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Old 06-05-2017, 12:18 PM
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Bird killed itself

So after having my Conure Ozzy for a whole 2 weeks he decided to commit suicide.

We had finally started getting a friendship going, slowly. He was stepping up and would sit on my shoulder. Saturday morning he suddenly decided whilst he was playing to take off and fly across the house and slam himself into a wall which broke his neck.

I'm really confused as to why he did this as he seemed really happy and just a bit down as this is the second Conure I've had that has died within 2 months. My first dying from an apparent heart defect.

Has anyone got any advice for me on what I should do? Or anything? This has really hurt me and has made my enthusiasm for bird ownership go, as it feels like I should have done something to stop this happening.
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Old 06-05-2017, 12:36 PM
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Re: Bird killed itself

Sorry for your loss. No idea why a bird would fly into a wall unless he was really unskilled as a flyer ...which sounds like the case here. He just did not have the skills yet. I have 2 birds... both free to fly if they want. My amazon choses not to... he would rather walk. My lil conure was a skilled indoor flyer until he was maimed by a vet tech taking X rays... injuring his wing permanently. Again.. so sorry you lost what would have been an awesome lil buddy.
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Old 06-05-2017, 12:42 PM
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Re: Bird killed itself

thanks for the words. He didn't seem to be unskilled, he was in an aviary before my place which was smaller and even in his cage he would fly to parts of it and would make it through the hallway. When I watched him it looked like he did it on purpose. He looked over at the other side of the room for a couple minutes then took off at full speed and made no attempt to stop.

My mum is out of town for a couple days and said she'll talk to me about what I want to do when she's back but I'm really unsure. I've loved the time I spent with my birds, my first Green Cheek was incredible, being recall trained within a week of owning him but now 2 have 2 birds go within a month of each other it feels like I'm being told I shouldn't own one
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Old 06-05-2017, 01:33 PM
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Re: Bird killed itself

I am very sorry for your loss of Ozzy. Losing two birds in quick succession is terribly sad.
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Old 06-05-2017, 01:34 PM
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Re: Bird killed itself

I dearly love my critters so I can imagine. I had one bird die in my hands of a stroke brought on by a guest feeding my birdie "fritos" but I didn't stop with birds.. I got rid of "guest".
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Old 06-05-2017, 02:50 PM
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Re: Bird killed itself

I am very sorry for your loss.
I can only say it sounds like something put him into panic mode.
When that happens it GO GO GO to get away from something. It might have been a sound outside, a draft of air, the sound of a crow/raven . Almost anything.
I seriously doubt he did it on purpose.
I heard once of a bird (African Grey) that I think killed himself.
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Old 06-05-2017, 03:09 PM
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Re: Bird killed itself

thanks everyone. I really don't know what happened with him, such a shame after the work I did with him.

I'm not sure if I should get another bird all things considered and I think the breeder I've gone to may think I'm hurting them if I go for another one. I don't like the idea of living alone in my place and can only really have birds or small rodents which I don't like rodent animals all that much. And wanting something cuddly and playful which is what brought me to the green cheeks

could anyone help with me deciding whether I should think of another bird or if I should pack the cage and stuff away?
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Old 06-05-2017, 03:38 PM
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Re: Bird killed itself

I also lost two birds in quick succession. I put the cage and toys away and sulked about it for a couple weeks. I both wanted another bird and didn't want as I felt as it was my fault I lost two so quickly. I ended up eventually rehoming a black capped conure and it's been great. Maybe you should consider rehoming an older bird when you are ready.... I am glad I did!
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Old 06-05-2017, 03:50 PM
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Re: Bird killed itself

I would try something like that but I'm in the UK where parrots are hard to come by. With the 2 I had I had to do a 120 mile round trip to get them, which gives you an idea of the situation with birds here.

It's not so much the birds themselves that I don't want, I just don't want to go through only having one for a couple weeks before they die again
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Old 06-05-2017, 04:02 PM
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Re: Bird killed itself

I'm so sorry for your loss, you sound very dedicated and good hearted. Maybe take a few months off and then consider giving it another go. You have had some rotten luck. Hope you don't give up completely. Good bird parents aren't easy to come by.
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