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Old 09-22-2013, 05:39 AM
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Kinny, I'm so sorry. (((Hugs)))
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:17 AM
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I'm sorry to hear of your sad news stay strong!!
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:12 AM
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I am so sorry to hear this
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:37 AM
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Re: Parrot is ill! Help appreciated!

that happened so suddenly, I am so sorry for you loss
please have a necropsy done to determine the causes of death, then you will know for sure
I have owned Kakariki's in the past and they are quite the characters.
I sure hope your other birds don't come down with this as well
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:55 AM
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Soooo sorry for your loss .

I agree with the necropsy, however it needs to be done within 12 hours of death and the bird needs to be kept in a cold place (fridge NOT freezer).

Usually, the vet takes a sample of only 1 or 2 cage mates (sometimes a couples for adjacent cages too) only as a contagious disease will have contaminated the ones living together. If these 2 samples are tainted then you can assume the worst and treat all the rest of the flock or test each individual depending what disease is present. If samples are clear, usually you wait a month and retest the same birds. If still clear, then the death was probably a problem with that bird only.

Aviaries with 200+ birds can't efficiently catch and test all birds so that's usually what they'll do.
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Old 09-22-2013, 11:12 AM
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My heart goes out to you! I am so sorry for your loss! Praying for you!

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Old 09-22-2013, 07:59 PM
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Thank you everyone for your kind words.. My Green Cheek babies know I'm upset.. they keep trying to give me kisses and cuddles. *hugs them*

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Soooo sorry for your loss .

I agree with the necropsy, however it needs to be done within 12 hours of death and the bird needs to be kept in a cold place (fridge NOT freezer).

Usually, the vet takes a sample of only 1 or 2 cage mates (sometimes a couples for adjacent cages too) only as a contagious disease will have contaminated the ones living together. If these 2 samples are tainted then you can assume the worst and treat all the rest of the flock or test each individual depending what disease is present. If samples are clear, usually you wait a month and retest the same birds. If still clear, then the death was probably a problem with that bird only.

Aviaries with 200+ birds can't efficiently catch and test all birds so that's usually what they'll do.
Mmm yeah see I put him in the freezer *guilty look* And it's been 16.. or 17? Hours. Ahh yeah, calling around right now to try and find someone who will do it for less than $300! Everything in my area is more expensive than everywhere else.. -_- Being out in the country can sure have its drawbacks.
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:25 PM
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Re: Parrot is ill! Help appreciated!

Freeze the body or at least wrap and put in the fridge. Take it to the vet to have a necropsy done. That will tell you if there is a disease or nutrition related. Could also be a hereditary issue with the line. You best way of know and planning what to do next is to get these answers.
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:58 PM
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Freezing can limit the vets ability to get good samples.
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Old 09-22-2013, 09:00 PM
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Freeze the body or at least wrap and put in the fridge. Take it to the vet to have a necropsy done. That will tell you if there is a disease or nutrition related. Could also be a hereditary issue with the line. You best way of know and planning what to do next is to get these answers.

From Antech Diagnostics :

"How Do We Preserve The Carcass? Ideally carcasses should be kept refrigerated but not frozen. If the carcass is adequately refrigerated soon after death, the necropsy can be diagnostic for as long as a week after death. Freezing, however, can damage tissues and make the histopath more difficult. Even so, we can often still make some diagnoses despite the freezing. If you have already frozen the carcass, keep it frozen for delivery so we can do a special controlled thaw. Depending on the size of the carcass, our controlled thawing process can take several days."

This company only does dogs and cats for now, so they're talking about bigger bodies of course. Usually the necropsy for a bird needs to be done soon after death.
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