My "boyfriend" isn't doing so well... UPDATE

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by Equest94, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. Equest94

    Equest94 Songster

    May 29, 2007
    New York
    As some of you may know 2007 has been quite unkind to us. I have lost two of my beloved pets over the summer. One being my maltese-dog, Sasha, and the other my little cochin pullet, Lucy... well, as it is said, bad things come in threes and it seems like the third death of our family is about to happen soon.

    My parakeet, Pikus (pronounced Pee-koosh) isn't doing so well. Granted he's a very very old man and should have passed away about 4 years ago (we had him for 16 years), it's still sad to imagine the house so quiet without him.

    When I was much younger and in Pre-K, I remember we had to keep journals and write/draw what came to our mind every morning. I found this journal and every other entry was about Pikus. I wrote that he was my boyfriend and that I love him so much. It's true, this little bird was my partner in crime and I even threw him a "birthday" party one year.

    At the beginning of this past summer is when we noticed a big chance in him. His muscles in his wings started to go and he could no longer do his flying laps around our kitchen... it was scary... he'd fly and then manage to flip over in the air and like a fighter jet crashing, he'd nose-dive to the ground and end up landing on his back. He was still able to crawl/climb around and sill seemed very cheerful and chirpy. I resorted to taking him outside so he could soak in the warm sun. He loved it... until the chicks came over to investigate him.


    Now, things took a drastic turn for the worse. He no longer has a steady balance. We had to move his perches down so he wouldn't fall so far and occasionally we have to place him upright because he tends to tip over and bend his neck to the point where he can't breath. He doesn't drink unless you place him on the stand of his waterer. Eating-wise he's still ok, but it's nowhere near as much as it was - he only eats those brown seeds that come in those stands (the "treats"..he no longer eats his regular food). He's not happy at all anymore. He squawks and bites. He can barely crawl/climb... he does manage to slither around a bit, but it takes so much energy out of him. He use to be a "chunky" little thing, now he weighs absolutely nothing. I can't even feel him in my hand when I hold him.

    I'm not sure what to do. The other night I took so many pictures of him and me just "hanging out" - he fell asleep on my chest and we cuddled.

    Right now we're trying to make him as comfortable as possible. He bring him to his food and water... I give him warm water with some Gatorade in there... I'm hoping that could give him a little more energy. We also made a little "bed"/nest for him to cuddle into....

    I keep expecting to find him dead, but this "little man" is still kicking. He's a true fighter. I'm going to miss this little guy so much.

    I'm sorry this post is so long... I just needed to vent and prepare myself for what is coming. I'll post the pictures of him later.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2007
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Oh, I'm so sorry your guy is going down hill.

    Sounds like you are doing all you can do to keep him comfortable.

  3. bayouchica

    bayouchica Songster

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    I'm so sorry. It's so hard to see our beloved pets in that shape. [​IMG]
    That's so amazing he is so old.You have done a wonderful job raising & keeping Pikus in such good health. [​IMG]

    I don't know what else to say... [​IMG]
  4. joanm

    joanm Songster

    May 13, 2007
    [​IMG] I'm so sorry!
  5. KingsCalls

    KingsCalls Songster

    Oct 22, 2007
    New Market,Tn.
    I'm sorry to hear about your parakeet. All I know to say is, remember the good times.
    Memories are something that you will always have!
  6. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I too wish to say, I am sooo very sorry. I have 3 little rescued keets. Thier fate was to be let loose because the previous owner was " tired of them and the mess" They have been great little companions. Our Little Blue and white...Barkley, actually barks like a dog. He is my favorite by far, but is in bad health as well and will be missed. Hugs and kisses to your little one.
  7. countyroad1330

    countyroad1330 Thunder Snow 2009!

    Oct 15, 2007
    I know exactly how you feel. I had my first budgie from age 9 through college. He slowly got old and weak, but he lived a very happy life, much like yours has from the sounds of it. [​IMG] You may try putting a towel in the bottom of his cage, it will give him a little more to grip onto since his balance is bad. Just keep loving him, that's what he needs. [​IMG]
  8. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I am going through a similar thing with my cockatiel 'Huffy'. He is almost 17. I got him for my daughter when she was 5 because we could not have a dog or cat. I dont know how long he should live, but about a year ago he lost weight and his feathers look like we put him through a dryer....all fluffy. I feel sorry for him, but he seems very happy. It sound like your bird was cared for and had a good life. He was lucky for that. Your chickens will help you through it [​IMG]
  9. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    good luck
  10. IHeartChickens

    IHeartChickens Songster

    Nov 13, 2007
    Pacific NW
    [​IMG] You are doing the best you can for him, dear. I am so sorry. It sounds like you are preparing yourself to let go when he passes. Continue to prepare while you make him as comfortable as you can (just like you are doing). Don't be afraid to "vent" again here. It is healing to share the hard stuff like this. Hang in there and many hugs for you.

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