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Old 10-05-2017, 06:17 AM
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Re: RB2 Panting very easily?

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Thanks for the responses, I've only ever restraint him to gives meds and another time recently when he was being super stuborn about going back to his cage, will now use other methods after reading how dangerous this is, aparently birds can get a fatal muscle disease amongst other things from stressful restraints it's very common in poultry
He did have a vet check the first week I got him (gram stain, physical and pbfd + few other major diseases) all was well with the exeption of a minor bacteria which cleared easily. I did not know about his easy panting untill after the vet visit and brushed it off as just him really hating being restraint but after him doing it recently has me questioning it again. They are both due for a vet check soon so I'll be sure to bring it up.
ah I see. Yeah it's tough giving medicine from what I have seen

try mixing the medicine in something super sweet (only a small amount of the sweet stuff. They may become more compliant with the medicine then

As for the cage, food seems to be a good lure!

really just have to get them trusting you and okay with being held all over
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Re: RB2 Panting very easily?

My rb2 is a weird one, doesn't seem food driven and doesn't really like the usual treats (sunflower, nuts etc) complete opposite from my alex also is not afraid of anyone and will demand head scratches from complete strangers kinda hard to know if we are bonding as he just loves everyone, again complete opposite of my alex who shows a clear preference to me only.
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Old 10-05-2017, 09:06 AM
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Re: RB2 Panting very easily?

well it could be worse! haha I'd prefer a loving bird to everyone than an aggressive one!

Maybe doing lots of playing a scritching while she's inside the cage? My conure wasn't driven much by seeds and nuts. A piece of apple or raisin though and he would do anything despite them being in his daily diet!
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Re: RB2 Panting very easily?

I would imagine the duration of panting after stress is important. Most birds dislike restraint unless they view it as "cuddling." Many will pant and give great expression of anger, but rapidly recover once let loose. Like a poorly conditioned human, prolonged languishing, lethargy, and fluttering post-restraint may be cause for concern.
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Re: RB2 Panting very easily?

Most of my smaller birds get really stressed from being toweled or anything, but it's the only way I can administer medicine or do any grooming stuff. A few are okay with it afterwards but do put up quite a fight. For medicating my bigger birds, I mix the medicine into some apple sauce on a spoon and feed it that way, since all of them will gladly eat from a spoon. My vet also suggested putting it on a small piece of bread or small square of something sweeter like sponge cake to mask the taste.

I think sometimes they really work themselves up trying to fight and get away, especially if they're not conditioned to physical exercise like some have said. Allowing them to fly in the house and get in better cardiovascular shape. I also try to keep them in dimmer lighting unless I need to see extremely well.

The first time I took Sydney to the vet and had him get a physical, he made the most awful sad honking noise that broke my heart. He wasn't used to being handled like that at all. Since then, I've regularly toweled him to check his feet and examine him, and he's gotten much better. Sometimes it's only for a minute or two, but sometimes I might have to restrain him for a little while to do his nails or beak, or to remove broken feathers and he doesn't act that way anymore. He'll be angry, but he's not winded and doesn't honk. He doesn't fight as much either, mostly just chews the towel out of anger and frustration. I don't think he'll ever be great about it, but for a 35-45 year old bird I'm happy with the little improvement he's made.
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