This week a lovebird at the rescue passed away. Her name was Pearl and she was a blue masked. We think she died of constant egg-laying. Pearl was the rescue owner's personal bird and her very favourite bird as well. She tried all she could to get Pearl to stop, fake eggs, reducing natural light, leaving the eggs in, vitamin supplements, but nothing worked.
Today the neighbours showed up with a box of Harrison's bird food and asked if I wanted it. I asked why she wasn't using it for her greencheeked conure. The one neighbour has a GCC with so many health problems (it's a rescue) that one of the top bird specialists in Canada had never seen anything like it before in his life (the owner of the GCC is a vet tech). Pepper had yeast infection, so bad her beak was deformed, and her eye patches were all swollen. Her feet had ulcers on them that the vets couldn't identify, and florite in her stomach. She also had a heart problem. Once when the owner tried to trim her beak, Pepper got so exhausted that she needed to be taken to the emergency vet and got put on oxygen. But recently, one morning Pepper suddenly had a heart attack and died in her owner's hands.