My 29 yr. old cockatiel died two days ago. I had him since he was a baby. He had been heathy , on the same food for over twenty years. I’m concerned I caused his illness. A week ago I put one new seed treat in his cage. He ate a very small amount. I think one day last week he did not eat as much of his normal food, but seemed to resume eating the next day. I noticed he did not look well late the evening before he died. He sat on a perch in his cage closer to the wall . His feathers were puffed out & at an angle , his eyes partly closed & he did not move to come closer to me in his normal behavior. I spent time talking to him. Early the next morning, I found him dead on the bottom of his cage. I now realize the treat package showed it was made in Germany & distributed in the US.
I fear it could have had mold & I caused his death.
I read a heart attack occurs quickly, so I’m uncertain that happened. He also had been very safe in the same cage for over 18 yrs.
Please provide advice as to the probability the new seed treat caused his demise or possible other causes for his illness.
I returned the second seed treat in the package to the store manager & suggested they remove this product from their inventory; should it possibly bevharmful to another bird.
Thank you for helping w/ understanding the loss of our pet.