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Mystery of the dying budgies: Dozens of prized birds drop off their perches in front of judges during show

 
SheldonCooper
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Mystery of the dying budgies: Dozens of prized birds drop off their perches in front of judges during show
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Bird lovers and exhibitors watched in horror as 38 prize budgies keeled over and died during a show.

Owners and organisers rushed about getting their cages outside into the fresh air as the budgerigars began plummeting from their perches.

Fanciers feared a gas leak caused the tragedy.

But after investigations by plumbers, gas workers, fire authorities and environmental health officers, there was no explanation for what happened at the village hall event in Gwynedd, North Wales.

Retired pet shop owner Dave Cottrell, 55, who lost 10 birds at the show, said: 'I was preparing the certificates as the birds were being put in order when a steward came over and said he had a dead one.

'Then another steward came over said he had two or three dead.

'And within seconds a third steward said he had more dead.'

Mr Cottrell, who has 200 birds and been a fancier for 35 years, thinks a boiler or oven flue could have been temporarily blocked, forcing out fumes.

Robert Hughes, 34, - who organised the annual Gwynedd Budgerigar Society Open Show - said: 'The birds were spread across the hall.

'Five minutes after the first one died eleven more had gone, one was mine.

'We made the decision to get everything out of the hall because we had 350 cages so we saved a lot of birds.'

Small birds are especially vulnerable because of their tiny, sensitive respiratory systems.

Canaries were traditionally used by miners to test whether there were dangerous levels of carbon monoxide below ground.

Mr Hughes said: 'Nobody in the community has seen nor heard anything like this before. The hall has been given the all clear.

'It's bizarre. It has been really difficult to get over it.

'It takes a year to organise the show and it's a lot of work - but that's nothing compared to how you feel for some of the people who lost birds.'

A vet carried out checks on two casualties revealing they died from congestion and haemorrhaging of the lungs.
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"By way of deception, thou shalt do war."

Israel's Mossad

"The truth shall set you free."

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Motto
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That's horrible, those poor birds, and imagine how the people putting on the show must have felt.

Everyone here knows that the fumes from non-stick cookware, when heated, can kill pet birds, right?
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Ukraine-style virus?
Symptoms are the same.
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Ukraine-style virus?
Symptoms are the same.
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I'm normally very skeptical about these things but 2 parts stand out

'But after investigations by plumbers, gas workers, fire authorities and environmental health officers, there was no explanation for what happened at the village hall event in Gwynedd, North Wales.'

'A vet carried out checks on two casualties revealing they died from congestion and haemorrhaging of the lungs.'
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Re: Mystery of the dying budgies: Dozens of prized birds drop off their perches in front of judges during show
damned hiding
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That's horrible, those poor birds, and imagine how the people putting on the show must have felt.

Everyone here knows that the fumes from non-stick cookware, when heated, can kill pet birds, right?
 Quoting: mercury2


Yes, I have rid my house of all non stick cookware except for one pan for my potstickers. No aluminum, either--it is either stainless steel or cast iron.

A lot of time and expense goes into breeding birds (as well as other purebred pets) and you can get quite attached to birds just as well as cats and dogs.

Wierd stuff going on, and I hope they find out just what caused it.
Kletos, Eklektos & Pistos
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Strange info considering my sister called last night and said her parakeet just died. He was fine the night before and when she got up he was laying in the bottom of his cage dead.
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Strange info considering my sister called last night and said her parakeet just died. He was fine the night before and when she got up he was laying in the bottom of his cage dead.
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Where's your sister?
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george clooney did it
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BIRD FLU
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very strange
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Maybe the Budgies at the Show are previewing what's happening next with the world economy! First, we have on dead Iceland. Next...????
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Go birds go....

Another warning....

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sad. i was just thinking awhile ago, i think almost all my mourning doves have died. i saw a sick one, and in the month or so since then, i've only seen a few. usually they are out there trying to hog up all the food, year round.
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damned
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damned
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Not good.
Born into this World
We create echoes of our inward yearnings
And Shift along the Axis
From matter to Spirit
- Scott Mutter
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Re: Mystery of the dying budgies: Dozens of prized birds drop off their perches in front of judges during show
That's horrible, those poor birds, and imagine how the people putting on the show must have felt.

Everyone here knows that the fumes from non-stick cookware, when heated, can kill pet birds, right?


Yes, I have rid my house of all non stick cookware except for one pan for my potstickers. No aluminum, either--it is either stainless steel or cast iron.

A lot of time and expense goes into breeding birds (as well as other purebred pets) and you can get quite attached to birds just as well as cats and dogs.

