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What to do if my bird dies unexpectedly?



There is little more difficult in this life than to lose a cherished family pet, especially a parrot that can live as long or even longer than you. 3PR wants you to be equipped for this potential occurrence. Having a plan can give you a purpose as to what steps you should take. There are many reasons a parrots life can be taken too early. This is a short checklist to make sure that you are not endangering the life of yourself or other pets in your home. Get your other pets out immediately and consult this list as a start...


  • Gas Leak - Call your emergency service provider to check on this for you and keep alarms in any room where gas lines pass through or where you keep your birds.

  • Non-Stick Cookware - Overheating non-stick cookware will release toxins that can kill your birds in seconds. Get your pets out! Open all windows and doors to ventilate the house well before bringing pets back in.

  • Avocados - Even a taste of an avocado can kill your bird in minutes. Check your kitchen to make sure it is clean and there is not any avocado oil on anything.

  • Self-Cleaning Oven - A self-cleaning oven will release toxins that can kill your birds in seconds. Get your pets out! Open all windows and doors to ventilate the house well before bringing pets back in.

  • A fall - The chest (keel) of a parrot is very fragile and if your bird's wings are over-clipped, it can easily break its keel in a fall over 3 feet. Please ask your groomer to only clip your parrot to a glide where it can land safely on its feet.


Your bird could be harboring a disease that you are unaware of and the best thing you can do for your other pets if you do not know exactly why your bird died is to prepare it for a necropsy (similar to an autopsy performed on humans). This is done by wrapping your bird in a small towel and putting it in a ziploc bag. Then, you will want to place the body of your beloved friend in the refrigerator as a freezer can cause tissue damage. Get your bird to a lab that offers a necropsy within 72 hours; many universities offer this service. Always keep in mind that the loss of this pet could potentially be a solution as to not lose any other pets for the same reason. Finally, cry. You need to grieve the loss of this family member. You are not alone in this pain.


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