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Sick Parakeet - Need Advice

Saturday, April 23, 2011


My male parakeet started behaving like this earlier today. He isn't throwing up, but he obviously is ill. Have you see this before, and if so, do you have any idea what this could be?


In response to some of the comments below: I don't use non stick pans around the birds, and I am on electricty only (no gas). I live in a suburban area and don't have fumes of any kinds around me. I don't think the problem is environmental since the other bird is not sick. I haven't changed their food or dishes. I did wash their dishes yesterday, but used Dawn blue liquid (the same stuff used to wash oil contaminated birds), which I have used in the past with no problem. I know I rinsed and dried them very thoroughly before filling them with food and water and putting them back in their cage. Again, the other bird is not sick, so I don't think it was that.

Right now I am not so concerned about what caused this, as what is going on with him. Has anyone had a bird who reacted like this? What was the outcome? Did the bird survive? If you took it to a vet, what did the vet say?

Thank you to everyone for responding and showing your concern. While I don't have the money to do anything heroic, I would like to be able to at least make him as comfortable as I can until he either recovers, or....not.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HANNAHV 4/28/2011 3:51AM

    emoticon You are in my thoughts, so sorry for your loss. Bonkers is flying free, you were blessed to have him and gave him your love and care.

emoticon Hannah

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ETTEZEUS 4/26/2011 11:05PM

    I'm so sorry Carolyn.

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    I am so sorry to hear this.

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MIGURLINNC 4/26/2011 8:06AM

    Oh, I am so sorry about your birdie! I was just thinking about you today and was wondering what had happened. Poor baby! It is always difficult to lose a pet. Someone else mentioned the Rainbow Bridge site. I found it very comforting when I lost my dogs. emoticon

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TIGGER622 4/25/2011 10:02AM

    I am so sorry to hear that he didn't make it, how sad! Poor lil guy looked like he was struggling :( Sending big Hugs your way!

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ANGELEYES67J 4/24/2011 11:18AM

    I am also having sorta the same issues with my macaw. We just came back from the vet and he is on meds and an e collar because he also plucked his underside. She is running blood test but she also said its spring time and the hormones have started for all birdies. And with all the weather changes she said she is seeing lots with upper respiratory infections. You might wanna see a vet and have him checked out. this is just my opinion as I am no expert but wanted to share what I went through yesterday.Ya never know whats up with these guys as they are good at hiding illness.

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DEBIGENE 4/24/2011 10:47AM

    Although I'm certainly not an expert by know means but I looks to me like he is breathing rapidly???? It is a little hard to see in the VBLOG. I got my bird care book out and it indicates a bird breathing rapidly can be a sign that he is overheated or frightened or nervous. Do you hear any sounds like a clicking sound? that is def a breathing issue. Keep him warm and calm, sleep is a big help to birds. Please let me know how he is doing through out the day. I will send a prayer to God's ear today for him.

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SILVERWITCH59 4/24/2011 9:51AM

    Aww poor guy hope he is better,how old is he.Perhaps a stroke. also do not believe in heroics follow your heart He knows he is loved. I would probably just keep him warm and cozy. Big Hugs

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MBSHAZZER 4/24/2011 9:06AM

    Carolyn, hoping for a speedy recovery. I don't know anything about birds....

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KKKAREN 4/24/2011 8:08AM

    Keep it out of drafts.

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JAZZID 4/24/2011 3:30AM

    ... is the bird cage painted with lead paint?... we lost a parakeet this way because Chippy would bite on the cage and ingested the lead from the paint. The vet did an necropsy on him. I don't remember the symptoms. The cage we had was painted white.

I hope it's not that, but I just wanted to mention it. Good luck...

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REDSHOES2011 4/23/2011 11:35PM

    SPCA may heap, perhaps volunteer a few hours?

Comment edited on: 4/23/2011 11:39:54 PM

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WAISTINTIME 4/23/2011 10:35PM

    Make sure his cage isn't near a gas stove or any gas appliance. The fumes can be fatal to a bird. Good luck to you.

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DJ4HEALTH 4/23/2011 9:18PM

    Do you have nonstick pans? They are toxic to birds

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RUNNINGMOMOF2 4/23/2011 9:13PM

    Awww :( Poor thing. I hope he feels better.

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MIGURLINNC 4/23/2011 9:09PM

    Did he eat something or get into something he shouldn't have? Or did he get his wing caught on something? I really don't know how to help. So sorry. I hope he gets better quickly. Perhaps googling parakeet illness will get you some information. emoticon

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LTMURPHY7 4/23/2011 8:44PM

  I had a parakeet when I was young. I don't know what's wrong

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