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Old 09-25-2019, 04:00 AM
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

Do you have a window jam? It's like a plastic or wooden removable bar that prevents windows from sliding. There are also vertical ones of the pull-up styles.
Is there any chance that a leak in a vent or floor could be allowing liquids into her cage (from cleaning upstairs)?
If the windows are open and screenless, is it possible that someone is throwing wash-water out from another building and splashing it into yours?


Can you get your locks changed?

Oh- SET UP A CAMERA---
you can even use your own laptop. Then live-stream it to youtube and email yourself the "share" link ahead of time (you can set it to unlisted so that only those with the link can watch it). Then, you can use your phone to check on your bird all of the time as long as the stream stays active. If no camera is possible, could you somehow call in sick on Tuesday (move your car- if you have one) and hide out nearby around the time the cleaners would be coming (to see if anyone is messing with your window). Is the front door visible from the outside as well? If not, then you may not be able to rule out the window and door without a camera. You could put some hidden tape at the bottom-side of the door and see if the seal is broken when you come home.

Document all of this-- dates, bills, what your vet said etc...This is criminal if it is deliberate and that person, your apartment and/or both are responsible at this point (if it is a human's fault).

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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

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Another update: It happened again, same symptoms. I think I see the pattern now as these “episodes” are occurring around every Tuesday. I spoke to another vet and they believe she is being poisoned by something coming from outside the apartment through the windows, such as cleaners coming every week or something being sprayed. I’ve contacted my apartment manager to figure out what the schedule for that is, and if it fits then this is the likely cause—not infection, because in the vet’s words: “the hisory of consistent bad day followed by normalcy pretty much rules that out. Infections don't act like that.”

I will be making sure the windows and doors are completely closed on Mondays and Tuesdays just in case, and if it’s actually poisoning I’ll likely be taking her back to my old home where she is safer. I’m also seeing my main vet again on Friday to discuss the possibility with her. Thanks for everyone’s help!
Any city or municipality "vector control" sprays for rodents, mosquitos, insect control, etc?
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

How terrible!!!!!! Take the bird home to your house for sure!!
People can indeed be terrible, thankfully it's usually balanced by the wonderful people....
It must be terrifying to go through this... And you are working do hard to save your bird.
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

It is likely some kind of city maintenance or even maybe the trash collection, as the dates do line up, so I think it's unlikely someone is entering our gated and 2nd story (highest floor in the complex) unit to purposefully hurt my bird. I talked to the housing manager today and he said he didn't know of any maintenance being done by themselves on a weekly basis, so it must be either the neighbors or the city. This apartment unit I'm in faces directly over a busy intersection so it could be anything that's getting in through the windows.

Unfortunately I can't bring her home this weekend, but I'll be keeping the doors and windows closed for the time being until I can make it back to my parent's next weekend!
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

Final update: (sensitive content warning)

It happened so fast and so suddenly, I’m still struggling to process it. On Friday evening at around 6 PM, I was out heading to a weekend retreat for a club when my roommates called me and told me that there was something wrong with Jay. Over the FaceTime video, I could see she was convulsing at the bottom of her cage, completely unresponsive. Her face and perch were soaked, and it looked like there was some blood as well. It was the single worst moment of my life as they had no idea what to do and were too scared to even get near her, and I could only watch. I called the emergency vets but none could send a mobile dispatch. I called other friends but none of them knew what to do. I called my parents but they were out of state on a trip. I was literally on a boat, going to an island, and felt completely, utterly helpless the entire time.

Twenty minutes later, she stopped moving and passed away.

I just got back home and they had left her body outside on the patio, still in her cage, for two days. I had told them to freeze it for when I got back but none were willing to even touch it, nor put it in the freezer.

So I will be bringing her back home tonight and burying her with my family. I’m sorry that I could not do better and I wish I knew what happened. I thought I saw the pattern but this happened so fast, so abruptly, so horribly, and I cannot understand how, and why. I will likely be terminating my lease at the apartment and finding elsewhere because this has all been too much to bear and I cannot look my roommates in the eye anymore.

Thank you for all your support this past month. Jay was a good bird and she is flying free now.
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

I'm so sorry for your loss! Your poor baby. I've been watching this story from the beginning. It sounded like you might have had it figured out, then this. It's so sad. Just know for yourself that you tried your best. I'm at a loss for words.

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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

Your room-mates do not sound like nice people.I wonder if they were involved...Maybe that's wrong of me, but what the heck...

So sorry I wish I could help.

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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

I'm so sorry, this is so terrible. My tears are falling with yours. Your poor poor birdie.
I have never heard of a disease smelling like Lysol. And you mentioned her head was wet the first time, and the last time... We have heard of spouses harming parrots here before, so I can't help but suspect the roommates...........I don't understand why they couldn't take her to the vet for you...though at that point I don't think anything could have been done to save her..
I agree with your instincts to move out, why take chances......
I know it had to be do hard not to be there. But you did everything you could!! You took her to the vet, you crowd sourced with us, you researched...
This is just so aweful and sad. Hugs to you
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

It’s unthinkable that this could have been deliberate? I’m a firm believer in “what goes around comes around” so if it was, be in no doubt there will be consequences for whoever has done such an unspeakable thing to an innocent creature.

Jay is flying high now and free from torment, but my heart is breaking for you both.
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

Hard, hard news to process, for you most of all. We , all of us, are most emphatically feeling your loss and sorrow. And outrage, should this have been a preventable death.

I made a donation in Jay's name to Cornell University's Vet progrram, with the instruction that it be used exclusivley for parrot related studies. Jay will be remembered, take comfort in that..
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