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Question on mashed potatoes

I know a lot of bird owners give them to their birds. And a lot of birds like them. However I've always been concerned about the milk. Does the fact that they are cooked make the milk ok?

My vet is suggesting I mix Merlin's meds in some, and I know from her former owner that she likes them.

What are your experiences? It might be the easiest way to get her meds in her without having to give her huge amounts of food. She won't take them out of a syringe and toweling her freaks her out pretty badly. I'm trying to bond with her as a new owner and would rather not freak her out every day. She is also kind of hard to hold onto and give meds to her at the same time. I don't have a helper. Last night I had to lay her on my lap to do it because she didn't want to eat her medicated food.

In the morning she will eat the meds on Nutriberries, but she doesn't seem hungry enough in the evening to eat that much. With 3 meds she needs like 5 Nutriberries to get them all soaked in. I got her to eat one med yesterday by putting it on bread and then putting a bit of peanut butter on it to hide the taste. Come dinner time though she didn't want that.
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:40 AM
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Re: Question on mashed potatoes

Try a small piece of jelly bread. Merlins hard to medicate, somedays its just easier to bribe him rather than towel & force him.
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Re: Question on mashed potatoes

Yeah, putting it on bread without the peanut butter didn't work at all! She tasted one piece and then picked the rest out and threw them all to the bottom of the cage. So I said, hmm, let's put a bit of peanut butter on it and try again. And she ate it. But, the next time around it was a no go. She ate a little, but not enough last night. And so I had to towel her to make sure she got all her meds.

Maybe I also let her eat too much food all day. After her 3 hours of eating her breakfast berries, I gave her some pellets. Maybe I should make her be hungry for at least a couple of hours before giving her a dinner?
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:03 AM
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Re: Question on mashed potatoes

I wouldn't worry too much about the milk content, it's so small compared to the volume of potato in the mix. But if you're worried about it, how about microwaving a small potato and just mashing it up with some almond milk for her?

Also your antics trying to give meds sounds like me trying to give preventative asthma meds to my cat. He wised up to all my tricks way too fast.
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Re: Question on mashed potatoes

I don't even want to think about giving asthma meds to a cat! Giving them pills is bad enough.

We do also have to take into account that Merlin can't see. When the vet tried giving her handfeeding formula from a syringe it was obvious it was going to take all day, lol! We had to tube feed her Friday afternoon because she hadn't eaten since breakfast.

She does spend forever eating. She is the slowest eating bird I've ever seen. I did have to sit here and watch her all of yesterday morning to make sure she was going to eat enough. The vet was on standby in case I had to run her in again for another tube feeding. Let's see, it's almost 9:30 now and she is still eating breakfast that she started at 7.

Well, maybe I'll go with the Nutriberries for breakfast since even if she spends hours eating them, she is at least eating them. And try mashed potatoes for dinner and see how that goes. Since she weighs 470 grams and is on 3 meds, it's a lot of med to get mixed into food. One small Nutriberry could do my conure when she was on 2 meds, but Merlin needs considerably more medication for her size.
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Re: Question on mashed potatoes

Yes, maybe I should create my own version of mashed potatoes. I do have lactose free milk here. That would probably be better than the ones I tend to buy for myself, which are Bob Evans brand. Mashed potatoes work well for my digestive disease, but being a single person I don't want to take the time to make my own homemade ones.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:41 AM
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Re: Question on mashed potatoes

It was an adventure every day trying to sneak those meds in to him somehow. And we had to do it twice a day. His rescue inhaler is much easier to administer!

Kazi isn't on meds or anything, but he's a slow eater too and a careful one. He eats his favorite stuff over his dish so he can bite off a piece and drop it back in there. Every other parrot I've ever met just lets it fall wherever! But not Kazi, he's very careful with his favorite foods and if he's had something messy to eat he'll spend almost as much time carefully scraping his beak off and eating what he scraped as he does eating to begin with!

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Old 01-15-2012, 10:25 AM
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Re: Question on mashed potatoes

A few years ago my sun conure needed meds and the vet suggested I put them in a grape but he didn't want them. Finally someone suggested apple juice and he just drank it right up. I'd just check to make sure the juice wouldn't cause any issues with the meds because its acidic.
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Re: Question on mashed potatoes

Every time I make mashed potatoes I give all the birds some. I make mine using plain soymilk and non dairy margarine though. They don't get a lot and there is very little soy milk compared to potato. I like lizardsmells' idea too, just pop a potato into the microwave for about six minutes then mash it with a fork and maybe a little water if you are afraid to give them any milk.
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Re: Question on mashed potatoes

Roxy, I've noticed you mentioned that Merlin can't see a few times but I can't seem to find a thread where you explain this? Last I read Merlin and Pete we're doing pretty well, now you say that she can't see and is on meds! Did you make a post about this and if so, can you point me in the right direction of it?
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