Why did my crimson bellied conure die?

by Lori

I had a crimson bellied conure for maybe two weeks before he died. I fed him 1/4 cup pellets everyday that he would chow down happily with fresh water as well as fruits and vegetables. He was very rambunctious and loved being held. He also loved to dance and peep at you. One morning I woke up to him peeping and whistling. I went and fed him his food and he ate it right away. When I went to check on him he was on the floor of his cage blinking and breathing slowly. Then he died.

I took him to the place where I bought him and they said he was thin and possibly starved. But that couldn't be right! He always ate all his food and I fed him the amount the vet told me to.
As an additional detail I noticed he would get a lump in the side of his neck that felt real solid and out of place which I thought maybe is normal for birds after they eat. He was only just recently put on solid food. I did not hand feed him the people at the aviary did and said he was ready to be on a solid diet.

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Nov 21, 2011
cause of death
by: Anonymous

sounds to me like your bird choked on its food it
happened to one of my birds before. Feed smaller size pellets or seed to prevent this from happening again to your next bird

Nov 13, 2011
Conure died
by: Tracie

I am very sorry for your loss. Unfortunately Dr B can not tell you why your bird died unless he did a necropsy on the bird.

It is possible that something toxic in the air could have killed your bird, if the bird got out of the cage with you, it could have chewed something toxic too. It is possible it had a defect, and the list goes on and on.

I can't imagine a pellet diet that says you feed a conure 1/4 cup of pellets a day. You may have had your bird on a cheap pellet that was full of sugar and chemicals. If you purchase another bird, please consider switching it to Harrison's or Roudybush pellets that can be purchased here or at your avian vet's office most likely.

Also, I suggest that if you purchase another bird to either have the breeder take the bird to an avian vet for a check up before bringing the bird home or you take the bird to an avian vet to make sure it is healthy and disease free.

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