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Yesterday I noticed my little old red rump parakeet wasn't acting like he normally does, he seemed slower. I was keeping an eye on him and when I noticed he wasn't perching as much, and wanted to just rest on the bottom of his cage I reached in to pick him up, and he wasn't trying to get away like he normally does. I wrapped him in a towel and held him for a little bit. I noticed he was making a clicking noise, His eyes were clear, no discharge coming from eyes or his nose. I told my husband I was going to take him to the vet in the morning.......
I put him back in his cage-and took him and the cage out of the bird room, put a heat lamp near him.
When I checked him before I went to bed, he was walking around oddly, and stumbling, so I reached in and picked him up again and just let him rest on my chest. I was listening to him breathing and he seemed to be having a little trouble. I looked down and gave him a little pet and scratch as he tucked his head down, I felt wetness, so I lifted him as he took his last breath, and this clear discharge was coming out his beak. It wasn't sticky or anything...than it got a little milky looking. I wrapped him in a towel.
Did he die because he was sick?( I never noticed him breathing oddly or anything until this day) or just because he was old?
I have never seen a bird pass away before- and the fluid that came out his beak after he passed, Is this Normal?
Im concerned because I have 7 cockatiels, 8 parakeets, and 4 finches.

If he was sick- I never noticed.
 

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Rest in Peace, sweet little one. Keep his cute face and happy song close to your heart, and he will be with you forever. He had a good life for 12 years, thanks to your love and good care. But he still was taken much too soon. I am so sorry for your loss.
 

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I'm very sorry for your loss...:( Unfortunately pet birds are able to hide their illnesses very well till the day comes where there is little to nothing that we can do to help them. You have my deepest sympathies.

From your description, it does seem your red rump was sick, possibly from a respiratory infection.
Many years ago, I had a budgie that came to me as a rescue who was also very sick. I took her to the vet and despite the treatments she passed away.
In her case she would sometimes have wet sneezes that had faint traces of blood and also had laboured breathing.
When she passed she also had that fluid coming out of her beak, there was in fact a lot of discharge even after a couple of hours of her passing.
I imagine her chest and airways must have been really blocked by that fluid that released after passing away.

None of my other pet birds or even rescues I have kept in the flock over the years would have the discharge after passing away. I only experienced it with the budgie girl that came to me already very sick.

I hope your flock will be all right. If they were in contact with your red rump, then a check up at the vet is a good idea.
 

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Sorry for your loss...
I agree with Aluz. For the sake of your flock, I would consult a vet.
 

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Thank you all for responding. I called the vet this morning. And she said she believed it to be a respiratory infection too- and said to just keep a close eye on my other birds.
She said that since Nemo ( Red Rump) was caged separately, the rest of the flock should be okay.
I am really unsure what to do since I didn't even notice Nemo being ill until the very end. Am going to paranoid now thou for sure!
 

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It's good that your flock was not in close contact with Nemo.
Try not to be too worried, most likely your flock will be just fine.
If they are eating and drinking well, their droppings are normal, they are active and alert, bright eyed and singing, then all is well.

The signs that something is wrong is when you see a bird that spends most of the time fluffed up and sleepy, you see a decrease in appetite, a change on the droppings, the eyes appear to be smaller and not as lively as they once were. And in case of respiratory infection you may notice laboured breathing by a pronounced, rhythmic tail bob and also discharge from the cere right after sneezing.
 
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So sorry to hear about Nemo, it must have been quite difficult to go through. It's hard to be able to notice everything, especially as birds are so good at masking ill health. Hope the rest of your flock are well. Thinking of you all.
 

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I'm sorry to hear about your loss, and I'm so glad that you were there for him. That probably felt great for him.

I'm sure that you will keep a watchful eye on the rest of your flock and wish you the best of luck and health for them.

I hope that your loving memories of Nemo eventually ease your grief. :hug:
 

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We like to have one on one check ups with every bird in the aviary. This is a tall order with our troop but years of practice help. We have a list of Issues to look for which includes extending wings/feeling for lumps checking respiratory /sneezes or dirty feathers on face/ We also hold each bird close to our ear in a quiet room area and listen. You can hear heart normal breathing and several types of clicks or croopy sounds that indicate upper or lower or sinus or ear infections. We also check weight and compare wit previous records and the standard weight range. Weight change can be a strong sign of a problem. A little practice will show up many issues in a few seconds. We also give our guys foot massage with oil or edible cream. After they figure out massage is not "I want to eat you they relax and watch. The older birds take the manhandling because they know it will all be done, usually in less than 5 minutes per bird. the babies love to snuggle and catch on fast. We do a flight a per day or 15 to 20 birds per day so that It is not work but a chance to reconnect personally with each bird.
Blessings, Jo Ann:budge::budge:
 
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