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Posted 5/2/2010 11:11:52 AM Post #2279
 

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I purchased a male parakeet in Feb.  In March I purchased a female parakeet.  They were happy together and so cute.  I was going on vacation in April and had a friend checking the birds and other pets.  The day after I left the female was dead on the bottom of the cage.  I'd left plenty of food and water and the only thing new was a seed treat I'd purchased at the local pet store.

3 days after the female died the male was dead.  They were purchased at different stores.  Neither showed signs of being ill.

I waited about 3 weeks, cleaned the cage out and purchased a baby lovebird last Sat.  She was a "love" so sweet and cuddly.  She loved being out of her cage with me and my daughter in the evening.  She was active and climbing her ladder and very chirpy.  On Friday she was dead.

I'm clueless.  I've had the gas company out to check for Co2 and a gas leak, nothing. 

What else should I check for and how can I have another bird until I find out what happend to these babies?

Debbie

Posted 5/6/2010 12:18:22 PM Post #2281
 

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Debbie,

I'm so sorry for your losses, it must have been very hard for you and your family.

I have some questions for you...

1.  Did any of the birds ever do anything out of the ordinary?  Were they eating, drinking, playing normally?  What kind of diet were you feeding them?  Any fruits/veggies?  Any mineral blocks/supplements? 

2.  Was the cage located near a window or air vent that could have been drafty or hot?

3.  Did you take any of them to a vet before or after they died?  If after, was a cause of death noted?

4.  Have you ever had your water tested for mineral/heavy metal content?

5.  What did you clean the cage/toys with?

6.  Was any pesticide/chemicals used near the cage at any time?

We usually recommend quarantining birds for 1-2 months just to make sure the new bird(s) don't start acting sick, as well as to make sure the current bird(s) don't start acting sick.   Either one of the parakeets could have been carrying something when you got them, but didn't start showing signs until April.

~Christie

Posted 5/6/2010 12:33:33 PM Post #2282
 

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Contact your veterinarian about what to clean the cage, dishes, and toys with, as well as their recommendation on how long to wait before getting another bird. 
Posted 2/24/2011 2:52:13 PM Post #2545
 

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It's sad when a bird dies. First of all, WHAT DID YOUR FRIEND DO? Ask them. Second, I've seen many animals die from unwashed cages. Especially before you put the bird in, did you wash the cages with water? If you haven't, make sure you do. Do you have a vet? Did your vet check your birds? The best thing to do when you get a bird is take it to an avian vet. The best thing to do when your bird dies is to take it to the vet and find out what killed it. Please don't try to get another bird before you find out why they die.

ME!!!!
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