sudden death of my conure

by melissa
(des plaines il)

2months ago my jenday conure died he was 10. he was on top of his cage on his play gym i noticed him breathing hard then it became slower and he died on the way to the vet:( so i just bought a dusky conure from a lady and she died 3 weeks after i got her. she was not handled by prevoius owners. she wasnt mean just scared i was able to handle her then i noticed her on the bottom of the cage i got her out and she took her last breath in my hands. was due to stress? something in my house? i cant get another bird until know? i have 2 cocatiels and there fine

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Apr 20, 2010
Death of conure
by: Amy

Sudden death accompanied by breathing problems could mean something in your house is toxic to your birds. Self cleaning ovens, when the cleaning feature is used, can kill birds instantly. Some space heaters are coated with a non stick coating, and when they are turned on and heated up, can cause death. Many kitchen appliances such as toaster ovens, George Foreman grills, waffle irons, etc are coated with a non stick finish that is toxic to birds when highly heated. Also, Febreeze, Glade Candlescents and Glade (and other air freshener) sprays are toxic when released into the air. Aerosol spray cleaners and many household cleaning chemicals are toxic to birds. You may have to retrace your steps on the days your birds died and think about whether they were exposed to something toxic. It's peculiar that your cockatiels are fine. Are they kept in the same room as your conures were? Do you have carbon monoxide detectors in your home? Is it possible that there's some sort of gas leak? It's so sad for you to have lost 2 birds. I'm sorry for your loss. Dr. B's advice about the necropsy is so true - if you used the same cage and accessories your deceased bird had used for you new conure and it died as well, it's possible that their deaths were related due to disease. Hopefully, you'll find some answers. Until you're sure of what killed your birds, it isn't wise to bring another bird into your home. Good luck in your search for answers!

Apr 20, 2010
Birds keep dying
by: The Avian Vet

Did you have a necropsy (animal autopsy) performed on either of these birds? If not, there is no way to know what killed them. It is suspicious that they both died in a short time of similar symptoms. I think it is something in your home. Do you use non-stick cookware like Teflon? Does anyone smoke in your home? This is not stress. You should not get anther bird until you can determine the cause of death.

Dr B

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