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Cause of death?

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One of my budgies recently passed away, however I'm not entirely sure why, but my guess is old age.

When we bought him, the shop owner said he was older than the other budgies there, but didn't specify by how much. When we got him, he seemed happy, excitable and healthy.

However after a few months, he began to change. He started slouching and drooping his head a lot more often. He would barely ever fly, instead clambering weakly around the cage. He also had problems with his ventilation (or "bum" to be specific). It got very dirty, as if he had been constipated.

Then one day, I found alive, but lying on the cage floor. I took him out and cleaned him up, but about 30 minutes later, he had died.

Has anyone got any idea of what happened to him? His diet was good - plain seed by the company Trill, fresh water, and we'd often feed him sweetcorn and other fruit and veg edible by budgies.

We also have 2 other budgies, but they are younger. They seem happy and healthy, although one of them would often climb on his back.

Has anyone got an idea of what happened to him? Was it just old age and his body breaking down, or was it some form of illness?
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Hi and :welcome: to Talk Budgies!

I'm sorry for the loss of your budgie.
Unfortunately, there is no real way for anyone to be able to tell you what caused your budgie's death. Anything you may be told would be a guess on the part of the person giving their opinion. The only way to know for certain would have been to have a necropsy done by an Avian Vet after your budgie passed.

At this point, I would advise you concentrate on ensuring your two budgies are as healthy and happy as possible. :hug:

At the first sign of any illness, it is important to have your budgie seen by an Avian Vet. Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma. When you rely on unskilled individuals, you delay effective treatment. This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recover than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

Having your new budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.

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Hello and :welcome: to Talk Budgies!

I'm so sorry you lost your boy :( It sounds like he was well cared for and it is possible it was old age if the pet store owner couldn't remember how long he'd been there and he wasn't young at all (no barring on forehead, mature cere, developed irises).

However, Deb is right, it really could have been anything.

I hope your other budgies are doing well and we'd love to see pictures of them when you get a chance!

Hope to see you around :)

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Without having a necropsy done you wont know.

Was he ever disease tested to rule out underlying diseases?

Trill is not an ideal seed mix to be feeding though.
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I'm so sorry for your loss. RIP little budgie.
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