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I’m very sorry. Is she a particularly elderly budgie?

Holding out hope! :sorrow:
 

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Awww, Snowflake!! Poor little thing! Is she being treated in some way?
She's on antibiotics for now just in case. Because I do not have a AV getting a hold of the med the vet said we could try, at the correct concentration for such a tiny creature, would be quite the process and honestly from what I was picking up the vet didn't sound particularly hopeful for her. Which I understand, I would not have been entirely shocked had she died during her exam. She's quite weak :(
I’m very sorry. Is she a particularly elderly budgie?

Holding out hope! :sorrow:
She recently turned five. Which my vet considers elderly and that breaks my heart :sad11: She should have so many more years left.
 

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I am sorry AB. I just figured with how tired my birds are the day after the vet that your little one might be a bit extra tired today. Hoping for many more happy healthy years for you both.
 

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She's on antibiotics for now just in case. Because I do not have a AV getting a hold of the med the vet said we could try, at the correct concentration for such a tiny creature, would be quite the process and honestly from what I was picking up the vet didn't sound particularly hopeful for her. Which I understand, I would not have been entirely shocked had she died during her exam. She's quite weak :(

She recently turned five. Which my vet considers elderly and that breaks my heart :sad11: She should have so many more years left.
Oh goodness I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. I sincerely hope she's able to rally and still be with you for a long time.
 

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I am so sorry to hear this I hope she rallies round
 

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I hadn't realized until going through it recently, that a five year old budgie was consider elderly. But my vet also informed me that same thing. That she doesn't see any past 7 , until my 2 nine year olds. One of the collection she cares for is a 1000 Budgies so she definitely has experience..they also do post mortom on most , and said 99% had cancer of some type .....

I'm sorry, it's so very hard to love these babies and struggle to keep them happy and healthy..we all want those mega lifespans we seem to read on the web . I don't know if things have changed over the years or if we collectively are just better at sharing the true life spans we see
 

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My Jelly Bean and Jujube are 7. They will be 8 sometime in the fall--I don't know their hatch dates. Rudy is around 5 or 6.

Because these birds have been so inbred and bred for specific colors, they do have health issues that have shortened their expected life span. My vet has said that budgies used to live to around 15 years, but the breeding practices have shortened their lifespan. There is no hope of introducing new wild budgie genes into the mix as Australia has a strict policy regarding catching wild birds, and very rightly so.
 

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I hadn't realized until going through it recently, that a five year old budgie was consider elderly. But my vet also informed me that same thing. That she doesn't see any past 7 , until my 2 nine year olds. One of the collection she cares for is a 1000 Budgies so she definitely has experience..they also do post mortom on most , and said 99% had cancer of some type .....

I'm sorry, it's so very hard to love these babies and struggle to keep them happy and healthy..we all want those mega lifespans we seem to read on the web . I don't know if things have changed over the years or if we collectively are just better at sharing the true life spans we see
Not many of my budgies have actually reached "old age", LJ was my first reaching what I estimate was 8-9.
All the other budgies I've owned died suddenly, honestly way too young, for various reasons, though alot of those were also before I learned proper care.
This is really hard for me. Despite not actually being the youngest (not the oldest either) Snow is my baby. I don't know if I've ever outright said it before but I hatched her. She's been with me every. single. day. of her life :unsure1: She's my LJ's chick :sad11:
My Jelly Bean and Jujube are 7. They will be 8 sometime in the fall--I don't know their hatch dates. Rudy is around 5 or 6.

Because these birds have been so inbred and bred for specific colors, they do have health issues that have shortened their expected life span. My vet has said that budgies used to live to around 15 years, but the breeding practices have shortened their lifespan. There is no hope of introducing new wild budgie genes into the mix as Australia has a strict policy regarding catching wild birds, and very rightly so.
And I agree with all of that. This was the main point in me getting Mahlee and Alinta. I love learning about budgies mutations, I love the look of multiple of them, but is it all seriously worth their health?? I love all budgies but I want the longer healthier lifespan.

Snowflake having a treat yesterday :heart:
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So.
I spent all of today switching the budgies around and deep cleaning cages :faint:
Snowflake really wasn't doing good in the flight cage. Way too far to fall.
So I shuffled her, Obsidian, and Em into Sunbeam's cage. Which I know is bordering on too small for three budgies but I am not ready to go upsetting the current group dynamics. Not to mention I truly have no idea who, if anyone, Snow is bonded to, she seems to like them both equally :rolleyes:
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Alinta, Mahlee, and Moon get the flight for now.
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Sunbeam still has her own smaller cage, once I'm ready to do intros I'll see if Sunbeam and Moon would like to pair up and she'll go in the flight too (Sunbeam has a history of fighting so it may be a process).

I plan to add more stuff like leaves to their cages on the weekend :)
 

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They are so beautiful.
 

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I admire your courage in changing up budgie accommodations! I probably should do some of that, but I worry about fighting.
 

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I admire your courage in changing up budgie accommodations! I probably should do some of that, but I worry about fighting.
This was a much needed change up to be honest. Sunbeam seems happier and more active now she can see everyone better.
I prefer not to do it unless necessary cause what I've found with fights is they're fine for awhile... and then they're very suddenly not :confused:
I find juggling girls to be the hard part though! I think Sunbeam will actually be fine with Moon but I'm worried about Alinta cause she's young and I don't really know her personality yet.

Speaking of Miss Alinta, she very much approves of shredding toys.
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Also random thoughts but yeah....
As someone who doesn't consider my budgies "tame" I think I sometimes underestimate the trust I have with my original birds.
It's been so long since I had new budgies that the skittishness of the new babies catches me by surprise sometimes :blink: I'm too used to being able to feed them/adjust their cages with minimum fuss or disruption!
 

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I've been looking through my posts trying to find photos for something and i saw this one. I'm glad I chose to go to the effort of doing these group photos, no matter how imperfect they are. While my flock number hasn't really changed all that much, it's not the same. Some of them have left and now there's new babies to move forward with :sad7:

It's been what? 4 years? since I joined AA and I've only just finally hit that "perfectly" even budgie flock.
Three beautiful girls, Sunbeam, Emelia, and Alinta. And three stunning boys, Obsidian, Mahlee, and Moon...

Lots of people say "They're just budgies.", to me they were and are far more. They're the friends that played a huge role in getting me through four of the most confusing, unsure, and intense years of my life. I thank my Lord for using these creatures in this amazing way, and pray I can care for them the way they deserve.
 
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