Posted 06 March 2005 - 06:24 AM
My name is Denise Antler and I've got several birds including zebra finches and societies. I did have a silverbill and a cutthroat that was missing a wing (I called him Winger) but I, unfortunately, lost them and a couple of zebras including one with missing toes on one foot (Stumpy). I cleaned their cage and, on top of the newspaper that I always put down, I put down their seed dish. I put it down there because of one zebra that I had that just could not get up to the feeder so I found it easier just to feed everybody out of the floor dish.
Well, when I came back late the next day, to my dismay, I found the 4 finches dead. Apparently, what happened was that when the birds flapped around, the corner of the newspaper lift and settled ontop of the food dish. The finches could not get to the seed and 4 out of 7 died. I was devastated.
I have since figured out where to place the food dish so it doesn't happen again and it hasn't. Sigh!
Posted 06 March 2005 - 03:53 PM
Indianapolis , Indiana
A big HOOSIER hello to you all
Pandora- Green Cheek Conure
Jo-Normal Grey Tiel
Posted 07 March 2005 - 10:17 PM
Are you sure thats what happened ? The reason I ask is that Im not sure that they would die that quickly from not eating. How long of a period from the time you fed them untill the time you found them dead? If it was less then 24 hours I would not think thats what killed them.
I agree with Christy. I have heard of a cockatiel lasting over a week with no food. It would take more than a day for finches to starve to death.
Posted 08 March 2005 - 05:08 PM
Posted 08 March 2005 - 05:14 PM
1 Bird --- Jacobi - GCC
2 tanks fish
4 genetic reproductions
Posted 08 March 2005 - 05:22 PM
& The Fids
Maia - Catalina Macaw
Fluffy - Lutino Cockatiel
Ramone - Salvin's Red Lored Amazon
Jake - Blue Crowned Conure
Posted 09 March 2005 - 06:18 AM
Posted 16 March 2005 - 04:26 PM
Did you ever clean the cage? The reason why I ask is becuase while some cleaners are dangerous to your birds, not cleaning the cage is even more so. Bacteria grows in cages like wildfire! And your birds might have gotten an infection or something like that from not cleaning the cage with a cleaner. I run all my finch cages through the dishwasher once a week.
Posted 20 March 2005 - 02:37 AM
You know, you're the only person I've talked to who has put their cage in the dishwasher. I was talking to a few people at a parrot conference about it and while there was a question and answer period, someone actually asked a vet about it and he said that it's not good enough. I was appalled. If that was true, then I should be poisoned by my own dirty dishes! sheesh!!
But no, I still don't think it's the cage that killed them or any bacteria because they didn't look like they were droopy or anything like that. I've seen birds like that and they die the next day but not these guys. I'm convinced that it was because they were hungry when I put the dish in and not too long after leaving the room, the newspaper must have covered the dish so the birds kept starving until it took their lives.
Thank you, however, for the concern. I really appreciate it from all of you.
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