Back in August our blue budgie "Trouble" had died, quite unexpectedly.
We had since got another bird, and today she has passed on.
Again, no symptoms leading up to it. She was highly active yesterday and enjoying herself. Ran up to the front to pose for some pictures when she saw the camera. In the evening My girlfriend and I were watching TV and I noticed the bird sleeping on the bottom. This seemed strange but when I walked up to the cage she bounced right up to her food dish for attention. Later I added food to her dish. While the dish was out of the cage she was running around the bottom and bouncing like a robin with excitement. Then at bed time I found her sleeping in the dish. I picked her up to move her to a perch, while she bit my finger hard. She stopped biting when she seemed to realize my finger is not a threat but would not let go of my finger with her feet. I had to lift her off with my other hand and set her on the pearch
It was time to be covered and go to sleep. At one point in the night probably 4 hours later, I had to use the bathroom and I thought I would check on her while I'm up. She was sleeping on the bottom but moving around. I know its odd for them to sleep on the bottom, but this bird would do all sorts of strange things in her unique way.
In the morning my girlfriend found the bird dead on the bottom.
We had this bird 2 months, with no official name as we couldn't agree on one. She was about a month or so old when we got her from P.J.s Pets in Edmonton, AB. Why again? why with no symptoms? And our other budgie (Peanut) is still just fine.
There are some similarities between the new bird and trouble, that do not apply to Peanut.
-The other birds liked to chew the plastic food/water dishes. (Peanut never does)
-They chewed the towel on their cage more than Peanut would
-They liked to squeeze themselves in small places. The new one would try to squeeze through the perch of her food dish.
We're going to stop using teflon pans around here. We don't burn them, but I have to wonder if repeated doses of small amounts of teflon over time causes a problem
We're also suspicious of the roudybush food we feed them. Could it have gone bad for something be wrong with it? Then again Peanut seems perfectly fine.
Their cage is clean regularly and water changed every day. Water dish is washed out if poo gets in it.
Our home is not kept like a pig sty either.
This is sad, but also unfair and angering. I'm starting to think we can't keep birds here in this house for some reason.
EDIT: One other thing about the new bird. When we first got her, her poo was very black for about the first couple weeks. This eventually cleared up to look normal. I'm not sure what that is a sign of.
Im sorry for your loss. I don't buy my budgies from a pet store i no you can get some healthy budgies from the pet store but i myself by my budgies from a breeder. Don't give up on looking after new budgies if you want to try late on again. I don't no about the black poo. I no it is so unfair but don't give up on another new budgie if you do want to try later on. Maybe there is a person on the form that would be able to tell you more than i can. There are members on the form that are breeders maybe they can tell you what happened. But Indigo and Lyn are so very sorry. Please don't give up. Indigo and Lyn are thinking about you. Maybe someone else can help you on the form.
I'm afraid I'm not going to be much help in answering your question, but I noticed very similar symptoms in a little budgie I got this fall that died after only a week. She was always chewing everything and trying to push herself into tight spaces. She was extremely active, and would hop and run around the bottom of the cage a lot, but she wasn't fluffed out or anything so I never suspected there was something wrong. None of my other four budgies have acted the way she did, so perhaps there is a correlation there. I'm very sorry for your loss, and I hope you can get some answers.
The black poo is an indication of an existing infection or that your budgie has not been consuming its meals.
I cannot be sure what is the exact reason why your budgie might die. As the information that you need are the little subtle expressions that your bird is hiding to exhibit. Minute stress can cause birds such as budgies to undergo cardiac arrest. Hence, if your vet notice that your budgie is respiring heavily due to the journey, he might provide oxygen for your bird and wait till things stabilizes prior to consultation. Another thing which I have realized many members post are that some budgies are rather sensitive to scented candles. Or maybe take note of what is toxic and non-toxic to your budgies that is within the confines of your house, there is a post dedicated to this. There are many reasons as to why things could have gone bad. I really hope I have an explanation for you. You may opt to do an necropsy which will provide you with the answers that you need.
However, I hope the term preservation or masking reflex can provide you with some explanation and closure.
Please read the undermentioned link on preservation or masking reflex.
A thought came to my head. Could they be being poisoned by some Chinese toys that may have lead on them? They don't have toys that are painted but I guess you can never be too sure. There probably isn't much in the way of regulations for pet toys. How about the metal bells on some toys?
Honestly, I highly doubt that the toys could be in any harms way of the birds. If there really is a problem, the product will be subjected to product recall. In addition, I bet the news will make a sensation out of this and blow it out of proportions. Most animal rights group in countries are rather active and I am sure the regulations are in place at the very least to ensure that all pet toys are not made with the use of toxic chemicals. But this is just my opinion. However, if you are concern, you could stick to using the more popular brand of bird toys available in your country. Or you can DIY =)
Whatever the case is, the most important thing is to move on. I am sure there is another budgie waiting for you and your gf to love and care for him/her. As the saying goes, once bitten twice shy. I am sure each lesson will help mold you to become much more careful to ensure such things cease to happen.