On 6/21/05, Ron wrote:
> Thanks again Robin, and all who have replied.
> I think another thing that I'm going to try is to place some type
> of plush toy such as a Birdy Buddy or some other type of "proxy
> parrot" in Scratch's cage. He and Lucy weren't notorious
> snugglers, but they would share a perch and preen each other from
> time to time. Maybe that will distract him some.
> Also, I have some home movies of our birdie family that contains
> some good footage and lots of sounds of Lucy and Sammi chirping and
> tweeting. If I can bear to watch this myself without falling
> apart, would I be helping or hurting Scratch by allowing him to
> watch this video? When I've played it in the past, all of the
> birds would usually respond wildly to the calls coming from the
Sorry for you loss, Ron.
The plush toy might be a comfort, but the tape with the sounds may
The sounds coming from the tape may only confuse him and cause him to
think that his mate is somewhere that he cannot see or be with.
Like you, he needs his time to grieve and accept the fact that she
isn't coming back. While the concept of death may not be the same to
a bird, separation of a bonded pair is very real and time is what he
needs right now.