I had two cockatiels from the same clutch, named Salt and Pepper. They were best buddies (aside from the occasional fighting).
I noticed 2 days ago that Salt was lethargic. I was immediately concerned, and brought him to an avian vet the next morning (the vets were closed so I had to wait).
They diagnosed him with respiratory infection and digestive problems.
As I had to go to school, I left Salt with them, and he was being treated and resting in the incubator.
But then we suddenly got a call that his condition got worse, and euthanizing him would be best. We immediately headed over to the vet, and when we got there, he already passed away.
The vets said he threw up blood, and is really similar to a case of rat poisoning.
I don't understand though, we had nothing close to rat poisons at home at all.
It's so frustrating and I feel somehow responsible
But I feel worse for his brother, Pepper.
He would call for Salt, and is still calling up to now.
When he would stop, he would look at me, so I would take him out of the cage and put him on my shoulder. I didn't want him to think he's alone.
When he's on my shoulder, he would act normal. He would be preening himself and me.
But then after a while, I guess he remembers about Salt, calls him, and flies to their cage, or their favorite spots.
My dad and other sisters are strongly thinking of getting Pepper a new friend. I'm not sure if this is the right thing to do, or maybe it's too early.
I need advice on whether I should get Pepper a new friend or wait for a while
Sorry for the lengthy read, and thank you for taking time...
(Salt is the one looking out the window while Pepper is staring at the camera)