The internal postmortem revealed nothing. It apparently looked like he just randomly & suddenly lost all his blood through his lower intestines, but no one can see why or how. They're sending samples of him for histopathology. They said it means they send tissue & can sometimes provide more answers this way. When they've done all they can, he'll be sent for individual cremation.
I had hoped that there'd be some obvious congenital abnormality. He was so young & it seems very odd that 7 other budgies continue perfectly fine. I think we'd all like some answers.
As just posted on Budgie Boulevard, they're testing for polyoma, herpes & beak and feather disease instead of a histopathology. I'd have had to have known I might want it later for them to preserve the tissues, but they don't lean towards that explaining anything anyway. Up to a month delay for the results.
As copied from Budgie Boulevard, to close this thread.
Moss' test results came back. Not Detected (Negative) for Aves polyomavirus PCR, Beak and feather disease PCR & Psittacid herpesvirus PCR.
I was blacking out sensitive info on the PDF that came with them to post it, but it states at the bottom that you can't send it except to the intended recipients & it can only be sent in full (I'm not putting my contact info on the internet).
I'm not sure what to think. Cloud is lonely, but this was a very stressful experience. Now I'm stuck in a moral dilemna. I'll update Moss' thread in the Highway to Heaven too.
I am so sorry to hear this. Not knowing what happened is an awful feeling, losing a baby bird is even worse. I am glad for your other birds that the tests came back negative, although I know that doesn't bring much closure.
Finchly was very kind to take Twig back home when Cricket died. I had planned to adopt another baby if the worst happened, but when it did I was so irrationally scared that the same thing would happen again, especially because the necropsy was inconclusive.
Attention from you will do more to comfort a budgie than a finch, so I don't think you should rush yourself. Think about your own feelings, too.
Cloud spends most of the time watching Marigold & Frosting from his platform perch. It's very sad. I think he'd prefer a budgie buddy over me, TBH.
As mentioned in the other thread, I picked up his ashes this morning. They do a nice job at this pet crematorium & at the vet's. I didn't know they'd be taking an imprint of his tiny budgie feet. It's a nice touch.
I'll probably wait 'till they get more budgies in at the small pet shop. There were two this morning, but they're clearly friends.
I'll bury his ashes in my parents' rose garden come spring.