Ruth

Bird ID: 6726
Species: Parakeet
Sex: Female
Sub-Species: Standard Budgie
Died on 2021-04-23
Hi, I`m Ruth with my love Jonah. We are two sad little budgies who have survived great hardships. We are the only survivors of a budgie flock, and sadly shared a cage for awhile with our deceased brethren when our person could no longer care for us (or themselves). We are a bonded pair who have lost a lot of feathers. Mickaboo hopes that is the result of major stress and near-starvation and that once we have food and security, we`ll fluff up nicely. When we got to our new foster home with an experienced Mickaboo foster, we were very nervous, and wouldn`t eat though we had a variety of healthy treats waiting for us. We squeaked in nervous, very high pitched voices, fluttered wildly and freaked out when our foster entered the room. But our foster is very patient and, in the end, our foster prevailed! In desperation, she sat next to our cage and started talking to us. We got curious, and came to sit nearby, watching and squeaking. Then she started whistling to us. This sounded so sweet and safe that we both ran over to the food dish and started eating ravenously! As long as she kept whistling, we kept eating! If she stopped whistling, we had to stop eating and watch carefully. But in just a little while, we realized we were finally safe, and we now keep eating on our own! We had a few day stay at the vet, but we`re home now and there don`t seem to be any other problems. Our foster mom says she cannot imagine what kind of situation we were living in. She released us into a typical HQ flight cage we went kinda berserk. We were flying back and forth, up and down, over and over, and squealing at the top of very high little voices. She thinks we had never been able to fly before! Isn`t that sad? My pal Jonah got out of the cage today and she discovered that he cannot fly very well or very long. She thinks perhaps we never properly fledged and cannot fly normally. Hopefully we can learn in this cage. The vet says we`re a good weight, we`re eating well, and we`ve discovered swings. Who knew how wonderful life would be?! Wouldn`t you love to take us to your forever home and show us the love we`ve been missing all our little lives?!
In nature, parakeets (budgerigars) live in large flocks. A single bird in a cage spends much of his/her life being lonely because humans have things they must do that take them away. We therefore will only adopt a single parakeet to a household if there is already at least one parakeet living there. Otherwise, parakeets must be adopted in groups of two or more.