Death In The Bird Room

A bird wake is held before burial

Sarah Ouellet
3 min readMay 8, 2022

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Gracie, an old parakeet, lying dead on the cage floor

The death of a loved one is hard to accept. Brady’s companion, Gracie, died during the night. I expected the tiny, green body sprawled on the cage floor this morning. I expected an upset Brady.

Note: Most of my flock are senior birds, well into their teens. Most cockatiels, parakeets, and doves live a life span of 16 to 21 years.

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Sarah Ouellet

Retired passionate animal and nature lover. Feeder of stray cats, rescuing those who want to be rescued.