Wierd stuff going on, and I hope they find out just what caused it.
 Quoting: czygyny

I have a cocatiel (sp) named "summer" she is a beautiful bird that has an awesome personality and has given us tons and tons of joy and laughter. I wasn't looking to buy a bird when one day we happened upon a new pet store with a ton of these animals. I sacheted by the birds, which I never use to do while in pet stores, and there in the avian dept my eye caught this beautiful bird that shone as if on fire by the sun. She looked at me and allowed me to pick her up and that was it.....
I was in love with this little creature made by THE creator. My husband at first got upset and did not want to me buy her, so I placed her down and others began to see her gentle spirit and began to pet this unique bird. None of the other birds allowed themselves to be handled by humans, but this little one did.
Well. I got to the car and began to tear up, strange indeed for me. We got down the road and my husband saw the tears and he did a u=turn and we were back at the pet store in the avian dept. As I figured, "summer" was being handled by children and cooing to them. I ran over to the clerk and asked if anyone had bought the bird. "no" was the answer and i quickly showed her "summer", the brightest yellow bird I have ever saw. She told the youngsters "summer" had been bought and we walked outta there about two-hundred dollars short (including cage and foods) and within two weeks that precious bird had become so attached to all in our family that when we went anywhere, we took her with us in our car and she rode on a swinging perch attached to the rearview mirror neck.
Now she rides upon the neck rest when in our car and is just a mess.
She has laid a cluch of twelve eggs (unfertile as we have no male), which scared me to death as it is very hard on them to lay eggs when this young. The vet said that when birds love their "mates'(even though we are human, she still loves us so much) they tend to lay alot of eggs. I will post a pic of Summer on my next post if i can do it.
After reading this post, I am so sad that these people lost their beloved pets. These birds are perfect for families who may have members alergic to fur. They are not demanding as far as care goes. And they tend to sleep for very long periods of time during the fall and winter months, like up to fourteen hours a strech. They are also perfect for children to begin to learn responsibility. I have not clipped our bird's wings as it makes them defenseless if they encounter cats or other predatory small animals. Cocatiels are from Australia and can live twenty years. They are way more easy to take care of than the bigger parrots and pose very little threat to children, even if they "nip" fingers.
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hf bump
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bump for the story about summer, the cockatiel
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bump for the recognition of the precious little birds who lost their lives due to someone allowing toxic air into the area where they were being shown
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[link to www.cockatielcottage.net]

here is wonderful story and pictures of cockatiels
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Birds are said to be messengers from the spiritual realm.

Loved the story about summer!
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My 7 year old cockatiel died - one morning about a month ago, and I walked out and looked at her cage and she was on the floor. I have no idea what happened to her. As far as I know she was healthy and not sick.

I wondered at that time if there was a bird flu going around. I feed the outdoor birds daily but try to keep their water fresh and fresh bird seed. I only put out enough that they will eat in a day, so it doesn't get moist or moldy.

I love birds and am so sorry to read about the budgies. Last year I must have painted four or five budgie pictures.
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Strange info considering my sister called last night and said her parakeet just died. He was fine the night before and when she got up he was laying in the bottom of his cage dead.

Where's your sister?
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Just got back online...sorry, shes in Jax, FL
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My 7 year old cockatiel died - one morning about a month ago, and I walked out and looked at her cage and she was on the floor. I have no idea what happened to her. As far as I know she was healthy and not sick.

I wondered at that time if there was a bird flu going around. I feed the outdoor birds daily but try to keep their water fresh and fresh bird seed. I only put out enough that they will eat in a day, so it doesn't get moist or moldy.

I love birds and am so sorry to read about the budgies. Last year I must have painted four or five budgie pictures.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 807616

Honey, I am so so very sorry about the loss of your precious cockatiel. If Summer died it would devistate our entire family, and extended family called "friends".
Please open your heart and I just know another one will fly right in.
They are like little angels that grace us with their presence.
I am going to recomend something and I hope I do not offend you. If you say a little prayer asking St Francis (patron saint of animals, see they need avocates also!) to send the "right" one into your life, he will see to it. I know this because he helped me with a problem I was having with a sassy hymalayan blue kitty named "Puffy" (he was named before we knew "she" was a "he"!!!) St Francis was very generous with his help and we were so grateful for the help. If we lived near you I'd surprise you with a baby cockatiel of your choice.
There are adoptions for these awesome birds, some survive their owners and they go to adoptions. Please take a google search for one.
Take care and have a wonderful holyday season.
Sincerely, Summer's owner, tinna
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bump for the story about summer, the cockatiel
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 738798

Thank you so much, it is fun to share animal stories. I sincerely hope those who take the time to look into bird ownership try cockatiels first, they will not be disappointed. Summer has the sweetest way of looking at us sideways it almost makes me cry it is so innocent. She loves bell ringing and when she rings her bells it also reminds me of angels cause it is said that when you hear bells some angel has earned her wings.....Happy Holyday season and may God Bless you and your family and friends,
sincerely, Summer's owner, tinna
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[link to pics.hoobly.com]

this is an exact picture of what summer looks like, but her color is so much brighter.