by Brooks
(Laughlin, Nv)

Conure, Henry

Conure, Henry

My wife bought a Conure for me on Father's Day in 2005. I named him Henry after my Grandfather of years ago. I was so surprised that Henry was such a talker. I loved him so much. He was well trained, talkative, and a joy to have around.

I want to let people know how dangerous bird toys can be. I lost Henry Dec.10, 2006. I had bought him a mirror/bell from a reputable store, and from a reputable company, Penn-Plax. The toy was wrapped in plastic, and I didn't bother to check the clacker after buying it because I didn't have any problems with other toys from this company.

Unfortunately the clacker was made from a pewter type material, not stainless steel and Henry died from lead poisoning ... I was so upset. I still cry today, ( embarrassing for a 60 year old man ) but I'm going to shop for an African Grey.

I settled with the insurance company so I can afford a bigger bird now. I have my bird store looking for me. Please, everyone, look at the toys you buy so no one goes through what I did.

Thank You very much.

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May 20, 2011
Narrow Miss
by: Ann Kurtzman

I was so sorry to hear about Henry. I have a 27 year old Amazon who got lead poisoning from a grit perch from Penn Plax. She nearly died. She got sick in October 2010 and I am still having to medicate her twice a day...and will probably have to for the rest of her life. I called Penn Plax to let them know that their grit perch is toxic with lead. Needless to say they did not return my calls. I am just heartsick about this and about the fact that other birds will sicken and dies because this American company produces their products in China with no regard to the safety of the animals they manufacture their products for. I would be grateful for any pointers on how I could recoup the thousands of dollars I had to spend to save my baby that was poisoned due to their neglect.

Nov 23, 2008
Thank you for you story
by: Kathy

I am so very sorry for your tragedy. We have a Congo African Grey, Rudy. We have only had him almost two years. We got him when he was a baby. Already I can't imagine life without him. He began saying words very young, about 4 months old. He gives kisses and waves at everyone. I did not know about the pewter. Thank you for sharing your story. I read about your new bird, and I am very happy for you. They become so much like a family member. Good Luck.

Nov 20, 2008
Thank You
by: Brooks

Thank You for your wonderful comments about Henry .. I have submitted a story about my new African Grey, Smokey .. He has replaced Henry and is just a great bird ..

Nov 03, 2008
by: Ferret

I feel for your loss... I came upon this page after having my beautiful nanday conure Loki die on the weekend when I accidentally rolled onto him when he hid under the bean bag :( It feels horrible... We only had him for barely 6 weeks and most of that time he was staying with my parents while I moved in with my fiancée. What little time I had with him was mostly spent disciplining him to make sure we could let him play around the house and stay indoors with us most of the time but now he hasn't lived to enjoy any of that.

Being careful with food and toys is one thing but also never forget to be careful about seemingly silly things like sleeping while your bird is free and leaving heavy objects like books which can be easily tipped. Conures have amazing personalities and even in such a short time we developed a very close bond with Loki. It feels very much like losing a family member.

Sep 29, 2007
by: Andrea

Thank you so much for posting your story. I am so sorry that you lost Henry this way and hope that your story will keep this from happening to another bird. I have always checked the clappers on bells but for another reason..to see if they were soldered and really did not think about the material from which they are made. Now, I will give only the "bird safe bells" to my birds.
I routinely replace the quicklinks on toys with stainless versions that I have purchased so metal poisoning is something I think about. Thank you for bringing this to our attention and I wish you luck on finding a grey to join your family.

Sep 27, 2007
by: Daryl

I too, am sorry for your loss. We lost a pacific parrotlet 3 mo. ago. We will NEVER forget our boy, and we still cry. I hope this story will help others! God Bless

Sep 26, 2007
Sorry about Henry
by: Michelle from Pa

I am sorry to hear about Henry. I know how it feels to loose an animal especially one that is a part of your Family. I wish you the very best while searching and finding your African Grey. We have a baby (Pongo) and he is a joy to watch.

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