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Senegal swallowed something which he shouldn't have

I have this climbimb toy hung up for the budgies in the bird room
Duke my Senegal had been playing with the bell in the middle of this toy. He had chewed and broke off about 10 of those chain links which holds up the bell. I have only found 1 chain link on the floor so he must have swallowed about 9 of those links and am sure of it.

My question is will those links passes through his rear end or do they just remain in his body? Those links are stainless steel so I know they're safe. Help?


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If they are safe I would think hey will pass... I personally would call the vet and ask.. and check thru all is poop for the next few days.
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I honestly don't know...... Yeah definatley check his poop!just be ready for whatever is gonna happen!


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Sorry, my post does sound like this incident happened recently, but it's not. This incident occurred about 3 weeks ago so it's a bit late to check poop. I never thought much of it at the time cause I thought the safe stainless steel links would just pass through. I recently read or have seen somewhere that metal doesn't pass through birds once it's in the body. Is is true?

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Oh geee I don't know... I think I would talk to your vet then and see if x rays are called for.
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I'd totally get the bird checked out, but I don't know of any good vets in the area that are good with birds! I usually go by other people who know a lot about birds. An X-ray would be good though, just in case something would have to be done

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Is it possible that you might not have noticed when it happened and in the process of cleaning the cage the links were thrown out? I don't know for sure but if he had that much metal in his tummy I would think it would bother him and he'd be acting sick in some way, like decreased appetite or something.
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The toy was hung outside the cage. I have looked all over the floor and can't find those loose links except one. There was only a small length 5 links left on the chain so most if those must be in his stomach.

It's non toxic metal so it's fine. The metal does actually help the bird to digest the food like when they eat grit. I was just wondering if anyone know why it won't pass through, and is it true?

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If he did ingest them, it's possible they got stuck in his crop, gullet, intestines, etc. I would get him checked out at a vet, just in case, or it can cause blockage and make him very sick. Monitor his poop and weigh him regularly just in case



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Thanks for the feed back . This happened a few weeks ago and he does look very fine, eating and playing like normal, hangs upside down like a monkey and no sign of illness. I shall monitor him very closely. If there is anything slightly out of the ordinary I shall zoom off like a bullet and get help.

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Conclusions - I may have been a little paranoid. The stories I read are birds swallowed earrings which are too big to pass through. Those chain links are quite small so they must have passed through otherwise my Senegal would have been very ill by now.

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True, just in case, keep an eye on him!


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Yeah, if it happened weeks ago, odds are you're fine



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