Break out the millet!
January 25, 2013.
We bring home our little ray of sunshine. We found Sunny on Craigslist. She wasn’t tame and was frightened of our hands. But with time and patience she began to trust us.
When we introduced Sunny to the flock, it was love at first sight for Dewey. He was enchanted and was never far from her side. And the feeling was mutual. They were a devoted (and cute) couple.
Sunny was a water baby. Of all our birds, she loved baths the most. She would be the first in the “tub” and the last out, and would end up completely soaked. I hope there are lots of fountains over the rainbow bridge.
I think Sunny liked to play hide and seek (or was probably looking for somewhere to nest). The bookcase was a favorite spot, and she would nibble on some of the books. Naughty! She loved paper towel tubes and hiding behind the blinds and play gyms. But if you called her name, her little yellow head would pop up.
Sunny was a good eater. At first she wouldn’t even eat lettuce, but the budgies showed her that fruits and veggies are delicious. Of course, she also loved millet. And more millet.
Sunny was a playful budgie. She loved to drop her footie toys off the top of the cage. I would catch them and put them back and she would do it again and again – a very fun game. Shreddable and chew toys were favorites and she was often beak deep in balsa.
A couple years ago Sunny developed arthritis and could no longer fly. We moved her into her “condo” at night, so she wouldn’t fall off her perch.
Sunny got lots of exercise running around on the floor and playing with her footie toys. The other budgies would join her so she wasn’t alone. When she was done playing, she would step up on our feet and look up at us so we could put her back in the cage. Elevator up!
Photos of Sunny with her budgie flock: Cooper, Dewey, Ozzie, Emmy, Alfie, Gordie, Lera, Felix, Harvey and Riley.
Thank you, Sunny, for being the sweetest budgie. You gave us so much joy and love. You truly were a little ray of sunshine
Last month we lost our beautiful Sunny. She had been ill for quite some time, beginning in April. After having some labs done, she was diagnosed with an infection and avian gastric yeast. She was in and out of the vet’s office several times and was put on various medications. We had to keep her separate from the other birds, so she moved into her condo full time.
The last couple months were a roller coaster – she would seem to get better, then relapse. Keeping her food down and her weight up was a struggle. But Sunny was a trooper through it all.
On August 12, she said goodbye to the budgies. We put her on a heating pad on my desk and stroked her head and told her how much we loved her. Then she was gone.
It’s been a rough year for the flock, and losing Sunny was a big blow. She was such a sweet, gentle, little budgie and we loved her more than words can say. I still can’t believe she’s gone. I hope she is in a better place with the rest of our rainbow budgies and her darling Dewey.
The flock sends their love to the people of Ukraine.
Sido, Emmy, Cooper and Felix
(Sunny is in her condo)
Look what arrived in the mail!
This wonderful cross stitch of Sunny by our friend Kelle (her shop is BitchingStitch on Etsy).
It captures her sunny good looks – from her sweet expression to her sunshine sky blue and yellow coloring.
Sunny has been having some health issues recently so this beautiful cross stitch portrait cheered her up (and her humans, too).
Thank you so much Kelle for this fantastic gift. We love you!
Look who is 11(ish)!
Here’s the hatchday girl with her present.
And here she is celebrating with millet.
Sunny has had a tough couple of weeks. She’s had two vet visits, one to have fluid withdrawn from her abdomen and one due to vomiting and listlessness. She is doing much better and is just now finishing up a course of antibiotics. Until she is in the clear, she is hanging out in her condo. So no having to share her millet and toys : ).
Happy hatchday Sunnybuns – we love you!