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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-24-2016, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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I was very upset to find my new (I have had him since December 23) parakeet Alfred dead in his cage this morning. I had been at my dadís house the night before and my mom was with me so he could have past away last night or sometime in the evening yesterday. The last time I saw him he was acting fine and I fed him dinner after work around 5:30pm. He did have a bite on his foot from Leona but it was healing fine with no sign of infection. I had read on one persons post that you guys suggest a bird autopsy to find out what he died of so I would like to know the price range for one and what other precautions I should take to keep Leona safe.

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I'm sorry for your loss of Alfred.

Necropsy prices are different for each avian vets office when you ask for your bird to have this proceedure done, the vet will check for toxins or poisons or injuries you may not have noticed or seen or if there is a hidden illness as its sometimes often difficult to tell if a bird has an illness until its too late.

I had a necropsy done on Mr. Peepers when he passed on even though I knew what he was ill with and what he would die from, the cost was in the $100 range which also covered for additional toxicology tests.

The body of your bird should be kept cool in the refrigerator before you take it to the vets if you decide to do this.

I think its a good idea to have a necropsy done as it will help protect Leona if there was a problem with Leo's health due to some illness he might have had like Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease or PBFD.

Again, I'm sorry for your loss.





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Thanks for the information. I was very shocked because he had been in very good health, and even though I didnít know his age I donít believe he was any older than three or four. I am watching Leona very closely right now she even has to sleep in her travel cage next to my bed tonight. Is there anything that could have very very suddenly caused his death? He died next to his food foraging toy. Is it possible for birds to choke?
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I don't think I've ever seen or heard of a budgie choking before but I can't rule out that it hasn't happened as they do chew on all sorts of things. Did you notice the droppings on the bottom of his cage? Did the papers look wet or runny in dropping areas? Or did you see little droppings?

Unless you do the necropsy you won't get many answers from us with regards of how or why Alfred passed away, an avian vet is really the only person who can advise you.
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Farewell, little Alfred, you were such an adorable little guy.
Tori, I feel so sorry for you, it must have been really shocking.

There are many reasons why a healthy looking bird suddenly may die.
If you can't imagine having a necropsy you could give Leona a health check at the Avian.
I hope time will help to heal your pain.
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Sorry to hear of your loss. Did you get a necropsy done? If you want/need answers it's the only route you can go down. I think I pay around £160 for my necropsies to be done when I unfortunately need one. Birds can die what appears to be suddenly when really they could have had an underlying problem. Obviously as he is a new bird and you have a second bird then it would have been best to rule anything out. If you're still worried and you didn't get the necropsy done you could still have a CBC to make sure your lovebird is 100% too. Sudden death can often be caused by any fumes in the house, as I found out myself, and doesn't always show up in a necropsy. Had you had any candles burning, TEFLON cookware etc.?
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I did not have the necropsy done, but I called my avian vet and she said to just watch Leona and if anything changes with her behavior to bring her in. I also went back to the store that I got Alfred from and it turns out that they had a lady buy one of his siblings and while she was watching him play he just dropped dead. Their deaths happened a few days apart even though I had Alfred for a month and she had her bird for a few days. Leona has not shown any symptoms of illness and teflon/candles are not an issue. I believe that Alfred already had some underlying health issue, and I am not as concerned about Leona. Thank you all for your concerns and messages.
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