3 Month Old Sun Conure Dies in Sleep

We have only had our sun conure (Sunny) for a little more than a month and he was only 3 months old. My other parrot a green cheek conure (Celica), and Sunny loved to sleep together in mine or my parents bed and cuddle with us. This last time my mom slept with them and wrapped them in a baby blanket and in the morning Sunny was dead but 8 month old Celica was alive and well.

My first thought was maybe there wasn't enough air but for one they've done it before and second, the live one was her energetic self so I don't know if air was the problem. I feel like there could be something more to it about poor Sunny and how he suddenly died.

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Dec 27, 2012
by: Anonymous

First of all we are sooo sorry to hear about your Birds death, this is tragic. I have to agree with the other comments about how the sleep time was handled. The real way to find out how your bird died is to get an Necropsy done on your bird. This will rule out many other possible things. No one can really determine the final death point but having the bird wrapped in a blanket wasn't a good way to deal with the bird, unfortunately. They are wonderful pets but they need to be kept in a safe locked up manner for sleep time. Parrots are so energetic and fun and can be sooo entertaining but when it comes to certain care procedure, diet and enclosures are very vital to your birds health. I am sorry again for your loss.

Dec 27, 2012
3 Month Old Sun Conure Dies in Sleep
by: Linda

As Tracie said, it is not a good idea to sleep with birds of any kind. Your bird smothered to death, and the other will too in time.

Birds sleep in cages where they are safe from harm not in beds. They are not human, never will be human and need to be cared for and respected as the birds they are.

Hopefully, this will have taught a valuable, though painful lesson in how to care for birds.


Dec 27, 2012
Birds should NEVER sleep in bed with people
by: Tracie

You made a tragic mistake in allowing the birds to sleep with anyone. Many, many, many people have lost their birds this way.

Birds should sleep in a cage. Birds should be locked up so that they can not roam the house and chew something toxic when you are not watching them. Think of all the bird diseases and toxic items you may bring home on your shoes for instance.

Please don't try to treat birds as if they are human. Care for your birds as birds. Feed them 80% high quality pellets and only 20% healthy treats or your birds will be susceptable to disease and illness. Thinking the birds should eat like humans is another misconception people have that kills their birds. The chemicals alone on and in the foods compromise their immune systems.

You may already feed Harrison's pellets or Roudybush, but just in case here is our Switching Birds To Pellets article for you to read.

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