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My cockatiel lost his brother and cage mate

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...
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I'm sorry for the loss of Salt, its sad that Pepper seems to be lost without his cage mate now.

I would give a serious thought to getting a friend for Pepper as he's never been alone and always had Salt next to him so he will feel lonely and lost. If you are bringing a new tiel into your home you should do it soon as you need to quarantine the new bird for a month away from Pepper to make sure you aren't bringing home illness to your current tiel.

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Thank you for your reply

I am thinking of getting a cage mate for him, as he won't even eat unless I give food to him by hand.
I was just wondering, won't Pepper be kind of territorial to the new tiel tho?
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Sorry for your loss. You will both need some time.
Spend a lot of time with Pepper. Give him healthy treats.


Getting a new tiel is not a immediate fix.
You have 30days quarantine & then there is no guarantee the birds will even get along & likely need to be caged separately.


Still another tiel can be company & take his mind off his lost buddy even if they don't become close friends. Still I think tiels are pretty social birds & not that aggressive toward each other & do better with a friend if you can't spend a lot of time with him.
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Thank you for your reply

I am thinking of getting a cage mate for him, as he won't even eat unless I give food to him by hand.
I was just wondering, won't Pepper be kind of territorial to the new tiel tho?
Tiels are pretty nice and easy going and like being around other breeds of birds as well as their own kind.

I think Pepper will be fine accepting a new friend into his life.

At first meeting you need to watch and see how things go between them, if they don't like each other then you keep them separate but have their cages side by side daily so they can talk and see each other every day.

Then each day you need to let them out of their cages together while you sit watching their interaction, I'm sure Pepper will visit the new birds cage and soon they will be want to be in one cage together all the time.

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Thank you for all your advice I really appreciate it

In the end my family and I decided to get another tiel, but not immediately.
The fact that Pepper has always had another tiel by his side was a concern, (he and Salt were from the same clutch, and now that Salt is not here, Pepper is alone for the first time since his birth) so this was the deciding factor.

Thank you once again, and Pepper is doing good.
He seems to know that we are there for him, and is relying on us
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Very sorry for your loss. It is really heartbreaking when we lose one of our fids. Did you find the cause of death at all or opt for a necropsy? My concern at the moment would be Pepper just in case it is something that he could possibly be at risk from. Maybe before bringing a new bird home it would be a good idea to look into some blood work for him? It could be a matter of things. He could have ingested something that could have puncture his crop or he could have something more serious like avian gastric yeast which would obviously be bad for Pepper too so it can be worth checking it out prior to that

They both look very young in that photo so if that's a recent one I'm guessing they aren't very old? If Pepper is still quite young then it may be best to introduce a new bird before he can become hormonal and what not. Young birds tend to be more curious and accepting so it might help you a bit. That said my three tiels are all from different places and are various ages. They got on just fine!
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So sorry to hear about Salt.

Fly free, little one.

I would definitely get a new partner for Pepper.
When my little Janosch died in 2014 his cage mate Paulchen was very sad. So I got a cute little hen for him a few days later, that made him so happy. When he saw her a big tension fell away from him. He must have thought he would have to spend the rest of his life without another bird. He sat on her cage with relaxed wings and closed eyes. I'll never forget that.

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I'm glad you are going to add another tiel.i know when my bam-bam (budgie) died my tiel was so upset he stopped eatting a month later i got another tiel my first was so happy he broke quarantine to get to his new friend (shadow)
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So sorry to hear of your loss. Glad you and your family are filling in. A few years ago when we lost our little Peanut Budgie we got a girl Budgie at the Rescue for his girl who was sad. They became best friends!
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I am so sorry for your loss...sadly, many here can identify with how you and your Pepper are feeling.

I also think that you should adopt a buddy for your Pepper.

When our late kakariki passed away, our male budgie, Newman, who was distraught, perked up when we adopted a female budgie (Annie).

Those two became inseparable.

I mourned the loss of Sneak, as did Mr. Dodo. I happened to be looking in our local newspaper's classified section, and noticed an ad from a lovebird breeder. I spoke to Mr. Dodo about it, and we agreed to adopt one, though we'd never had a lovie before.

The breeder delivered young Mott The Hoople to us, and that began my years-long love affair with lovebirds. He was a wonderful little guy, and he defended his budgie flock, too, even though he was bonded to me.

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