tikigirl8918 asked in PetsBirds · 1 decade ago

my parakeet died ?

can you tell me all the symptoms a parakeet would have if it was unhealthy or if it was just old age . i am trying to figure out why my parakeet died .

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  • 1 decade ago
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    When a parakeet is sick, i usually will hide it's sickness as long as it can (survival thing). Sorry this list is so long. It was to hard to summarize.

    Unusual Droppings: The color of your bird's droppings will vary slightly depending on what you feed him. Nonetheless, you should watch out for droppings that are yellow, rusty brown, or tarry black. These can be indicators of internal bleeding, amongst other serious problems. You should also notice if there is a major change in the consistency of your bird's droppings. If they are too runny or too firm, it can cause complications for your pet.

    Ruffled Feathers: Birds that sit with their feathers fluffed out for prolonged periods of time are often affected by respiratory problems or other disorders. Ruffled feathers are also good at concealing weight loss, which can be life threatening for a bird. If you observe this behavior in your pet for more than a day or so, you should contact your vet as soon as possible.

    Red, Inflamed, or Runny Cere: Your bird's cere is what we perceive as his nose -- the little patch above his beak that holds his nostrils. Pay close attention to your bird's cere. If you observe any redness, inflammation, or discharge, there is a very good chance that you pet could be seriously ill. Make sure to keep your bird wrapped up and warm on the way to the vet.

    Cloudy Eyes: If your bird's eyes look cloudy or have a discharge coming from them, he may be affected by a respiratory, nervous, or muscular disorder. You should rush to the vet as soon as possible as your bird needs immediate treatment.

    Reduced Appetite: Birds have extremely high metabolisms, so it is vital that they receive adequate nutrition every day. If your bird stops eating and begins to lose weight, it may be a sign of an intestinal blockage or impaction, in which case he could die very quickly without medical attention. Make sure to clean out the bottom of your bird's cage every day before you feed him. This provides an easy way to monitor food consumption, not to mention changes in droppings.

    Open-Mouthed Breathing: Respiratory problems are among the most common bird illnesses, and unfortunately the most serious. If you see your bird breathing with his mouth open while at rest, there is a good chance that he is not only sick, but has been for quite a while. This is one of the most serious symptoms of illness in birds, and requires immediate veterinary attention, with probable hospitalization.

    Dirty Feathers: Birds are, by nature, hygienic animals that bathe often and preen their feathers daily to keep them clean. If you notice feathers around your bird's face or rump that appear messy, clumped up, or stuck together, it is an indication that your pet could be sick. Food consumption and droppings should be monitored closely for a day or so, and any changes noted and relayed to your vet as soon as possible.

    Weight Loss: Many sick birds ruffle their feathers when they don't feel well, effectively concealing any changes in body mass and loss of weight. Weight loss can be devastating to a bird's health, not only in terms of reduced strength, but inhibition of organ functions as well. Weigh your bird regularly so that you will know if your pet is having trouble maintaining his weight.

    Tail Bobbing: As with many common signs of illness in birds, prolonged and repetitive bobbing of the tail can be indicative of a respiratory infection. Unlike people, birds lack a diaphragm to separate the chest cavity from the stomach. The muscles located at the base of the tail help birds breathe by playing a part in expanding the lungs to take in air. If a bird is having trouble breathing, the tail muscles will work harder, causing the tail to bob up and down. Tail bobbing is often not noticeable until later, more serious stages of illness, so if you see your bird behaving in this manner, report to the vet immediately.

    Changes in Vocalizations: Much like humans, birds who don't feel well often become less talkative than usual. Pay close attention to your bird so that you can learn his normal vocalization patterns. If you stay in tune with the way your bird behaves, it's possible to pick up on clues to that way that he feels. If you notice any changes in frequency or general tone of your bird's vocalizations, he should be monitored for additional symptoms for the next few days. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

    I hope this information was helpful to you. Sorry your parakeet died. It hurts to lose a pet.

  • 1 decade ago

    I had a parakeet who was a little Houdini

    despite attempts to restrain him, he was always getting out

    i made locks on his doors and windows

    he would be out and hiding somewhere if ever i left the room

    even for only half an hour

    eventually he mysteriously died

    probably ate too much dust, or a spider, anything

    birds need to be attended when they are out of their cage

  • 1 decade ago

    When a bird dies it could be from different reasons. It could be from old age. Also if it fights a lot it will eventually die. Also if you don't keep its food and water clean it could also die. And finally they could die because of sadness when there is no other bird or when you are not with him a lot of his time.

  • 1 decade ago

    my first one died at the age of three he was ill a couple of days , little eating sitting silently, in the morning he died.

    second one was at age of 15 and died of old age, got silentlier last couple of years made less noise

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    This is very disturbing but if they had any kind of red liquid coming out of their bottom they had a horrible disses

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    They are lethargic and may stop eating, mostly they fluff up and may stay on the floor of the cage.

  • molly
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    the only reason he was standing on his perch was because he was nailed there... I'm sorry. every time I hear about a dead bird I think of Monty Python's dead parrot skit. check it out it may cheer you up.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Probably ate some plants in your house. mine did and died.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I don´t really know much about bird´s , but just like to say sorry for your sad news

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Bird flu? Get it? ..never mind. I'm sorry to hear about ur bird's passing

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