Dead Budgie

by Kirburt
(Victoria, Australia)

This morning I was eating my breakfast when I heard a loud squawking noise coming from my budgie's cage.
I went to see what was happening and found him stomach down and squawking loudly. Suddenly this stopped and he stopped moving. I do not know what caused this as he seemed healthy and was acting perfectly normal yesterday. There has been no loud noises or actions that I know of that may have frightened him.

He was only 1 and 1/2 years old. I have heard of teflon poisoning but I do not think this is what caused my lovely budgie's death. Please give your opinion as I am extremely distressed and want to know if it is something I may be able to prevent in future if I choose to get another budgie.

Budgie lover
R.I.P. Bud

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Apr 20, 2009
Poor budgie
by: Anonymous

As a self defense mechanism, bird hide their illnesses. Sometimes you do not know anything is wrong until it is too late. This is so they are not easier prey in the wild.
I am very sorry about your bird.
Were you cooking with teflon? This is extremely toxic to birds, and can kill very quickly. If you have other birds, I would encourage you to get rid of the teflon.
A necropsy is fairly reasonable, and can usually be obtained for under $100.00 dollars, usually much cheaper.
If you have other birds, or plan on getting another bird, it is well worth the money so you know exactly what you are dealing with.
Again, my sincere condolences on the passing of your baby.

Apr 20, 2009
Budgie sudden death
by: Tracie

I am so sorry to hear about your dear budgie. My heart goes out to you.

There is really no way to know what happened without your taking the bird for a necropsy. You can wrap your bird in a moist towel and put him in the refrigerator for a day until you can get him to an avian vet.

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