Medicine Giving


New member
Jun 22, 2015
Hey everyone so my green cheek Lilo just had surgery and we have to give her medicine but im having trouble on giving the medicine to her as she doesnt open her mouth, i tried putting the little syringe on the side of her mouth to see if she'll open it and nothing. What we are doing right now is slightly forcing her mouth open so she'll eat the medicine is this fine? and is their other tips on giving medicine to her so she'll open her mouth? :green1:


Active member
Sep 3, 2011
Knoxville, TN
Blue Crown Conures: Tootsie and Rosco.
Senegal Parrot: Sidney.

Feathers of the past:
Budgies: Sunshine, Digit, Kiwi, and Yahto.
Senegal Parrot: Kelly.
"Fly free, little ones. Love and miss you."
I've had to give medicine to Tootsie a few times and it is never easy. And once I figured out one way that worked, she would figure out how to counter it. It has always been a strain on both of us and our bond.

The best way that I was able to get the medicine in was to tip her mostly onto her back, put the opening of the syringe on the tip of her beak and squirt a little that would run down the inside part of her upper beak. Her tongue would get going at that stage and she would swallow it. But that only works if the medicine is thin enough. ALternately, turning her head to the side and trying to get the medicine through the side sometimes works. But she can really clamp down tight.

The one thing I can suggest is be very patient. Don't try to force too hard so you don't cause injury. Don't squirt in to much at one time cause the bird could aspirate it.

Good luck and I hope your bird does well.


Supporting Member
Jan 19, 2014
College Station, Texas
Red Bellied Parrot /
Ruppell's Parrot /
Bronze Winged Pionus /
English Budgie
My vet can make giving oral meds look so easy, but alas.. I cannot do it with nearly as much grace as he can...
The way he gives it (and is the professional way) is to put your hand backwards of the beak by the head, and slowly drip the meds in the very corner of the beak up near where it joins the head. Even with the beak closed, there should be a little space for liquid to get in (the beak doesn't shut air tight lol). I have found that unless you are a professional at giving meds, this technique is only easy if you have a bird who doesn't fight it. I admittedly have not mastered it in a bird who tries to wildly move their head, beak, and tongue around as Raven does.

So, I find that with Raven who I am currently giving antifungal meds to twice a day for a couple more months yet, is a bit easier to handle if I go about it by covering his eyes. "Burrito" your bird in a towel (the kind of burrito with an open top lol).. and gently hold the head secure. If you have a bird who still tends to try to move their head around, shield the eyes with the towel. Not being able to see the syringe coming will calm him down significantly. This trick is the only thing I've found that will make it a tiny bit easier to place the full dose of liquid into a moving target. I'm getting better at it... Good luck. Hope your little one has a speedy recovery.

*Another thing... Once the meds are inside the mouth, make sure they move the mouth and tongue a little before releasing them from the towel to show that they're swallowing it. Otherwise, I found that birds I've had to medicate (including Raven) will try to store the liquid in the bottom section of the beak, and then shake it all out of their mouth once they're out of the towel. Drip the meds slowly and making sure they swallow each drop before giving the next.
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