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Cosmo

Not having much luck recently am I? I guess this is what I get for trying to take on birds who need help all the time but this is almost a happy thread (don't think bad of me, read on!)

I've had Cosmo for a little while, I believe I got him when I first came to this forum. He is the bird that influenced me, yet again, to have a large flock of budgies. He had a horrific case of burrowing mites (scaly face) and had to have immediate vet treatment. Luckily, it got better pretty quick and he then went on to live happily for these last few years! He had fathered a few clutches and I kept two of his bubs back (Sprout and Spudgy) for my self. He was an all round happy birdy who lived an awesome life out in the aviary as part of a flock. I can't imagine a more happy bird. He would forage every day, sing and chirp, roll around in some kale or spinach that had a little bit of water on it. He'd always fly to me when I went in there to hang up millet off the various toys

Cosmo had a stroke a few months back but I didn't want to post about it because I wasn't very optimistic. It was hard at first but he began to adapt really well and although his balance was rubbish and his one side almost wasted he would still make the effort to fly around, forage and do all of his normal birdy things. He couldn't preen himself very well, but Monty would come over and crack his pinnies, scratch his cheeks for him and snuggle up to him when he was all alone. I knew that at some point a time may/would come when he would need to be euthanized if things got too much for him. He would often struggle a little bit but it was nothing out of the ordinary

Yesterday I had a phone call from my grandad saying he was on the aviary floor and he wasn't moving at all. I said he may have passed, but if he hasn't, put him in a hospital cage and I'll be on my way. When I got there I honestly thought he had, he wasn't moving, he was stiff. But just as I rubbed his head to say good bye he flung it up and gave me a darn good chomp!!! As you can imagine, I was pretty freakin' scared! Shortly after though he did pass away. The whole time I stood there rubbing his head, telling him to let go and he just looked up at me. He was buried next to Axel my Indian eagle owl and my dog Shep

I know it may sound awful, but I'm happy he did let go. It meant he could die at home peacefully and not have to be dragged all the way to my avian vets to have some nasty needles in him. It also meant that his suffering was finally over and he could rest. He was my favourite out of our budgie flock, and I know you're not meant to have a favourite, but he was just special

I took some photos of him a week or so ago that I was going to put up but haven't gotten around to it yet









Rest in Paradise my blue bean
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It sounds like he had a wonderful life with you, he certainly looked well taken care of and happy.

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He was an absolutely gorgeous little Budgie Daisy! He had a great life with you and I'm sure he would have been comforted with you being able to make it there while he moved on.
I'm sure he'll live on through his little ones!



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Daisy I am so sorry you have lost yet another one of your flock... But this time it seems he was just old and worn out, the time he spent in your care seems to of been very happy, fun filled times... What better life for a little bird that to spend it being loved, fed well and having the freedom to have a mate and fly around doing as he pleased then to pass naturally held in the loving embrace of his favorite person. No one will think badly of you Daisy, you have done well... RIP Cosmo... You were a very handsome boy and your Momma will miss you.
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Thank you all so much. Having such kind people to talk to about it always makes me feel better. I am happy that he went in a bit more of a nicer way than the majority of my birds passings. A lot of people think wow, that's a lot of birds to be dying etc. but what people don't realize is that 1) my flock is absolutely enormous so it's going to look like more 2) this stuff happens I'm afraid I put a lot of effort in to these guys, making them happy and caring for them. It has been my own stupid fault in the past for not testing for psittacosis that I lost so many. Dusty, as you all know, came to me with both liver and kidney disease and I lost him shortly after. I take in all these rescues and rehomes regardless of their issues and although I feel good about helping them, sometimes it's just too heart breaking to even consider carrying it on. I really am done for now, I think (I add that because you know me). I have a new house coming up and I want my money, time and effort to be put towards that a bit more, I have my pups and my current flock and animals too. I may add the odd aviary bird here and there, but they don't require my attention as much. They're happy as long as they have food and water, have mental stimulation and get the vet care they require. They don't need time out of their cages etc. because they have nice enclosures. I'm considering getting another Amazon in October. An older aviary bird, as a companion for my Clyde. Although I do want to work on him (and I do every day, I'm going to make a progress thread on that!) he just loves other birds so much. While he was at Layla's (Oni by her screen name) he seemed to fall in love with her Zon, Jazzy. It's a shame because he tries to interact with the Alexandrines who have lost their tolerance for him. He'd be much happier with an Amazon companion and a nice, quiet gal should do the trick. I'm hoping to get ALL of my birds out in to aviaries though as I feel they're able to express themselves more naturally. This is going to take a pretty long time though. All in all, I just want people to know I do everything I can
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Daisy, anyone who knows you on here, knows you have a huge flock, so losses will happen more frequently ... We also know you take on a lot of hard luck cases that may be in bad health to start with and despite good care sometimes just cannot overcome all the bad care in their previous lives and do not make it... We know that sometimes things happen (disease etc) and you do your best for your flock... You have more deaths because of these reasons, NOT because of lack of care .. We all know that. I know each loss takes its toll on you, but you need to remember, without your care, most of these birds would be long dead... You give them love, food, good living conditions and happiness, sometimes for the first time in their lives... They pass happy, and you should take comfort in knowing you have given them all that you could!
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Oh gosh I'm gunna blub in a minute haha. Thank you
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Sorry Daisy again for another loss. You do have huge flock so your losses are going to be much more frequently than most of us here. R.I.P little Cosmo

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He was a pretty and adorable little guy, a cute little fighter.
Fly free, little Cosmo!
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Daisy I am sorry to hear you have lost Cosmo.
As you say sometimes when taking in a rescue 'You never know how long they will be with you'.
The most important thing is for them they at least get to know some people do care for them. And I know from you have told me and the things you do that you are one of those who do care and go out of your way to give them as much love as you can.
Where would birds like this be without people like us?
To cheer you up I will sit down tonight and write up Jacks (SC2) story. It is one of the best rehomes I know I have done.


A tribute to my lost ones. RIP.
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Hey Daisy, so sorry about the news but at least all these birds find their way to you for a gentle and peaceful ending, and how many more have you helped to find the bird or hooman they need??. For that matter where would me and Ollie be without his Aunty Daisy?. Still searching for each other thats where.
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Oh, Daisy, I'm so sorry. You certainly have had your share of tears lately. Even though I never actually knew Cosmo or Buddy or the others you have lost, I felt like I knew every one of them through your pictures of them and stories you've shared, and I've cried with you. God bless you for opening your heart and giving loving homes to so many birds who need love and care. Thank you for sharing their lives with us.


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Thank you all and thank you Diane. It is extremely hard but it's worth it. If I can make even the smallest difference then I know I've done a good job. I just hurt a lot right now
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Im sorry Daisy,
Cosmo is beautiful <3

RIP little guy


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