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Poor Nigel Thornbirdy

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My poor baby Nigel died suddenly this evening. A small commotion drew my attention to the birds, and I looked just in time to see him fall to the floor of the cage. I went to look, and he was just sitting there with his wings spread out, like he was panting, only wider than that. And he let me just pick him up and put him back on a (low) perch, and he just sat there. He didn't seem to have any injury, and everything in the cage looked normal, no runny poos anywhere, all the other birds look fine, but he just wasnt' right. After a little while he fell off the perch again, so I held him to keep him warm while I set up a hospital cage, but once he was in there he just laid on the floor, and after a short while he looked up and had a sort of seizure, and then laid down and stopped breathing.

 

I can't imagine what the problem was. He was 8 months old, and he'd never had any problems. I will really be watching the rest of the birds now, in case there are any signs I can detect at an earlier stage, I hope this doesn't happen to them too. I hope he wasn't suffering long, since I wasn't aware of a problem before he fell. I will miss him. He was one of my favorites, and I was really looking forward to seeing what kind of babies he would produce. I just feel a little helpless, because there was no warning for me to be able to head this off.

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How unusual... Sorry to hear the news. RIP Nigel!

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Sorry to hear about Nigel . :wub:

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I'm sorry to hear that. It hits you badly when you don't know the cause. RIP Nigel.

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Aww. I am so sorry :(

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I am real sorry you lost him in and in such a distressing way. Big hugs :(

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Very sorry to hear the news of poor nigel. May he rest in peace in budgie heaven :(

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I'm sorry :( he looks so beautiful too.

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Thank you all for your kind words. It's nice to know there are other bird people who sympathize.

 

Was a little nervous uncovering the cage this morning, in case anyone else had joined Nigel, but thankfully not. I really hope it was just a single incident.

 

Buried Nigel this morning in our little pet cemetery out back. It's always sad to lose a pet, but they are worth having, even though we know they won't live as long as we do. It would be a very sad thing to avoid loving a pet just because of that.

 

Thanks to all of you, and returned hugs to those who've also lost one recently. :P

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Oh dear, l'm so sorry for your loss :rofl:

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So sorry to hear this Finnie.... :P R.I.P little Nigel... :P

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:rip:  R.I.P nigel :):D :sad: :sad: :rip:

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