Some of you may remember me as Jeff in WA a while ago. I haven't posted in a long time and had to create a new account. Sadly, our Pacific Parrotlet, Oscar, passed away on 12/18/14 from kidney failure. We uncovered him on Tuesday morning and noticed he was fluffy and with labored breathing. The mobile vet showed up in the afternoon and got a blood sample and examine. Oscar had lost a lot of weight, (keel was showing through feathers) so the vet took him home to feed him a high protein formula directly into his crop to get his strength back. Oscar didn't make it and passed away Wednesday evening. The blood test results came back on Thursday and he died of kidney failure. This was our son's first pet loss so he was quite sad but took it well (we had Oscar before we had my son). Oscar was my wife's bird. We buried Oscar under out trumpet vine in the back yard. RIP little guy, we'll miss your little chips and chirps and active personality. Kermit, our Quaker who shared a room with Oscar, is still going strong at 19.
Hi Jeff, you don't know me but I'm very sorry about Oscar. It is so hard when we have to say goodbye to our pets (they always occupy equal places with humans in our family). He looks like he was a lovely little parrotlet. Hopefully Kermit will go OK without him.
Oh, goodness! I'm so so so sorry about Oscar! Just out of curiosity, what was his diet? I loved reading your stories about him!
I don't know if you saw, but Zach and I finally got a Pacific Parrotlet of our own! He's so adorable; we just love him!
Dani and Zach ---------- FIDS: Taz (Cockatiel); Chewy (Quaker); Lily (Budgie); Beans (Parrotlet); Nimbus (Dog); Diablo (Cat); Mr. Newt; Fish Rehomed: Mickey the pigeon, Gypsy the horse, and 4 of the Jackson 5 (Diamond Doves) RIP: Arnie, Conan, Sammy, Petey, Ms. Praying Mantis, Tito, Pico, Mantis Shrimp, Fuzzy Lionfish, Phoenix, Cami, Pork Chop, Bilbo and Sweet Pea
Thanks, bitey, Dani, and Jan. Dani, Oscar was on a diet of parakeet seed mix, Zupreem pellets, and cooked food mix (Pretty Bird) of pasta, rice, beans, carrots, etc. We also occasionally gave him millet sprays. He wasn't into the pellets that much. I think you will enjoy your new parrotlet as much as we did. They are really quiet and don't bite hard, especially compared to a Quaker. When I stared the started the thread, I said our Quaker, Kermit, was 19...he'll be 19 in February.