Hahns Macaw sudden death
by Charlotte Malone
(Lafayette LA, Lafayette Parish)
Maggie my Hahns Macaw died suddenly last Tues. I found her on bottom of cage with wing spread open and head limp. She was very loud in mornings or when someone entered my bedroom. Her cage was right by my bed. Unfortunately I had slept on sofa on Last Saturday night because I was expecting an early phone call, but my daughter had a friend over late and she heard her making noise (not too load not like morning).
I am overcome with grief because I remember cleaning her drinking cup cage (plastic) with a small amount of Clorox I rinsed her cup out with running water but did not use soap. Her diet consisted mainly of sunflower seeds I had tried her on pellets and also mixed nuts and crackers. She enjoyed being hand-fed while riding on my shoulder.
Lately we had ran out sun flower seeds a time or two. I was busy job-hunting etc. But she appeared well fed and alert etc. She would throw nuts she didn't like on bottom of her cage.I had bought her at a local pet store 7 years ago. The owners told me she had been under stress (due to divorce situation and kids picking on her in store) She immediately bonded with me and so I bought her and she was always happy and playful and never sick.
When I found her on Dec.21 all her droppings were normal.The only thing was that her water bowl was empty and overturned on the bottom of her cage she had had plenty of food still in her cup.when I found her on Dec 21 (Tuesday) She was not stiff but her neck was really loose almost like it was broken. Could she have fallen somehow or was my fault for disinfecting her water cup with Clorox?
She loved taking baths in her water bowl,but usually did knock it to the bottom of her cage. My daughter says she had knocked it down before but I had never seen her do it. What do you think caused her sudden death and could I have saved her if I had found her sooner? She was O.K at her last feeding because she was out walking around on top of her cage etc. I think her age was 14 years