Grieving - death

by Donna
(W. Harrison,IN)

Do cockatiels die from grieving.My mom died about 6 months ago and these were her birds. There were 2 of them and one died a few weeks ago.But before he died he couldnt sit on his perch.Now this one is doing the same thing. He is dragging his left wing and claw.He is still eating and drinking ok just cant get up from the bottom of his cage and it is zinc free. Thanks

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Sep 01, 2011
Thank you

Thank you Linda for your advice but it was too late. I did take him to an avian vet but there was nothing they could do. He passed yesterday at 3:00pm

Aug 29, 2011
Grieving - death
by: Linda

These deaths are not due to grieving but to an illness in both birds that has gone untreated by an Avian Vet.

Both birds should have been taken to an Avian Vet because both were sick probably for quite a while. I understand if you are not used to birds how this might have gone unnoticed considering your Mother's death being such a short time ago.

The other bird may can still be helped, but by the time you get this, it may be too late.

I suggest you have no more birds unless you understand their behavior and how to care for them. If your Mother has been sick for a while, she was not able to take them to the vet or even know they were sick. This is a case of an infection going unnoticed and untreated and not grief.

Birds do grieve the loss of a caretaker, and when they are together in a pair like this, they will adapt unless they are sick, and infections left untreated kill birds as they don't get over infection without a diagnosis and treatment by an Avian Vet.

I am very sorry for your losses, and wish you some measure of peace. if the other bird survives for a while longer, please take it to an Avian Vet for diagnosis and treatment. It is only too late when they take their last breath, so if bird still lives when you receive this, know that your Mother would want it cared for and brought back to health.

Please accept my heartfelt condolences, and may your future days be again filled with joy and peace even though it may not feel like that could happen, it can if you turn all this over to God and ask that He take on these burdens so your load is much lighter. It does work, so take heart in a brighter tomorrow.


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