Hi all, Had distressing news on returning from our holiday recently, a friend was looking after our aviary birds, mainly zebra finches, and while we were away 18 zebra finches died, 6 on one day and then 12 the next. Poor woman was not to blame, she's looked after them before without any problems and I know it was nothing she did or didn't do. All but one of them died in the inside enclosure, one of them in a nest box the others on the floor, she said the 12 were all huddled together as if cold. We hadn't put a heater in as we don't normally need to till it gets colder but now wonder whether it was the cold, she did say the temp dropped quite suddenly from one day to the next but I wouldn't think it was that cold and they've been through many winters. So was it a virus I'm wondering. Since that our young male canary has become poorly, he was all puffed up last week so we brought him indoors in a cage and today he died too! Poor little thing, we only got him a couple of months ago from a pet shop. That has left 7 birds in the aviary and they all seem well, fingers crossed! They are 5 zebra's, one green singer and one java sparrow. Please can anyone throw any light on this? We are really upset, the aviary is so sad now.