Hi everyone - I'm new to this forum. I had to find a place to talk about our budgie.
Last night, we had to put another one of our budgies to sleep. This is the fourth budgie that has died of cancer - out of 8 budgies that we've had in total.
I just can't believe how many we've lost to tumors at such young ages. The first time this happened, it was a female budgie that a friend had given us to join our flock because he thought that she was depressed. In hindsight, she was getting sick. Within a few days, the lameness in her leg worsened and she passed very quickly. We do not know how old she was.
The second time really hit me hard. Sky was my beautiful blue-white budgie who had the personality of a big parrot in a little bird's body. He was my buddy - he snuggled and could talk, and had paired up with a nice little female budgie. Same story as before - he was avoiding using his foot (I naively thought he may have hurt it somehow). We took him to the vet, did an x-ray, and found he had an internal tumor pressing on his leg nerve. We took him home and spoiled him for a couple of days until he was in obvious pain and couldn't feed himself any longer. He was put to sleep not long after that. At the time, he was barely 4 years old.
The third was awful. One of our males started showing a bulge on his tummy and we hoped it was a fatty deposit or something. By the time we got him into the vet, the thing had split open . It turned out to be an extremely fast growing agressive tumor. We put him to sleep last October. He was only 3.
Last night was Pippin. This time, the minute I saw the lameness showing in his leg, I knew what was going on. He actually did quite well for a couple of weeks - we let him spend time with his girlfriend and spoiled him rotten. Over the past few days, he got much worse and wasn't able to get off the bottom of the cage. He went to birdie heaven last night. The vet confirmed that he had a large tumor growing. He was just over 3 years old.
What is with all of these cancers? 3 years is much lower than all of the expected budgie lifespans that I've seen. And half of our budgies have died around then.
They're in a huge flight cage, get fresh veggies/fruit every day, I've switched them over to eat pellets in addition to seed.
Has anyone else had this much trouble with their budgies? All of the ones that have died are the fancy colored ones... does that make a difference? We got them from the same pet store - maybe the breeder that supplies the store isn't careful about healthy genetic breeding?
When I see our other budgies, it's hard not to look at them and wonder how long it will be before they die, too. Now I don't want any more budgies because it seems as though they die way too easily.
Thanks for listening. Have to get bad to work, trying not to cry .