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Old 02-09-2018, 09:24 AM
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So today we went to a vet for a general check-up, a nail trim and deworming etc. Opal has really bad anxiety, and he is so stressed out now. He was stressed on the way there, stressed throughout the whole ordeal, and was super upset the whole way home. while he is tweeting softly now and has settled a bit, I still worry that all three of my birds are probably not feeling so great.

Does anyone have any suggestions for helping them relax? I have been talking with them and giving them lots of attention and love, but I am just wondering if anyone has any other methods to help reduce anxiety.

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Old 02-09-2018, 09:57 AM
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Re: How to deal with stress after the vet...

A bath perhaps?
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:41 AM
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Re: How to deal with stress after the vet...

Start with relaxing yourself. Do whatever YOU need to do to feel completely at ease and then continue with life as normal. Your birds will follow suit.


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Old 02-09-2018, 12:08 PM
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Re: How to deal with stress after the vet...

Quote: Originally Posted by SilverSage View Post
Start with relaxing yourself. Do whatever YOU need to do to feel completely at ease and then continue with life as normal. Your birds will follow suit.


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^^^^This!!!^^^^

Opal will perceive your stress and concern for his well being. Birds are masters of observation, so your calmness will help immensely. Returning home to a familiar environment is a bonus!
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Old 02-09-2018, 01:19 PM
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Re: How to deal with stress after the vet...

Deworming?? For birds... really
Never heard of that.
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Old 02-09-2018, 01:45 PM
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Re: How to deal with stress after the vet...

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Deworming?? For birds... really
Never heard of that.


Itís pretty routine for any bird who has been living outside, mass produced, or had exposure to wild birds or poultry. I deworm my flock annually.


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Old 05-05-2018, 08:00 PM
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Re: How to deal with stress after the vet...

My ex-husband was good buddies with Taco the Amazon. After his wing clip/nail & beak trim stress, he would play a personal-sized playstation in front of Taco. That got him calmed down, distracted, and some hands-free quality time.
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Old 05-05-2018, 09:19 PM
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Re: How to deal with stress after the vet...

Great advice above... calm yourself, indeed, and then...
Whatever you KNOW the bird loves, deliver it.
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Old 05-06-2018, 10:52 AM
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Re: How to deal with stress after the vet...

Yes! Great advice in the posts above! Fact is, our birds are masters at reading our body language. Far more adept than we are. So oft-times we unwittingly influence their behaviors through our own.

Perfect example? Every bird I have ever had, from Suzie the cockatiel through ekkies Bixby, Maya and Jolly, have been okay with me handling them almost any way I feel like... save one. While all my birds have been okay with me lifting their wings, none have ever been okay with me extending them. Not one. Why? Because I harbor an irrational fear of hurting them while doing it. Their wings just look so fragile to me. So easily... broken. So it's probably the only thing where I feel less than confident around them. And much as I try to hide it, they know. (Seeing so many of you do it so effortlessly with your birds seems almost a super power to me. Hahaha!)

Anyhow, point is that a bird picks up on even the most subtle nuances and reacts accordingly. One doesn't have to be in the midst of full blown hysteria to influence the behavior of their bird.
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Re: How to deal with stress after the vet...

Quote: Originally Posted by Anansi View Post
Because I harbor an irrational fear of hurting them while doing it. Their wings just look so fragile to me. So easily... broken.
sorry if I am chuckling at a bird expert. You would probably freak out at some of the crazy stuff I do with Rudy. I stretch his wings out to show people how his feathers are blue on one side and red on the other.

I can flip him upside down and lay him on his back and show how i blunt his talons. anyways.. thanks for the chuckle!



OH! quit being a wimp and drape a cloth over his head to get a harness on him!

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