My GC died of paint
Posted 02 February 2012 - 01:37 PM
I live in an apartment complex. The painted the apartment next door yesterday and the fumes got into my apartment. When I got him Mr. Darcy was acting dizzy so I took him outside and aired the apartment for hours and call the manager to complain. I was told that the paint was safe and just to air out the apartment. It got cold around 2am so I brought Mr. Darcy back inside for a bit, right next to the window. It was only about 3 hours and when I went to check on him he was dead.
I just got him in July 2011. His flight feathers had just started coming in and he was beginning to fly around. He always looked amazed that he could fly. I think I may have made him a bit fat while his wings were clipped because sometimes after a long flight he would start panting. He learned to say my cat's name in exactly the same tone as I say it.
When I took him outside last night for fresh air he was startled and took off. He landed on a chain linked fence about 10 feet up. Instead of flying away for good, he climbed down to my outstretched hand. He could've been alive and free.
I should not have brought him back inside. Because I did that my friend suffocated.
I just wanted to share with people who understood that a pet bird isn't just a pet bird. It is a friend, a companion, and even though I knew him for such a short time, he was precious to me.
RIP Mr. Darcy
Posted 02 February 2012 - 05:34 PM
I am also concerned for my birds too because we are moving into a new apartment that has just been freshly painted with new carpet installed. I am so scared that there will be residual fumes when we move in.
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 02:37 AM
it's good that you posted this; will serve as a warning to others. i think the best thing to do in such cases would be to relocate the bird(s) for a while (maybe more than a week?) until it's safe. although, offgassing of fumes goes on WAY longer than we think (years in fact, i've read).
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