Why parakeets die suddenly- Explained

Why do Parakeets die suddenly? Explained

So, Why Do Parakeets die suddenly?

Parakeets can die prematurely if they are poisoned by toxic foods and fumes ( Not toxic to humans). Improper diet, physical injuries, and common bird diseases can all result in sudden death. There are some symptoms that will alert you to the bird’s illness, but none will appear more frequently than others.

The Reason Parakeets pass away all of a sudden.

The Home cleaning products  that are Toxic to parakeets

Your parakeet’s sudden illness or death could indicate that there are toxic fumes in the house that are affecting both of you. Gas leaks, carbon monoxide, and lead are a few examples.

There are fumes that are only toxic to your bird. Use the following household items to keep your parakeet away from rooms:

  • Air fresheners that plug into the wall
  • Incense
  • Candles with scents that are not made with soy wax.
  • Cleaners in aerosol form
  • new polyurethane

Polytetrafluoroethylene is used to coat Teflon and nonstick cookware (PTFE). 

When PTFE is burned or overheated, fumes are released into the air, which can be fatal to your parakeet. You can stop using the listed products to avoid accidentally poisoning your pet bird. 

There are thousands of home remedies that can be used in place of any of them and are healthier for both your parakeet and you!

Frightening Nighttime Death of a Parakeet

Parakeets, like most humans, sleep at night and nap during the day (like lucky humans). 

They prefer to sleep in the dark, which is why they prefer a parakeet bed that is enclosed. However, because they can’t see well in the dark, they are prone to night terrors.

When your parakeet is jolted awake by a loud noise or a sudden movement (such as a strong wind knocking a light object to the floor) in their cage or the room they are in, they may experience night fright.

That will cause them to fly around their cage hysterically, possibly collapsing and injuring themselves. The action can sometimes be fatal.

If you have more than one pet bird, a frenzy can break out among them all as a result of one bird’s reaction.

A night light near their cage can help to prevent night fright in parakeets. Covering their cage can help to block out annoying noises and keep your bird from seeing anything that could scare them.

If your parakeet experiences night fright, turn on the lights in the room immediately so they can see well. 

Maintain your cool and do everything you can to calm the bird. 

To lull your parakeet, play soft music and speak softly to it. Assess any physical injuries as soon as possible and contact your veterinarian if necessary.

Toxic Food

Some of the reasons why parakeets die at random are the owners’ fault. One example is overfeeding the bird with human food. The digestive systems of parakeets are delicate. 

They should be fed a high-quality seed mix designed specifically for that species of bird and should have access to fresh water at all times. 

They can be given small pieces of raw fruits and vegetables, but only in moderation. 

Too much can cause a spike in their blood sugar, so don’t overfeed them or leave the pieces in their cage. Bread and crackers should be given in small quantities and only once in a while.

Human foods that are safe for your pet parakeet to eat and those that are toxic to them are the same as they are for other animals. Some foods you should never eat

  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Pits from fruits
  • AvocadosOnions
  • Garlic
  • Seeds from an apple
  • Dairy products, mushrooms, and tomatoes are examples of non-toxic human foods that are still harmful to parakeets.

Common Bird Illnesses

Bird diseases are a common cause of parakeets dying suddenly, or appearing to. Often, there are few to no symptoms, or the symptoms are overlooked. 

A comprehensive list of avian diseases exists. The ones mentioned in this article are ones I discovered while researching various blogs.

Fever in Parrots

Psittacosis, also known as “parrot fever,” is caused by the bacteria Chlamydia psittaci. It is most common in tropical areas as well as areas with a high concentration of caged birds. 

The infection is one of only a few that can be transmitted to humans. It spreads from bird to bird via airborne faecal and urinal particles. Humans can become infected by handling infected birds or through oral contact.


Aspergillosis is an infection of the respiratory tract caused by the fungus Aspergillus. 

This infection comes in two flavours: acute and chronic. 

The chronic form has no symptoms, whereas the acute form may have symptoms such as sudden laboured breathing, restlessness, abnormal thirst, and urination.

Dirty food and water feeders, malnutrition, a wet cage floor, and moist surroundings are all causes of the fungus. Aspergillosis is typically treated with antifungal medication.

Sarcocystosis of the lungs

This protozoal infection causes cysts in the lungs, muscles, and nervous systems of birds. 

Sarcocystis falcatula is the name of the protozoa. Restlessness, vomiting water, a puffed-up body, or no symptoms at all can be symptoms.

It is caused by consuming food or water tainted with the faeces of insects, cockroaches, or rats. Antiprotozoal medications are used to treat the condition.

Parakeets can die prematurely from being poisoned by foods and fumes that are toxic to them (but not necessarily to humans). Improper diets, physical injuries and common bird diseases may also cause sudden death.

Finally, how Can You Tell If A Parakeet Is Dying?

Many of the causes of a parakeet’s sudden death have no symptoms, as you may have noticed. Or symptoms that appear to be normal. 

That is why it is critical to observe. One isolated episode of vomiting may indicate that your bird is healthy and simply ate something that didn’t agree with them. 

If the problem persists, you know you’ve got a serious problem on your hands.

Keeping your parakeet healthy and alive for as many years as possible requires the same minimal effort as keeping yourself healthy and alive. 

Proper nutrition and diet, fresh water, and a clean living environment are all essential.

Keep an eye on your pet’s behaviour, as well as their eating and drinking habits. Maintain the cleanliness of their cages, beds, toys, and feeders. 

Feed them as little human food as possible. To avoid night fright, cover their cages or provide them with a night light.

By properly feeding your pet parakeet and keeping their cages and areas clean, you can reduce the chances of your bird dying suddenly. 

And you can take advantage of everything your parakeet has to offer. Singing and attempting to communicate with you. 

The happy chirping and flitting around their cage. All of the puzzles and games that parakeets enjoy.

It is not difficult to care for a parakeet.

If your budgie is sick and/or dying, keeping them comfortable during this time will help them pass peacefully.  

Usually, there are a few things that you can do to try to help your budgie recover.  If your budgie is very sick, it may be best to make the hard decision to put them to sleep so that they do not suffer from their disease.  

Do you still have questions?

Pet ownership is a tricky business! Each one has different care and needs, so learning everything you can about your pet is the best way to ensure they get the best possible care.

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