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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-30-2013, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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A little soldier has moved on

It had been a normal day, I'd just finished removing all the soild easibed and had washed the water bowls. I put a dash of aloe vera in the new drinking water as I sometimes do and went about giving seed. I then started moving some old cages out of the bird room in preparation to move the conures out of my bedroom and back in.

It was at this point I noticed blueberry, my own 2013 cobalt linnie, throw up what looked like thick water. I was concerned but he immediately went back to playing with the others. A few mins later he did it again so I stopped and just sat there watching everyone. He was playing on the booing and flopped upsidedown and seemed to hang there but not alarm calling. I thought maybe he'd caught a nail as he seemed to fall backwards not forwards which was odd. He is quite tame anyway but I was suprised to find he wasn't stuck and climbed onto my hand very docile like (blueberry isn't docile!) but as I drew him out of the cage he snapped out of it and fidgetted like mad making indigent squeaks until I relented and he flew back in straight to the booing again and started playing.

I decided to carry on moving the cages but as I glanced back he was panting and seconds later he collapsed on the floor in convulsions. I scooped him up and shoved him up my top so I didn't drop him. He threw up some more water and then passed away. It was so sudden!! :-(

We have been over it every which way and believe the sponge I'd picked up from the sink and washed the bowls with had been used the day before by my husband to clean a dog cage with Anigene (a kind of strong disinfectant). It had no oder and was just sat there next to our mugs.

It's not even worth me yelling why did he put it back in the sink with the tea cups and not throw it away... Because I'm equally at fault assuming that as I do most of the housework I know where all these things have been.

It has been a very tragic accident. Ironically if he'd been a dog or cat he just needed to flush it out with plenty of water. It would have only been trace amounts and would have done no real harm to anyone else... Just the birds

I don't know to laugh or cry that the cleanest sponge in the house killed him!

He will always be known as my little soldier though... Because his fast reaction caused me to rip out the other 7 water bowls before I was even sure of the cause (but recognised poisoning!) and he has saved over 20 lives. Two other birds showed symptoms but they were older and have survived as I prioritized their care and have watched them like a hawk the last few days.

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May I add, as it could be taken the wrong way given he'd started panting, I didn't overheat him, he was convulsioning so much I nearly dropped him and he was barely inside my top before he passed.

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Oh no, that's terrible. Accidents are just that... It was an accident and beating yourself up over it will not bring him back. I am happy that you realized what was happening immediately and saved the rest of your flock! Fly high over the bridge Blueberry.. RIP little one.
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Oh no, poor blueberry . You couldn't have known. If the other birds also drank from their water bowls and didn't get sick, then it probably wasn't that. I looked up anigene, and it is meant to be used to clean waterers, food dishes, ect. Sometimes animals get sick and die suddenly for no reason, just like people

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Oni so sorry about your Blueberry, it is so hard to lose a feathered friend.
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so sorry

at least you were there to remove the other water bowls....
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Well Po and Abby started throwing up moments after he died which is when I went into melt down but they are older and under close monitoring and plenty of fluids they had me worried overnight being quieter than normal and Po even slept on the floor of the cage but were ok the next day.

There is nothing else we could think of and apparently according to the vet and manufacturor, as long as you flush the Anigene out it should be fairly harmless but...it IS a chemical and tested mostly mammels not birds.

Like you say maybe it was something else...a problem with the brain or something... But with the other two becoming "off" it just seemed more like some kind of poisoning.


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I know I already knew all this and I was there at the time, but I'm still going to say sorry rest in peace little one


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I sm so sorry. Soar with the angels, little Blueberry.


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It was a tragic accident, Layla. Something like that could happen to everyone of us.
We all are only humans.
You did a great job saving all your other birds.
Just try to forgive yourself and your hubby!
Blueberry knew that you loved him, and that will also remain on the other side of the rainbow bride.
Fly free, little Blueberry!
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I am so sorry
Glad you recognized the problem and had fast action. Some beings will always be extra sensitive to some items and be more affected than others. It's why the list of medicinal side effects is so long.
It was an accident.

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I'm so sorry . R.I.P, fly high and free Blueberry

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