Sorry for yet again bringing bad news to the forum, however, I do feel it is one of the places where I need to vent about anything bird related
I will just add here, even if most do know already, my aviary birds remained at my grandparents when I left home last year because I feared that they would be stolen straight out of their aviaries in the garden and it just wasn't worth the risk. This is where the communication issues come in, as I wasn't able to visit from Monday- Wednesday (don't worry, they're still all fed and watered etc!). I was told on Thursday when I came over to see them. Had they have shoved my emotions to one side (they thought I'd panic and rush over... of course I would!!!) I would have possibly been able to save the chicks. So I am extremely angry right now, even though they thought it was in my best interests that I wasn't to be told until I next came over
As some of you may know from reading my breeding diary, I have had a pair of budgies (Alice, a fairly new girl & Buzzby, a boy I bred in 2010) who had some wonderful little chicks. I am very sorry to say that it's not one or two birds, but all of them
I left Sunday evening. I got each baby out very quickly to make sure that I could get a quick photo of them and check on their progress. The two oldest chicks in particular were growing astonishingly fast. The previous owner of Alice had told me that her chicks were always huge and she was expecting Alice to have large chicks too. That was very true! The babies were doing so well. On Monday morning my grandad found Alice face down by her food bowl. She had already gone. None of us had seen her leave the nest since she had laid the eggs. She was extremely thin, had laid another few eggs in her nest and had a large egg bum on her after she had gone too. For the remainder of Monday, Buzzby had been feeding the chicks well, and on Tuesday he stopped. The chicks died throughout the day and the last one passed away on Thursday morning. If only somebody had called me the moment something had happened to Alice. I could have examined her and then fostered out a few of the chicks or even attempted to hand raise them to take the pressure off Buzzby
Buzzby was let back out in to the aviary to be with the rest of the flock as he was extremely stressed, flock calling them everybody. When I came over, after being told I rushed up to the aviary to check on everybody. Everybody else looked perfectly fine (I know, nothing to go by but it's still better than seeing illness!). I could not for the life of me see Buzzby. I went back in the house and asked where he was. Grandad told me he was definitely out there. So I went in to actually get a bit more up close and personal. He was on the floor, already dead. He was not thin, and appeared to be in fantastic condition. He was very healthy looking and didn't have a mark on him
My flock has previously undergone treatment for illnesses so I know that I am in the clear, but I am going to be testing a few birds any way to be on the safe side. I didn't have any necropsies done, which isn't exactly wise when you have so many birds but as I went to go to the vets yesterday something came up and my plans were thrown up in the air. I decided to leave it and push for some disease testing instead once the babies are weaned. I'm going to make a separate thread about that next, but I just had to tell everybody what happened here. It is devastating, and uncommon, and unlucky. They had a constant supply of fresh food and water, seeds. They had calcium and minerals. Before breeding they had the opportunity to fly, experience the weather, feel the sun and be part of a flock. I just don't understand. I really should have done the necropsy for the sake of my other birds, but please don't judge. Everything is everywhere with my head at the moment
Something ever so hard was having to give Alice's previous owner the terrible update. I had forgotten to do it on the day as everything has been such a mess but I did email her a few hours ago to tell her everything that had happened. I dread to check my emails, I can only imagine how she's feeling after having so many nice updates. It has shocked us all
The babies never got a chance. Buzzby, a friend of mine for the last 4 years died so unexpectedly. Alice, I barely knew her but she was already becoming such a huge part of the flock, a very, very bossy hen!
Sorry for the essay and the bad news. I can't seem to avoid it at the moment
Buzzby, my precious, silly lump
Alice, I barely knew you but you were a bossy grump and I fell in love with you the moment I saw you!
I don't have photos of all chicks, but here's the oldest two