When he was just a featherless chick, a rogue hen invaded the nest. She attacked the mother hen driving her out, and then attacked the chicks.
In the three years since, Ive watched this bird very carefully, expecting that he would be susceptible to respiratory infections or, should he be unable to keep his beak in trim, not be able to feed himself. But neither of those have happened and at this point I dont expect they will.
Sure, he has buckleys chance at being adopted as someones pet. But thats OK, I will look after him for all of his days. Ive even seen him feeding his girlfriend! He can still do all the things that a budgie is meant to do. As a bonus, he has a very cheerful disposition too.
I thought Id name him Phantom (of the Opera), but decided against it. I mean, how would you feel, if your name was just a reminder of a traumatic event? So although Im not especially fond of the composer of Phantom, I thought "Andrew" was a nice enough name for this happy chappy.