Today I was cleaning Casper's cage. I decided to try to get him to get on my finger. He got upset, and next thing I knew he was in the bottom of the cage, limp, and he died before my eyes. I have been tormenting myself all day. I know that I must have given him a heart attack and I feel terrible! I feel so guilty like I ended this little guys life! I have been crying all day. I love pets sooo much and I can't believe I started off my New Year like this. Has anyone else had this happen? One minute he was fine - the next he was gone! Can anyone offer any comfort?
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Don't torture yourself, sweetie. A healthy bird doesn't die from a little stress, you didn't kill him. You won't know what killed him without a necropsy, so you can't be sure of anything...but it could be that there was a physical problem that he was hiding - as they do so well - and his time came as you were cleaning his cage. I'm very sorry this happened, we love our guys so much that it's hard to lose them, no matter what the cause...but don't add guilt to the equation ok? It will make your healing harder, and won't undo what's done. I wish there was something to say that would make it easier...but you have my sincerest condolences on your loss.

owly
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Today I was cleaning Casper's cage. I decided to try to get him to get onmy finger. He got upset, ... else had this happen? One minute he was fine - the next he was gone! Can anyone offer any comfort?[/nq]I'm sorry to hear about your keet. How old was he? Sometimes, death comes quickly and there's nothing we can do about it. I have an 11 year old parakeet who has been healthy his entire life up until this summer, when he started having digestive problems. Out of nowhere, he started spitting up his seed...couldn't keep it down. We took him to the vet...told them not to go crazy on the tests due to the cost. They put him on anti-biotics plus a medicine to cut the yeast level in his system, which was elevated due to the illness.

That was $85 right there. He's still hanging in there today...he's lost a lot of weight and he can barely fly anymore, but he's still fighting. He's keeping most of his food down but he doesn;t eat much at all. He stays in his happy hut all day (which he never ever went into before he got sick), comes out a little while to visit & eat, but not much activity at all. He's like a little old man in a rest home. After a couple of days of him pooping in his happy hut, I realized that I needed to make some "sheets" out of a paper towel to keep his hut clean.

Every morning, I have to change his "bed sheets" just like at the local retirement home. Sad but very funny.

He barely talks anymore...used to say a bunch of stuff and mimic all the sounds in the house, but not much anymore. One other funny thing...he would never ever let me pet him before...now he seems to love to be petted and held.
I know he won't be around much more and it will be very hard when he goes, but I'm trying to enjoy his presence as much as I can these days. His departure will probably be a lot harder on our Conure, which has decided it's his job to watch over him and protect him. The conure will cling to the keets cage, right by his happy hut, and if a visitor gets too close, he eeeks at him and tries to protect him.
Again, I'm so sorry for your loss. Do not blame yourself...life always has a beginning and an end and you never know when the end will come.

Robert
I agree, parakeets are generally robust little fellows and are not as fragile as they look. Your bird must have been hiding illness or maybe had a heart defect. Unfortunately, the parakeets you get at most pet shops nowadays are very inbred. If you want to know what killed him, a necropsy is in order. I really sympathize with your loss.
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So, basically, your bird is wasting away... basically dying in front of your eyes and you are not doing anything for him... nice. ~Marco~
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. Unfortunately, the parakeets you get at most pet shops
nowadays are very inbred.

That is one of the silliest things I have heard in a while. Why would pet shop budgies be more inbred (whatever that means) than a breeder's birds? The pet shops buy them from breeders, so you are saying that all budgies are inbred? Please explain what inbred mean.
I hear similar things from people who tell me that pedigree dogs are sickly because "they are all inbred" and when I challenge the statement, they are unable to clarify it properly saying silly stuff like "well all breeders mate brothers and sisters and mother to son etc" whi is plain daft as no sensible breeder would breed to closely as his own stock would be unhealthy and incapable of breeding properly.
I'm sorry to hear about your keet. How old was he? Sometimes, death comes quickly and there's nothing we can ... there. He's still hanging in theretoday...he's lost a lot of weight and he can barely fly anymore, but he's stillfighting.

IOW he is dying very slowly and suffering.
He's keeping most of his food down but he doesn;t eat much at all.

He cannot even enjoy his food any more.
He stays in his happy hut all day (which he never ever went into before he gotsick), comes out a little while to visit & eat, but not much activity at all.

He is suffering and has lost the will to live, but at least it isn't costing me any money.
He's like a little old man in a rest home. After a couple of days of himpooping in his happy ... clean. Every morning, I have to change his"bed sheets" just like at the local retirement home. Sad but very funny.

Not funny at all. Just sad.
He barely talks anymore...used to say a bunch of stuff and mimic all the sounds in the house, but not much anymore. One other funny thing...hewould never ever let me pet him before...now he seems to love to be petted and held.

He is too weak even to try to avoid me.
I know he won't be around much more and it will be very hard when he goes, but I'm trying ... by his happy hut, and if a visitor gets too close, he eeeks at him and tries to protect him.

Don't anthropomorphise
I was thinking of petco and petsmart that stock large quantities of parakeets. If you compare them to either parakeets in nature or even show parakeets, they look like a different species. They often have tiny peaked or heads, rather than the square flat heads and faces that most had even 10 years ago when I was a parakeet owner and read up on them. They are also smaller. Maybe we used to have more English Budgie stock around. All I know is that with the increase in the stores stocking so called "fancy parakeets" of rainbow colors, there seems to be a decrease in other qualities like hardiness and longevity. I didn't mean to indict all breeders and petshop owners everywhere, just to point out that this is a problem with some store bought budgies.
I am not in the market for a budgie at the moment although we have been thinking about getting a companion for our gentle tiel but from talking to other bird club people in my area I guess it is hard to find quality budgie and tiel breeders locally. We are more concerned about the big stores carrying birds with diseases than inbreeding but there you have it.
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To be honest, we don't know how old he was. We rescued him from outside. He and several other keets were flying around our neighborhood and we caught as many as we could. We gave some away and kept a couple. Speckles, a blue and white one, died of a tumor which we treated and he lived for quite a while after he developed the tumor. We had the birds for over 2 years, so beyond that, I don't know how hold they were. Thanks for your thoughts and good luck with your bird. I know it is hard to watch something or someone to get old.
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