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Old 09-28-2011, 04:20 AM
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Seed stuck in nares/nostril?

Urgh, somehow Alex has gotten a bit of millet stuck in one of his nostrils. I noticed occasional heavy exhaling and him scratching at one side of his face, and yep, a seed. Is their any way to help him dislodge it? I hear it happens sometimes. He's as happy as ever, just occasionally taking a few mins to attack the nostril with his foot!
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Re: Seed stuck in nares/nostril?

This happened to my GCC conure once and the seed was red. I moistened a Q tip and touched it to the seed and luckily it stayed on the cotton.
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Old 09-28-2011, 12:55 PM
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Re: Seed stuck in nares/nostril?

Thanks Spirit, I'll give that a shot! If it's not gone in 2 days I'll be taking him to the vet. We're due for a checkup and going anyway, so they can get it out for him.
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Re: Seed stuck in nares/nostril?

did you get it out? the vet flushed out martys nose when he was sneezing so im sure they can get it out
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:54 PM
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Re: Seed stuck in nares/nostril?

If you put your bird in the shower with you and get his head wet, he will sneeze a few times to flush out his nostrils, along with anything in them . Birds do clean them by sneezing water out.
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Old 09-29-2011, 12:38 AM
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Re: Seed stuck in nares/nostril?

Thanks guys

Qtip didn't get it ): He showers with me pretty regularly, so I'll shower him tonight. I'd do it now, but I'm not home! ): He has been sneezing occasionally, but hasn't dislodged it as of yet.

I'm booking him into the vets anyway. We need a checkup and a beak and nail trim, so if I can't get it out, I'll get the vet to flush it as suggested
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:33 AM
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Re: Seed stuck in nares/nostril?

Tried the shower, still no luck, but we are booked into the vets for next Thurs for Alex's check up and trim, so if it's not gone by then they can flush it I don't like the occasional snort/heavy breath he does to try and dislodge it. It makes me uneasy. Even though I can see what's causing the issue it puts me on edge! I think I'm going to get a nasal swab done also, just in case the occasional heavy breath is not related to the seed. Better safe then sorry!
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Re: Seed stuck in nares/nostril?

let us know how everything goes! im sure its nothing more then the seed bugging him but like you said better safe then sorry
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Re: Seed stuck in nares/nostril?

Good idea to take him to the vet. It can become infected and abscess affecting the eye. If it starts to swell, or he starts to act 'sick' get him to vet asap.
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:49 AM
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Re: Seed stuck in nares/nostril?

Quick update, went to vets today, had it removed along with a beak and nail trim, worm and general check up. I explained the occasional heavy breathing (which he didn't exhibit at the vets) and how it only happens when he is relaxed/chattering. Their was nothing to take a swab of in his nostrils (no discharge) and he is in perfect condition (at a very healthy weight, the vet was very impressed, last time he was slightly underweight, which was a diet issue with the pellets, not enough nutrition for him in them... We're now on a seed, pellet and dried fruit mix, with daily fresh fruit and treats. I'm glad to say he is doing MUCH better on it )

He still does the heavy breath/sigh occasionally, when he is happy and chattering. I think the vet is right in that it is a behavioural thing (He chirps and plays and does this at the same time, and never any other time then when he is happy/content) and he's just enjoying himself. I'm keeping an eye on it, and as long as it stays confined to those happy playful moments, I'll be happy

So, all is well on our end, and thanks for the advice guys It did take us a week to get an appointment (I didn't want to go as an emergency unless it was one!) but all done now
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