Ask Lafeber


June 9, 2021

fright death

Can a canary die from fright.l was trying to cut some string caught on foot that she stopped using & she just died!


Hi Katrina,

I’m so sorry about your little canary. Yes, extreme stress can cause a bird to die. It’s more about stress than fright. She may have already been stressed because of the string, if it had been caught for a while. Birds also need to be able to move their chest up and down to breathe. If you hold a bird too tightly around the body, you can actually smother the bird. They also do not handle heat very well, and when stressed, they can quickly get over heated. So it’s complicated, but something related to the string caused her to die.

Take care,


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