And then there was one …… bird.

3rd March 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 thoughts on “And then there was one …… bird.

    1. MARIA Post author

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

  1. Charlene

    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!)

  2. Kathy

    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?

    1. MARIA Post author

      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.

  3. vera

    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!

  4. Brandy @ Insane Mamacita

    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.


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