Posted Aug 05, 2015
Marley came into our lives quite unexpectedly. My husband found him eating grain in the dairy. He was quite young, probably only a couple of months old. As we have a lot of cats around, we were worried if we left him the cats would get him, so we took him in. He was a welcome addition to our house, often singing prettily and playing in his cage.
Unfortunately, we had little experience with birds, but we asked advice from family members. We fed him seed and apples and kept his water topped up. His cage was cleaned regularly. He had a spot by the window and had plenty of fresh air and sunshine.
We moved only a few months after he became a part of our family. Several months after that he became sick. Perhaps the move was stressful or maybe he would have got sick anyway. He stopped singing and playing and would often just sit in the corner of his cage, swaying. We called the vet, but the vet said there was nothing much we could do. We prepared ourselves for the worst. Then all of a sudden he seemed to perk up back to his old self again! He started playing and singing again. Then, maybe a few weeks later, without warning, we woke up one morning to find him dead in the bottom of his cage. It was a shock. We had prepared ourselves for this when he'd been unwell, but he had been good! We've since been told that this can happen with birds--they can be good at hiding when they are unwell.
Marley was only with us for a short time, but he was a welcome addition to our family. I hope some day we can own another budgie.