sun conure death while grooming

by Jen
( Lakewood, CA)

While taking my 11 year old sun conure to be groomed, before clipping the wings and while filing the beak, he just died. I have been taking my bird to this man for years for grooming. He has been in the bird business for 30 years and this is the 4th time this has happened. He said the bird was probably stressed. We took the bird home and buried it.

Our 3 children were very upset. We noticed that his eye was kind of popped out. Do you think this was stress or do you have any other ideas? He had another bird that looked like Sunny and he felt bad so we bought her very cheap. What do you think?

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May 06, 2016
An Avain Vet is no guarantee
by: Anonymous

Well, the same thing happened to my 17 year old Greenwing. He died in the hands of his avian vet while being groomed. We were and still are devastated. I'm sure he must have had an underlying problem we were not aware of. But he basically died from stress.

Aug 12, 2011
Conure died during grooming
by: The Avian Vet

I am sorry for your loss. This does happen, but for me, rarely. It is possible that the bird was mishandled, but it is more likely that there was an underlying health problem that was not diagnosed. During any of the previous visits did you have any blood work done, or x-rays or any other diagnostics to determine that your bird was healthy? An autopsy would have been the best thing to do to determine the cause. Stress rarely almost never causes death in a healthy bird.

Dr B

Aug 08, 2011
sun conure death while grooming
by: Linda

I'm not the avian vet, and he will get back with you shortly. I think the so called groomer is killing the birds. A perfectly healthy parrot does not die from having toenails, wings and/or beak clipped.

From now on, please take your birds to a licensed, trained Avian Vet to have grooming done. Yes, this guy has been in the business for 30 years, and I worked for a person like this some years' ago, and instead of taking sick birds to avian vet, he let them die and threw them in the trash. Do not let how many years a person has been into birds cause you to not see the truth. This person may have killed your birds because for one thing, you do not file a beak, an avian vet clips it using hand clippers that look like cat claw clippers, and an assistant helps them, so stress is minimal. What your birds have experienced at the hands of this person is extreme stress from extremely bad handling.

Never, ever go back to them and recommend your friends also do not go to him.

Thanks for writing, and I'm sorry for your loss and for your children's pain. Please use licensed, trained avian vets in future for all grooming, diagnosing and treating of your birds.


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