Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption event, takes place this month. Our budgies, Ozzie, Alfie and little Riley were adopted from our local shelters – and what little treasures they were. If you are looking to add a bird to your family, please check your local shelters first. You may find a darling budgie who needs a happily ever after.
Remembering Riley on what would have been her second hatchday with us. We found Riley on the Humane Society site. She was found outdoors with a horrible, disfiguring mite infestation. After treatment from the vets, she was deemed suitably for adoption, so we brought her home. In her brief time with us, she had several visits with our avian vets for beak trims and for the recurring growth on her face. Sadly, she began to decline. Labs showed kidney issues and probable cancer. It was likely she had a flare up of avian gastric yeast as well. I wish we had had more time with her. Riley was just coming into her own. She was stepping up, eating her veggies, taking baths and playing with her toys. She took a liking to Emmy, and was her little shadow. She loved her out of cage time with the budgies. Smiley Riley gave us a lot of joy in the short time she was with us. She was a beautiful little budgie. If you are looking to add a budgie to your family, please consider adopting and giving a budgie like Riley a second chance at a happily ever after.
On Friday evening we said goodbye to our Smiley Riley. She had been ill and had been in and out of the vet’s office quite a few times (including an overnight stay) in May. Lab tests showed an infection, an elevated white blood count and kidney issues. Our vet also determined that she was an older budgie. Riley was losing weight and jut picking at her food. She was put on various medications, but continued to lose weight (despite hand feedings). The night before she passed away, she seemed to turn a corner, but then crashed the next day.
Although we only had Riley in our lives a short time, she was a treasured member of the flock. She overcame so much in her life, from the horrible mite infestation that she had previous to our adopting her to her frequent vet visits for her overgrown beak to her recurring facial “bump”. But she never let any of her physical ailments prevent her from being one of the flock. She loved shadowing Emmy, taking baths, and flying around the room with the budgies. Every day she was becoming more curious and adventurous. She didn’t let her small size prevent her from keeping up with the flock and was even becoming a little bit of a bossypants.
I wish we had more time with Riley – a year was not enough. She was a tiny little bird, but she left a huge mark on our hearts. Rest in peace, little love.
Last March I happened upon an adoption notice from the San Diego Humane Society. A budgie was brought in by a Good Samaritan with a horrible case of mites. As soon as I saw this little one’s photo, I knew we would be adding to our flock.
After a couple weeks of care from the shelter’s vets, Moonshine was ready for adoption. We brought her home on April 1st. We decided to rename her Riley, because now this tiny bird would be “living the life of Riley”. Poor Riley was a mess. Her beak was overgrown and had a honeycomb appearance and she had growths on her face. She had frond-like growths on her feet and was missing some toenails and toe tips. She was also missing feathers around her eyes and had bare patches on her wings. We kept her in a separate room for her (extended) quarantine period. Riley took some time to finger tame. She will now step up, but we still have a way to go before she is completely comfortable with her humans.
Since bringing Riley home, she has been to our avian vet for a full examination and repeated beak trimmings. The growths on her feet eventually dropped off, as did her facial growths. Her beak and cere have greatly improved. We still take her in every three weeks or so for a lower beak trim.
Riley hasn’t discovered her toys yet, but she has started to sing and chirp along with the other birds. She has also started to eat her fruits, veggies and greens. She is camera shy, and I can only get photos of her right side. When she steps up, she immediately turns to her right side. I’m wondering if this is a quirk, or if she might have some vision problems – something to ask the vet on our next visit.
Our “Smiley Riley” is a sweet little bird, and I’m hoping she will live a long, healthy and happy life with us. She is definitely a prime example of why it is best to “Adopt, not shop”.