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Hello, everyone. I need a piece of advice. The vet gave me antibiotics (drops) for my African grey. I tried to o as he told me ( put the parrot n the towel) but I don't get very far with it. My baby starts to shake his head as crazy and makes it very difficult to put drops in his mouth. Is there other ways to give him his treatments? I have to do it twice a day, so I really need to make it work. If anyone has similar situation, I would really appreciate help thank you


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The best way to give medicine

You can try just offering it to him on a spoon.. Or trick him into thinking its juice by adding it to the juice. ( try apple juice)
Do not give to much juice though.. You don't want to dilute it!!


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Hello, everyone. I need a piece of advice. The vet gave me antibiotics (drops) for my African grey. I tried to o as he told me ( put the parrot n the towel) but I don't get very far with it. My baby starts to shake his head as crazy and makes it very difficult to put drops in his mouth. Is there other ways to give him his treatments? I have to do it twice a day, so I really need to make it work. If anyone has similar situation, I would really appreciate help thank you


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Hi Margo. I had to give my boy meds in a syringe. Toweling worked well for me as I can pretty much man handle him if need be. Maybe you could have some else hold him in the towel. That way you have both hands to work with. If not, then choose the best time when he is very calm. Thing is they feel your fear, if your are afraid. Its tough, I've pretty much been there too. Good luck to ya..
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I only ever had to give meds to a budgie once... And failed miserably at it.. So.. Yeah... Good luck.. For me that would be a 2 person job.
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The best way to give medicine

You can't just hold them in a towel. You have to hold them steady with their wings against the body and secure their lower mandible. You should be able to control the opening and closing that way. Make sure you put it far back, over the top of the tongue

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I had a very sickly budgie that was on meds a lot. She was a feisty little bugger and depending on her mood would either take the meds from a syringe or chomp off a piece of my flesh for breakfast. I personally found toweling not a good thing for me as I couldn't control her head well. After a few missed tries with her, I'd hold her like this, use the syringe to push her lower jaw down, and slowly push liquid out behind her tongue. I use the same hold to clip nails on all my birds. You can control the swing of the head with your index and middle fingers, and rest of your hand holds the wings to the body. My girl was so used to it (she's the model btw), she wouldn't be bothered by being held like this. You can see how relaxed she is by her feet.

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Try holding a big bird like that

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I don't even think I could hold Kermit like that without being attacked and she isn't real big. LOL
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True, but the post is very helpful for budgies..I know I learned something new...
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Lisa, I hold my GCC this way with no issues but yes, a grey migh be a bit difficult

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Aaylla can we see a clear close up of the front of that budgie... Does she have scallop markings on her chest? It looks striking!
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Really? That is awesome. I didn't know you could hold them like that, with the GCC being a little bigger than the budgie. Love the new information, it is nice to learn new things.
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Aaylla can we see a clear close up of the front of that budgie... Does she have scallop markings on her chest? It looks striking!
Yes, side effect of being eggbound twice, and being on too many meds, heart meds included. She was old (8), wanting to lay and had a heart murmur. I'll try and find some better pics for you before and after.

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Thanks, sorry it was a side effect it looks awesome.. Would be a cool new mutation!
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