My two parakeets died and appeared to be wet all over.

by Mary
(New York)

I had a parpkeet that appeared to be wet all over and then died a few days later. It did not stay wet. I just noticed it the one day. A few weeks later the same thing happened to the other bird. I noticed it looked soaking wet, dried off but died a few days later. No vet has been able to tell me what it may have been

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Dec 28, 2011
Birds died
by: The Avian Vet

I suspect they either bathed or were spray with water. For them to be so wet, the water may have had something in it like soap or something that would affect the insulating ability of the feathers. There is no disease that would cause what you are describing. Did you have autopsies done on the birds?

Dr B

Dec 14, 2011
Parakeets died were wet
by: The Avian Vet

This is unusual. Disease from stress of not being able to stay warm. Toxins and other possibilities that compounded to cause death. A necropsy (animal autopsy ) is necessary to determine the cause.

Dr B

Nov 15, 2011
My two parakeets died and appeared to be wet all over.
by: shannara

I am so sorry for your loss. I know you are heart broken!
With out all the information to clue together what happened are just a guess on my part.

"wet all over"....
did you leave a water dish in cage?
Was water changed ever 3-4 hours?
Was water dish washed out with hot vinager water and rinsed well before filling?
Do you have well water?
Has it been tested for contaminates?
Do you have processed water?
Where you on a "boil order" (bacieria removal)?
Was extra clorean added for some reason at processing plant?
Birds are far more sensitive to bacteria, heavy metals, chemical additives/ insecticides then we are.

This is why I always use distilled water in water bottles to drink. I place bath water bowl in the cage for 1 hour and remove it every day.

Nov 13, 2011
My two parakeets died and appeared to be wet all over.
by: Linda

Unless you took one or both birds to an AVIAN VET for a necropsy, you'll never know what caused this. It sounds very scary though, and I'd hold off on any more birds for a while until you find what could have caused this. Always take sick birds to an avian vet only as regular vets do not have a clue how to diagnose, treat or necropsy birds.

Linda

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