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Bird Injury, Soft Food Diet Not Working
Yoda, cockatiel, was hurt rather badly a few days ago. The incident itself is not something I am interested in going into detail about. We've been to two vets, a local and then one of the only board certified bird specialists in San Diego. There is a significant fracture to her lower beak to one side, where there is physically a separation from that piece from the rest of the beak. There is a chance to patch it in the next few weeks, but he's worried if attempted now, it would seal in an infection. He recommended a heavily soft food diet, with which I am complying but having issues. I called the office earlier today but they're absolutely hectic at the moment, its an amazing clinic, so the doctor in question cannot get back to me for the next few hours.
The main issue is keeping her weight up, she's dropped about 15 grams since it happened, if the initial vets scale was accurate, I have doubts. Currently, she has available a softened bean/quinoa/veggie mash mixed with a little millet/hand feeding formula, warmed apple sauce, a dish of mashed fruit and a dish of water. The water she is drinking just fine when awake, otherwise she barely picks at food or sleeps. She takes the oral meds amazingly as well but when hand fed formula, it sits in and around her mouth. Dangerous for both aspiration and infection to the fractured part of jaw that I absolutely must keep clean.
For anyone who has had an injury when hand feeding is absolutely necessary, how did you go about it? She is a hand tame baby, but not sure if physically hand fed at all. The fractured piece is not used whatsoever when she picks apart millet, and seed is the only thing she is interested in, despite the injury. I am familiar with hand feeding, but not with an unwilling participant, so 'force feeding' is not something that I will even consider.
Specifically in the situation with a beak issue, is seed actually detrimental to health/the wound or is soft food just supposed to be easier to get down?
Again, I have an incredibly well qualified vet that is going to get in contact with me soon, I'm just seeking out additional options until then from anyone whos dealt with something similar.
lindsay, owned by three conures
six tiels, two dogs & two tortoises