my female sunconure died christmas morning

by duncan
(australia)

sadly my female sunconure Sunny died christmas morning vet thought she had died from a bump on the head! so hard to believe as she was so healthy night before and she is in a good cage! my problem now is her mate of three years pheonix is sad crawling around the cage and box still looking for her. I feel i should get him a knew girl friend but not sure how to go about it as he might not get along with her and being an expensive bird i cant afford to just try my luck. Any advice you can give would be great.


Thanks really sad conure owner

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Dec 28, 2010
my female sunconure died christmas morning
by: Linda

First of all, remove the nestbox completely from cage. There is no way you are ready to breed again anytime soon. You have to take your surviving bird to be examined by an Avian Vet because what killed the female could have infected him as well. Birds should not be allowed free flight in the house either, so while you have him at Avian Vet, have the 6 long primary flight feathers at the ends of the wings clipped. They do not need to be clipped up any higher as this causes chronic pain and cripples bird. The 6, long primary feathers are plenty, and bird glides to the floor instead of falling like a rock.

Have your bird examined by an Avian Vet and have tests run for bacterial/viral infection. Also have some general bloodwork to see how organs are functioning. We recommend at least yearly visits and more if you are having wings and nails clipped or suspect an illness. Once your bird is examined and found to be either healthy or sick, you can go from there about another bird. The new bird will need a cage of her own for quite a while, so make sure you have another one set up and ready to go before getting her. She will need to be taken to Avian Vet BEFORE she comes home because most birds in pet stores and/or breeder facilities are already coping with various contageous infections from either lack of medical services, poor diets or a combination of both.

Linda

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