And then there was one …… bird.

by MARIA on March 3, 2012

Twelve days ago, my husband decided to buy our five year old two pet budgies.

Twelve days later, only one bird remains. The other has gone off to birdie heaven.

I came home Thursday after dropping the kids at school and noticed both birds were on the ground and one wasn’t really doing much but panting heavy and puffing up it’s feathers.  I could tell there was something wrong, so I rushed the bird back to the pet store and they took it to their vet.

They informed us that the female (at home) had been preventing the male from eating by pecking at him every time he tried to eat. Since it doesn’t take much for the bird to die, even stopping him a few times made him sick enough to basically die from it.

I thought he might make it but I got the call that the bird died when I was picking up the kids from school Friday afternoon. I told them in the car and they both started crying. I feel awful about it.

Funny enough, the surviving bird (aka the murderer) almost seems happier now – she’s been singing non-stop, which is sort of disturbing when you realize that she just killed her buddy. As punishment, I’ve been whispering “murderer” near her as much as possible, and forcing her to watch Kardashian television.

It’s only fair.


RIP little budgie that we hadn’t even named yet. 

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sandy March 3, 2012 at 12:23 am

I am evil because I am laughing right now… I’m sorry. I feel bad for your kiddies. :(


2 MARIA March 3, 2012 at 12:30 am

Of course you can laugh – obviously I’m making light of the crappy situation. I feel bad for the kids too.


3 Sarah March 3, 2012 at 12:44 am

I am totally laughing, too. That is, like, premeditated with intent!

Poor kiddos. :(


4 Charlene March 3, 2012 at 12:47 am

Please tell me your DH wasn’t traveling when this happened?If so he’d best be watching out for a death by pecking himself :(

Poor kiddos-sad for them(and you!)


5 MARIA March 3, 2012 at 1:25 am

Yup, he was in Ireland when this all happened – typical.


6 Kathy March 3, 2012 at 8:01 am

Sorry about the birdie! I had two geckos in university and the same thing happened. Except with lizards they can go a long time without eating so it was a long drawn out demise for the poor little guy. I was so angry at the murderous lizard that I set it free in our back yard, which meant certain death for it too. (Not that I advocate setting your murderer free!) Has the pet store offered you a replacement?


7 MARIA March 3, 2012 at 9:13 am

Thanks Kathy. The way the pet store works is that since it was within the two weeks of purchase, I returned the sick bird, they took it to the vet and had it survived, I would have bought it back. I’m thinking we are going to stick with the one bird for now.


8 C @ Kid Things March 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

But she looks so innocent. Sorry for your kids, but at least they didn’t have too long to get too attached.


9 MARIA March 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

Thanks – yes, less than two weeks didn’t allow them to get too attached, thankfully.


10 AlwaysARedhead March 3, 2012 at 9:27 am

OMG, that is just horrid! I too would be whispering murderer when walking by the bad, bad bird.


11 vera March 4, 2012 at 8:52 am

THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME WHEN I WAS YOUNG! I had three birds – daisy, luke and bo (yes it was in the 80s) and DAISY killed both the guys!!!!!

It was insane!


12 MARIA March 4, 2012 at 9:48 am

The names just killed me. Hilarious.


13 Brandy @ Insane Mamacita March 4, 2012 at 10:48 am

Aww, that is too bad. We’ve had many pet birds over the years when I was a child and don’t remember that ever happening. However, my brother and sister in law have two dogs and the female does make sure to eat everything in sight before the male even tries to get in there. So mean.


14 Dan March 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Will you dare get another bird?


15 MARIA March 5, 2012 at 8:13 am



16 Jennifer March 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm

She was probably PMS’ing.


17 MARIA March 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Ha. Perhaps – she is really foul. Ahem.


18 Dan March 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I love the new photo – what a laugh.
Seriously though, has their been a fair trial? The cat might’ve done it!


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