That's the risk either way seems a price for everything . We feel bad if a their alone . , we feel bad when they lose a mate. We do the best we can.... someday in a perfect world At least we have compassion , others aren't so lucky ,so many are considered "Just a Bird " or animal.I'm so sorry for your loss Suzanne! I'm glad that Chipper was open to a new friend and Pearl looks like a wonderful new companion. This is the one thing that scares me about pairing up my birds. I don't know what we would ever do with Iris if something happened to Amarillo...of course, I'm not sure what I would do if something ever happened to Amarillo! We have Abigail YCA and Nibbles LCA kind of maybe bonding now too although I don't know how close they will ever be. I love it when they decide they will be friends and they have a buddy but I've only had to lose a partner once with Cooper SIE and his brother Taco...I eventually found another sibling of Cooper's, Wylee...they are as thick as thieves now!