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Old 12-22-2011, 01:50 AM
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Mourning loss of my Harlequin

I am new to this forum but have had parrots for 20 years. I am heartbroken as I came home from work and shopping and found my 15 year old Harlequin Macaw dead on the bottom of his cage. He was fine when I left this morning; yesterday he was fine-I have pictures on my cell of us posing with him on my arm and kissing me. Monday was normal, he spent time out with me on the couch, and Sunday he spent time while I thoroughly cleaned his cage and gave him shower time and play time. I noticed nothing out of the ordinary. I am going to call my avian vet this morning and bring him in for a necropsy. He was housed in my sunroom-livingroom with a Congo gray. I also have an umbrella too and M2 who have their own room. Everyone seems healthy, but it scares me that I didn't pick up any symptoms. I know birds mask illnesses, but he was so normal-laughing, talking, playing. I want to make sure it's nothing contagious.
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:58 AM
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Re: Mourning loss of my Harlequin

I'm so very sorry for your loss. That's a good idea to make sure it wasn't from anything contagious.
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:58 AM
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Re: Mourning loss of my Harlequin

I am so sorry to hear that!!!! Do you know the sex of your macaw? Egg binding is a possibility too!!! I just lost a girl tiel of mine from egg binding a month ago so I know how you feel....
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Old 12-22-2011, 03:22 AM
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Re: Mourning loss of my Harlequin

Oh, no... you must be devastated...

Good on you for getting a necropsy done... I'll be very interested in hearing the cod.
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Old 12-22-2011, 04:30 AM
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Re: Mourning loss of my Harlequin

I'm sorry for your loss! It sounds like you're doing the right thing.
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Old 12-22-2011, 05:53 AM
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Re: Mourning loss of my Harlequin

How long had your macaw been housed with your african grey? Do you use any type of air filtration system in your home? Greys and cocktoos are very dusty birds and could be a problem for macaws. I have read that housing them together or in the same room really isn't a good idea. But I don't know this first hand. When was his last vet check?

I'm sorry for your loss.
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:37 AM
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So sorry for your loss
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Re: Mourning loss of my Harlequin

I know you must be sick with grief. It is a very sad event when a bird we have had in your home and love dies.
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Sorry to hear of your losses ~
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:00 AM
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Re: Mourning loss of my Harlequin

I am sorry for your loss.
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