I have an 18 month old incredibly friendly happy little girl named Frankie. I have a very sad story to tell and to see if anyone else has experienced the same trauma....
We have always been very careful and cautious with Hazards around Frankie as she is part of our little family and would never want harm to come to her. 5 days ago we came back from our Christmas holiday and she had stayed with a friend and apparently loved being the centre of attention there ( as always) she was excited to see us and seemed her chirpy self. We all got settled in and then a few hours later noticed she had gone very (unusually) quiet and still. I covered her up and put her to bed thinking she must be worn out from all the excitement. The next morning when I woke her up she stayed very quite which is very strange as she usual is very chatty and lively in a morning. I noticed she was breathing heavily and tail bobbing. concerned, I called the vet but couldn't get an appointment for a few days, they suggested it could be a respiratory infection and to keep her warm, in active and make sure she eats and drinks. She seemed very sick and silent for 2 days and it was heartbreaking!!! I put her in the shower room to give her some hummidity for 10 mins at a time which she liked and she finally perked up and made some little whistles. I also used Wheeze eeze which seems to have really settled her breathing. As of yesterday she seems to have improved and seems more like her chirpy, nosey self. Im still keeping up the TLC regime and making sure she gets plenty of rest.... so fingers crossed this continues.
Yesterday I also came to the awful realisation of what has caused this. The night we got back we used our new airfryer in the next room, that we got at christmas and that is when she started to get sick. I read lots of articles about Teflon being toxic and deadly to budgies and quickly looked on the box to see that it was indeed coated with teflon on the inside, which I had not realised. I was devastated as most articles say death is imminent with Teflon Toxicity.
I know it is common knowledge that cooking fumes are deadly but wanted to warn anyone that may not be aware of un expected kitchen items containing teflon.... even if it doesn't seem like there are fumes coming from them.
I was also wondering if anyone else has experience with a budgie recovering from this? She does seem to be recovering well but Im scared to get my hopes up in case there are any later repercussions. Any stories or advice would be greatly appreciated.
She was in the next room to the kitchen and the door would have been opened and closed as we were walking in and out whilst cooking. There didnt seemed to be a lot of fumes but I do remember a slight 'burny' smell that comes with new products. She seems chirpier today and has started to get her voice back.
I'm sorry to hear about the incident, but I'm glad your little one seems to be recovering. Getting her to an avian vet to ensure she's recovering from the respiratory stress well is the best course of action right now. It's good that you've been doing things to make her breathing easier meanwhile.
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I'm very sorry you've experienced this unfortunate event with your little budgie.
Hopefully breathing the toxic fumes has not damaged her lungs and immune system too much and she will be able to recover.
Please be sure to update us on her condition after you've had her in for her Avian Vet appointment.
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I'd make a pledge to re-gift your fryer to a non-bird owning household, or to "Good Will" with a warning inside. Remember the use of canaries in coal mines? Frankie appears to be a survivor. A bird's respiratory system function/and sensitivity is very different from ours.