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Sim 04-25-2019 04:58 PM

The mysterious death of a 42-day-old chick
Hello everyone,
I was hoping you might help me find the answer to a question that has been tormenting me for about a month.

As I wrote in my introduction thread, my budgies, Sid and Stella, had a total of five chicks, but two of them died.
The first one, nicknamed "Valentino" (because they were born on 14th February), died when they were 15 days old. It didn't surprise me because I knew how fragile the chicks are when they are in the nest.
But the second one, Ambra, died when she was 42 days old and it was shocking because it was totally unexpected and I couldn't figure out what caused her death.

She was out of the cage because she liked to be with us, every time she saw me, or my relatives, she started running on the bottom of the cage to tell us she wanted to go out.
At one point, she seemed tired, and was falling asleep, so I put her in the cage, on the bottom, because she rarely used the perches.
Some minutes later, I found her immobile, with her wings open and her eyes closed, and she was wheezing.
I took her and she was completely stiff, and passed away in my hands in few minutes. :sad:

Keep in mind that:
- She had hit the walls while flying several times, and she had also lost a little bit of blood from the cere due to an impact once. She might have hit the wall too hard before dying.
- A metal chair that was folded fell on the floor while she was in the cage, making a lot of noise. Perhaps that scared her to death.
- She lost some feathers during the two/three days before her death. That could be related.

What do you think was the cause of her death?

Thanks in advance! :001_smile:

FaeryBee 04-25-2019 05:35 PM

There is no way anyone on a forum can advise you on the cause of Ambra's death.
Any responses from members would be nothing more than pure speculation which does no one any good. :(
The fact that Ambra preferred siting on the floor of the cage rather than perching is a indication her health may not have been good from the very beginning.

When a budgie dies, the only way to get a probable cause of death is to have a necropsy performed by an Avian Vet.

Necropsies in Pet Birds

Sim 04-26-2019 06:55 AM

Oh, okay.
I just thought something similar might have happened to someone on the forum, who could help me guess the cause of her death.
Unfortunately, even taking my budgies to an avian vet is difficult for me, let alone having a necropsy.
And Ambra preferred staying on the bottom of the cage just because it was where all her young sisters were, as they had come out of the nest just a few days before.
Thank you for your reply, anyway.

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