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Old 09-05-2017, 02:01 AM
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Question How To Stop Bird From Rubbing His Beak

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I am giving Fuji, my Moustache Parakeet, Opt Opmega drops as prescribed by my certified avain vet. He is taking 2 drops twice a day because of high BA reading.

After I give him the drops and throughout the day he rubs his beak on his perches and cage. When I give him the drops if I get any on his beak, I take a cloth and get the excess off. I am worried his constant rubbing will do damage to his beak.

Any suggestions to curb this behavior?

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Old 09-05-2017, 03:37 AM
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Re: How To Stop Bird From Rubbing His Beak

that's a normal behavior. It's how they keep their beak trimmed and in shape, like filing nails. IT also serves to clean the beak

They'll stop long before it hurts them, the beak is pretty sensetive
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Re: How To Stop Bird From Rubbing His Beak

I am wondering if it doesn't taste nice?

Do a test and put the drops in something; fruit juice for example and see if the reaction is still the same?
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Old 09-05-2017, 08:29 AM
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Re: How To Stop Bird From Rubbing His Beak

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I am wondering if it doesn't taste nice?

Do a test and put the drops in something; fruit juice for example and see if the reaction is still the same?
Better yet... taste it yourself. I taste all the meds I give to my critters. I ran across one med that was citrus flavored... but it must have been acidic as heck cuz it seemed to "burn" the feathers of his cheek. I contacted a pharmacy and had some made without the flavoring and luckily, the problem went away. Point Im making is there could be something in the meds that's irritating to your birdie and maybe u can fix it.
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Re: How To Stop Bird From Rubbing His Beak

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that's a normal behavior. It's how they keep their beak trimmed and in shape, like filing nails. IT also serves to clean the beak

They'll stop long before it hurts them, the beak is pretty sensetive

Not totally true! Yes, I have seen such wording in different documents, but the medical sources will take it further warning that the Beak can be serious damaged away from the pain sensors when rubbing on sharp or course surfaces.

Water on your fingers can be used to clean and/or reduce the amount of medication that maybe on the Beak. Having enough water on your finger tips can also result in some water getting into their mouth and helping to rise the inside also.

Try providing the medication and following with water on the tips of your fingers to remove or reduce the amount of medication that may still be within and on the Beak.

Hope this helps!
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It is a fishy smell. I believe by the name of it, it is a fish type supplement. He hates it but the doctor says it may be something I have to do for his lifetime to try and keep the liver functioning well. We had an X-ray on Friday and THANKFULLY the liver was not enlarged but we still need to try and get to the bottom of his high BA reading and try to reverse that.

Also the price for a small bottle that will probably last one month was $34 USD. Are you guys saying that sometimes you buy your meds for the birds at a pharmacy for humans?

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It is a fishy smell. I believe by the name of it, it is a fish type supplement. He hates it but the doctor says it may be something I have to do for his lifetime to try and keep the liver functioning well. We had an X-ray on Friday and THANKFULLY the liver was not enlarged but we still need to try and get to the bottom of his high BA reading and try to reverse that.

Also the price for a small bottle that will probably last one month was $34 USD. Are you guys saying that sometimes you buy your melds for the birds at a pharmacy for humans?
what medication has been prescribed?
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Re: How To Stop Bird From Rubbing His Beak

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It is a fishy smell. I believe by the name of it, it is a fish type supplement. He hates it but the doctor says it may be something I have to do for his lifetime to try and keep the liver functioning well. We had an X-ray on Friday and THANKFULLY the liver was not enlarged but we still need to try and get to the bottom of his high BA reading and try to reverse that.

Also the price for a small bottle that will probably last one month was $34 USD. Are you guys saying that sometimes you buy your melds for the birds at a pharmacy for humans?
what medication has been prescribed?

Great point!

Some medications are Human based and/or require compounding (mixing /making / changing its form) and will need to come from a Pharmacy that has the ability to compound the medication. That type of Pharmacy is not found on every corner. The ones that do, also have the ability to add flavoring when the medications' has a harsh flavor. If that is offered, its a good idea to have some idea of what flavor your Parrot favors. Our DYH Amazon loves 'Tooty Fruity!?!' We found that after months of trailing different favors. FYI: Some colors will stain their feathers, but its all water-based and commonly comes out as part of the next bath or two.

FYI: All Vets know of the Pharmacies in their area that provide this kind of service!

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Re: How To Stop Bird From Rubbing His Beak

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It is a fishy smell. I believe by the name of it, it is a fish type supplement. He hates it but the doctor says it may be something I have to do for his lifetime to try and keep the liver functioning well. We had an X-ray on Friday and THANKFULLY the liver was not enlarged but we still need to try and get to the bottom of his high BA reading and try to reverse that.

Also the price for a small bottle that will probably last one month was $34 USD. Are you guys saying that sometimes you buy your meds for the birds at a pharmacy for humans?

What symptoms did you see to then take him to the vet and have blood tests.
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Re: How To Stop Bird From Rubbing His Beak

Hi Halo,

Fuji never showed signs of any problems. He went for his annual exam and when they did the blood work the vet said the BA reading was high.

When I first got Fuji 4 years ago I went for his initial wellness exam and his reading was high then. The vet thought it might be due to some antibiotics the bird store put all the birds on when a bird that was boarding with them got a respiratory infection. We got the BA reading to go down but now it is creeping up again. I truly hope we can get it to,come down. I LOVE ❤️ my little guy so much.
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