1. Just Hatch duck

    Just Hatch duck Chirping

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    Hi, im in urgent need of help, i had 4 cockatiels all well and happy and thought they might be happier in a more jungly feel so hung their cages side by side on my fence that grows many plants and has ivory on it so its a nice feature for them. Lately I've been seeing quite a few mice whenever i go to check on my birds, at the time i didn't think it was an issue but my two hand tames birds I've had for years and love dearly, one passed away and she was perfectly healthy hours earlier, and it was hot but i gave them fresh water and i would of noticed her panting, i also have 2 other birds that have just had 4 babies and say one passed away but i thought it was just the runt and was neglected but I'm getting really worried and my other hand tamed bird seems to be in destress and depressed and i love him so much I'm not sure what to do?
    please let me know
     
  2. Just Hatch duck

    Just Hatch duck Chirping

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    and i don't know if this matters but they were breeding at the time (nesting), and i found her on the flour frozen with some sort of orangie/red liquid coming out of the side of her mouth if that means anything?
     
  3. JaeG

    JaeG Crossing the Road

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    I'm so sorry! :hugsNot sure what caused your bird to die but I would say mice have the potential to carry diseases that could affect birds, and birds are good at hiding being sick.

    I had at least one mouse getting into my aviary, squeezing through the quarter inch galvanised wire. I saw it and I found a nest of baby mice in my aviary. And it was eating my finch eggs. Thankfully it was autumn at the time so we put plastic along two sides and insect mesh across the door end to prevent them getting in again, which has been great keeping out the majority of dampness all wet winter long. But now that summer is here we've had to take the plastic off.

    Your poor boy will be missing his mate terribly so spend lots of time with him. I'd bring your birds inside too where you can keep a close eye on them to make sure they are all happy and healthy.
     
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  4. Just Hatch duck

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    okay thank you so much, I'm thinking of maybe getting him another mate, because he seems so sad. Ive had him in everyday and he's starting to talk a bit more now which is good. I just really hope he's okay :)
     
  5. Sorry for your loss...were it's droppings normal?
    I wouldn't introduce another bird 'til you know exactly what caused the death of the other one...you need to thoroughly clean the cages, secure them so mice can't enter, or climb on them.
    The orange/red liquid may have been blood from her crop, from ingesting something she shouldn't, or from an illness in her crop?
    Hope your other birds are Ok - they are a delightful little bird - we have two Lutinos.
     
  6. sourhernoldie

    sourhernoldie In the Brooder

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    Really sorry for your lose We love our small charges and we hurt when they do. Is there a way they can reach some of those lovely plants because so many plants are poisonous to our babies
     
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