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#1 OFFLINE   Linda

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 07:53 PM

When Nina, now 25, was in 6th grade, she desperately wanted a Sun Conure. One of her classmate's Mother bred them. Because Nina was a shy little girl, we decided a bird would be a great idea too. So, we bought her 3 month old AB. AB was the name he had....and it just stuck.

AB and Nina were always together. She would take him to bed with her and he would never poop outside the cage. They kissed and cuddled all the time..constant friends.

As the years passed, and it became time for Nina to go to college, AB went to live with my Mother, who has AB's clutchmate "AC" and her gorgeous African Grey, TRex. AB lived the life of a spoiled bird, with a view of the ocean outside of his floor to ceiling window.

Last week, AB laid an egg. I guess he was a she? It was a huge egg too. If you don't know, birds do not need to mate to lay an egg. Over the weekend, AB was not feeling well and not herself. Saturday night, she had a prolapse. Early this morning, my Mother took AB to the Vet, who said that she was "egg bound" with another huge edd, and if surgery was not attempted, she would not survive. With surgery, AB's chances were only 50/50 at best.

I went over to the Vet to see her and speak to the Vet. It was on that ride there that I told Nina of her bird's problem. Luckily, Nina was home last week and got to spend some quality time with her bird. I asked Nina what she wanted me to do, and as she cried into the phone, she said we had to try everything.

I told the Vet to go ahead with the surgery. About an hour later, I got the call that AB had passed away during surgery. The egg inside had attached itself to her uterus. Birds do not do well under anesthesia under the best circumstances.

I picked AB up and took her home with me. I laminated a picture of Nina that I had holding AB and placed it inside the pink towel that held her beloved bird. I then put AB into a water tight container and buried him in my garden with another bird lost years earlier.

My Mother said that AB has flown to heaven to be with my Dad. :)
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 04:57 AM

Rest in peace AB and condolences to you, Nina and your Mom.
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 06:12 AM

AB was a beautiful bird, and it sounds like she had a beautiful life. My condolences to you and Nina, I'm sure you will miss AB very much.
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 08:25 AM

Aww, I am so sorry hear about your feather friend. She sounds like she was a great friend and what a wonderful thing she did for your daughter too. :rolleyes:
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 08:44 AM

So very sorry for your loss :rolleyes: Hugs to your family.
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 12:12 PM

So sorry for your loss :rolleyes: She sure was a pretty bird and definitely very loved!

I would actually love to get a bird someday. For some reason, birds are a HUGE thing out here in Hawaii. Mainly lovebirds, but I've seen lots of conures, eclectus, macaws, cockatoos, and all those fun birds!

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 02:12 PM

What a beautiful bird, so sorry for your & Nina's loss. :fish:

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 07:48 PM

I am so sorry for your loss Linda. AB was beautiful....my prayers are with you!
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:12 PM

I would actually love to get a bird someday. For some reason, birds are a HUGE thing out here in Hawaii. Mainly lovebirds, but I've seen lots of conures, eclectus, macaws, cockatoos, and all those fun birds!


My family has always had birds. To me...they are more work than all 5 of my dogs. With the larger birds..conures and the larger species....they are very loud (neighbors don't like that) and they make a huge mess that takes constant cleaning. You really have to handle them alot or they will bite your hand...and when they do..they draw blood...even the little ones. They need their nails trimmed often (my job).

Birds get sick and have emergencies too. AB's surgery, fluids, calcium injection, treatment in an incubator, blood work and her failed surgery cost almost $700.

Right now, I have a Pacific Parotlett (mini parrot, and Jenna's bird from elementary school) that is smaller than a budgie. His mate, died a few years ago of a tumor. These birds can live for 24 years.
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 01:10 PM

My family has always had birds. To me...they are more work than all 5 of my dogs. With the larger birds..conures and the larger species....they are very loud (neighbors don't like that) and they make a huge mess that takes constant cleaning. You really have to handle them alot or they will bite your hand...and when they do..they draw blood...even the little ones. They need their nails trimmed often (my job).

Birds get sick and have emergencies too. AB's surgery, fluids, calcium injection, treatment in an incubator, blood work and her failed surgery cost almost $700.

Right now, I have a Pacific Parotlett (mini parrot, and Jenna's bird from elementary school) that is smaller than a budgie. His mate, died a few years ago of a tumor. These birds can live for 24 years.


Yeah if I ever did get a bird, it wouldn't be anytime in the near future. But definitely something I would consider sometime down the road. It's amazing how long they can live!

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 07:54 PM

Oh Linda, I am so sorry to hear this! When I was in 7, I got a parakeet. He lived 4 years. I was absolutely crushed when he passed, so I can imagine how Nina must be feeling.

My thoughts are with you and your family. May AB fly free forever!

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 07:59 PM

Thanks everyone.... :LOL:
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Posted 16 November 2008 - 11:16 AM

Linda, I'm so sorry for you and your family. Sun Conures are wonderful birds. They have such great personalities.
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