing about getting a new bird ASAP.

I phoned my Dad and he is bringing him round today.

Jun 03, 2013
Lightning September 2011 - 2nd June 2013
by: Linda

I strongly advise you to get the other bird right away. Sometimes, the parrots stop eating and will die from grieving the loss of their loved one. Please do not delay taking both birds to avian vet's because the one who has been neglected is likely to bring an infection into your other bird.

Please do not wait to get the other bird and take care of the Avian vet checking them out after new bird is in your home.

I also send you my heartfelt sympathies because even when our pets are in a great deal of pain, it does not make losing them any easier.

Let us know how the new bird does. I also suggest you keep him in his own cage for a while. It will be enough that he is there so the two birds can "talk" and learn about each other. Keep the cages next to or close to each other, and I think your grieving bird will begin to eat again. I've dealt with this with several birds, and if a new friend is not brought in right away, they will simply starve themselves to death. It happens, and you don't want it happening here.

Love,
Linda

Jun 03, 2013
Thanks
by: Alex

Thanks Tracie. I am waiting for a call back from an avian vet as my remaining budgie has stopped eating ever since, and stays in the same place all day.

Jun 03, 2013
Lightning passed
by: Tracie

Oh Alex, I feel for you! You did everything you could, God bless you. ((hugs)) When the tears come, focus on the good memories and remember that Lightning is no longer suffering.

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