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Old 03-15-2021, 06:12 AM
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Any knowledge about sudden bird death.

Hi all....

So itís been about a month since I lost my baby.

3 years old hand reared rainbow.

Now Iím not asking for advice since sheís already gone.

I just want to know what it could of been imagining that there is someone on here very experienced with birds.
I moved in with my partner and suddenly my bird had become very aggressive towards me only letting him handle her which is part of the issue...

She had begun to form black on her feathers which I was going to take her to the vet about but she was bright otherwise so I didnít find it urgent but planned to quite soon before she passed..
When I say she was fine one day and then wasnít Iím serious the previous day I wouldnít of guessed she die!? Bright talkative...
Wasnít eating dry for a few days but eating fruit so I didnít think anything of it which I am beating myself up about. Of course it happens late at night bird vets closed all after hours have no bird vets on. Trust me I called many!
Weak, unbalanced, regurgitating clear fluid, stools very white small or a lot or clear liquid I was hoping she would pull through but died 2am in the morning. Iím so heart broken Iíd love to know what happened I never got closure I feel stupid calling the vets to ask I wanted to know if anyone would have ideas what caused it. I read up the black could be fungus from patting her? Iím thinking kidneys or liver, also I finally got to hold her I couldnít believe how light she was (due to aggressiveness I couldnít handle her) she didnít appear thin but I guess she was puffed up (sign of sickness I know..) that night but even when is been feeding I couldnít tell any significance. Iím feeling very guilty that I didnít take her for that check up for the feathers sooner it happened so fast itís s a shock. Thanks to anyone who can give closure...


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Old 03-15-2021, 06:23 AM
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Re: Any knowledge about sudden bird death.

Oh no, I am so sorry to hear this terrible news! I am so very sorry for your loss, you have my every sympathy. It is so difficult to know exactly what might have happened - an avian vet can perform a necropsy to try to determine the cause but even then it is not always 100% conclusive. If you want to go down that track, you can store the body in the fridge (NOT the freezer) for up to 3 days if it can't be done straight away.

My deepest condolences go out to you at this heartbreaking time. Godspeed to the Rainbow Bridge little one, until we all meet again.
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Re: Any knowledge about sudden bird death.

As so very well stated above!

Human's forget that Parrots (birds) are prey creatures (other creatures eat them), so they hide well that they are sick! Commonly, by the time one notices their are ill, they are very ill and as a result we see it as a sudden death.

Regular, Avian Medical care is part of having a companion Parrot and being watchful of tiny variations, especially in their weight to catch when they are sick.

Sorry for your loss!
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Re: Any knowledge about sudden bird death.

Thatís my point,

In that time of
Not being able to handle her due to aggression when she fell in love with my partner I could
Not properly look and feel
The weigh of her untill she fell ill or I would or took her to the vet of
Course?!
It
Happened very quick. Before I move in with my boyfriend I was able
To handle and pat her so I would of known. Also Iím aware they hide illness and are prey animals.


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Re: Any knowledge about sudden bird death.

Sadly, I have no answer regarding behavioral changes and their effect on your relationship with your Parrot.

The reality is, if you are the primary caregiver, you have to deal with the bites and aggressiveness to assure the continued health of your Parrot.

Example: Our 500 grams of solid muscle, fully flight, Double Yellow-headed Amazon loves my dear wife, but I'm the one that gets to handle him regarding his health. He is fully capable of inflecting serious damage, but that's part of the reality of owning a Parrot.

That all said, regular Avian Vet visits is an important part of Avian Care.
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Old 03-15-2021, 07:47 AM
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Re: Any knowledge about sudden bird death.

My deepest condolences for your loss. I'm so sorry to hear this. As stated above, parrots will hide their illness until they can't any longer. Even if you were still able to handle her, chances are you wouldn't have been able to feel a weight loss significant enough to realize she was sick unless you were keeping track of weight with a scale. As small as rainbows are, a few grams difference means a lot.

Now, black marks on the feathers, depending on what they looked like, have any number of causes. Stress bars might indicate illness, but general black, worn out looking feathers may come from over preening, or just them rubbing on cage bars. My YNA has a patch of black on one wing from her preferred perching spot frequently leaned up against the bars. It makes me crazy, but she's otherwise healthy according to her vet.

Many of us here have lost a feathered friend unexpectedly, even under the best of circumstances. We do our best to watch for everything, but sadly, we're not perfect. Again, I'm so sorry for your loss.
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Re: Any knowledge about sudden bird death.

I am so sorry for the loss of your little one!
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I'm so sorry, my deepest condolences for the passing of your bird.
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