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Old 12-09-2018, 03:17 PM
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I accidentally crushed my bird.

Hi everyone, I'm new here, and I don't mean to be a bummer or anything, but I just want to share something that happened this morning.

I had a Green-Cheeked Conure named Gizmo. We hadn't gotten around to getting his DNA tested to determine his gender before this incident, so I will be using he/him pronouns since we all had a gut feeling that Gizmo was a boy.

Before this incident, I used to sleep a lot with Gizmo cuddled up beside me. I never paid it much thought, since I do not move at all while I sleep, and he seemed very happy. I'd always make sure he was in a spot where I could see him, and did not go to sleep before he did. Sometimes it was with me, and sometimes he would be cuddled up with a thin blanket he seemed to like.

I'm sure you guys can see where I am going with this.

Thankfully, later I was told that it is actually extremely dangerous to sleep with your bird next to you, so I stopped and opted to look for one of those tiny huts for him to sleep in.

Recently, however, we went and got his wings clipped for the first time, and I felt really bad because Gizmo seemed to be having a lot of trouble adjusting. We had not managed to find him one of those huts yet, so we just settled with covering his cage and all that. But last night I just felt really bad and thought that it wouldn't hurt to let him sleep next to me this one night as long as I was really careful. I thought that the chances of him dying were slim.

Big, big mistake.

I fell asleep before I could take any of the precautions I mentioned earlier (which probably wouldn't have helped anyway). Because he was sitting on top of me at the time that I fell asleep(I sleep on my side), he hopped down and settled for going to sleep behind me or something. In the morning when I woke up, I forgot that he was with me, and moved a little bit, then fell asleep again. That must have been when I began crushing him because a little bit later, my mom came in and realized that he was under me.

I made a really big, irresponsible mistake, and wanted to share it. I shouldn't have ever doubted how fragile birds really are, and I really regret it.

Gizmo was the most amazing bird, and I hate that he had to suffer this way. I love him so much. He deserved better.
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Old 12-09-2018, 03:28 PM
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Re: I accidentally crushed my bird.

I am so sorry for your loss. It is truly devastating. Thank you so much for sharing, because you are not the first person to sleep with his/her bird, and despite warnings, sometimes I fear that it takes stories like this to really change people's opinions/behavior. I hope that your story saves lives and again, I am so sorry. Everyone makes mistakes and by sharing yours, you are preventing others from making the same one. Thank you for being brave enough to post it.

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Old 12-09-2018, 03:31 PM
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Re: I accidentally crushed my bird.

Greetings fouri. I’m so sorry your first introductory post had to be this. You have my most profound sympathies.

Unfortunately we’ve had this near identical story a couple times on this forum. Please don’t take it out on yourself. You gave gizmo a wonderful home. Unfortunately accidents can and do happen. Sometimes avoidble, sometimes not. But don’t doubt for one moment that you did everything you could for him.

Big hugs to you.
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Re: I accidentally crushed my bird.

My deepest condolences for your loss of Gizmo.

Tragic accidents happen, perhaps another member will read this and ensure this does not happen to one of their birds.
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Old 12-09-2018, 05:41 PM
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Re: I accidentally crushed my bird.

Sighhhh….




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Old 12-09-2018, 06:16 PM
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Re: I accidentally crushed my bird.

Words cannot express how sad this is to hear. You are very brave to have shared this incident with all of us. I am the new owner of a Golden Conure. I have always had very large birds like Macaws and Cockatoos so they would not allow me to go to sleep with them on me or next to me because they would either nip me or they would get off me and go to there cages. I fell asleep for a short time yesterday with my GC on my chest. This is a big lesson for me to not let that happened again! I am so sorry for your loss but I respect you so much for letting us know what happened. I know in my case I shall not let that happen with my new precious GC after reading this post. You are to be commended for telling us your tale of woe. RIP Gizmo!
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:27 PM
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Re: I accidentally crushed my bird.

I am so very sorry! I understand the pain and it is going to take time to heal for you!
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Re: I accidentally crushed my bird.

Im sorry, I know this is really hard to deal with.
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:41 PM
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Re: I accidentally crushed my bird.

I'm very sorry for your loss. It's extra painful when you blame yourself. Have a little funeral for him, tell him you love him and send him away to parrot heaven. He'll wait for you
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Re: I accidentally crushed my bird.

So sorry to read this.
Thank you for posting- most of us have made mistakes with our birds one time or another, always sad when there is no happy end.
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