This morning I found our little cockatiel dead in the aviary. He was a great little guy, very gutsy and happy, despite his health problems (a vet visit last week found he had a virus, most probably from in the nest as a baby). He could not fly and we knew he might not live a normal lifespan, but we didn't expect to lose him quite this soon/suddenly. I'll miss seeing him and talking to him, also the wolf whistles he used to do at us.
Last Edit: Jan 22, 2018 7:13:48 GMT -5 by biteybird
Thanks, Gary, Jan and Easttex. I'm afraid our pink Bourke's parrot female will have to remain on her own in the outside aviary - the vet said she would be a virus carrier (from the cockatiel) to other birds. I feel bad because she may be lonely out there, but a lot of the wild birds hang around our backyard and she will have plenty of cockatoos & bush turkey-type birds to watch.
awwww.... so sorry to hear this biteybird.... it is always sad to loose such a sweet bird. I noticed you did not mention that he had the same disease as Oscar has... but I remember the past posts. It is okay to speak of it...I am preparing myself for the worst. Truly I hope that it is one day he is gone and that he does not go on through years of suffering. If he suffers... I suffer.
You are such a kind soul. May your little one find peace and hopefully your pink Bourke's parrot... will not be too lonely.
Thanks Julianna & PaScuba. In answer to your question, PaScuba, we don't have any other FIDS now except Bonnie....except that I do think she knows he's gone, because they lived inside together (separate cages) for awhile. Then when I moved Scruffy to the outdoor aviary they would often call to one another. I would say that apart from the 'calling' having stopped I haven't really noticed any behavioural changes...although Bonnie is quite changeable anyway.