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Urgent Parakeet Broken Beak

Discussion in 'Bird Emergency Highway 911' started by Dexy2010, 11/7/18.

  1. Dexy2010

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    Hi everyone.
    So, last Friday our parakeet somehow managed to break his bottom beak. He has been to the vet and it was labeled "traumatic amputation" on the paperwork. He was given an antibiotic shot, a pain medication, and special food. He will not eat the food that was given to us and he seems to slip out of every position we've tried to keep his head still. We don't want to stress him out more than he already is so we've been trying to get him to eat other things. Before yesterday we had very little luck. We were able to get him to eat quinoa. I don't know if this food alone would be able to provide the nutrition he needs though. Has anyone ever dealt with lower beak issues? I've seen plenty of posts about top beaks, but never bottom.

    Also, his feathers are looking a little ragged and I'm trying to figure out a way to clean him up that wouldn't cause his body to have to work any harder than it already is to regulate his temperature.
     
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  2. iamwhoiam

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    Sorry about your parakeet. How about moistening some pellets for him or making him mushy mashes? You can also mush up some apple.
     
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    We've tried making the food soft, he still has an aversion to that. (We may def try again now that he's tried something we've given him.) He loves pears, so we are def going to try to give him that mashed up.

    What exactly would constitute a "mushy mashes"?
     
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    My cockatoo has NO lower beak, it was burned when she was a chick, and it de-gloved. She's also missing the tip of top beak. She adjusted to this while still being hand-fed as a chick, so the adjustment was easy for her, but she eats a soft diet without any difficulties. My feeling is that he'll learn to eat if given support. Can you try hulling the seeds for him to start with? He may be able to do easy ones himself eventually, but until you see him doing it. Quinoa will be good. Any small sprouts as well, and things he likes that you can present in small pieces. Broccoli florets, minced greens, minced pears. Try sprouting the 'keet seeds and giving them while they're still very tiny. He may eat some chia seeds too. I'd mix some of his favorite small seeds into any of the fresh minced things. I wouldn't stress him out by trying to force feed him.
     
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    I feel like he may be starting to adjust, but the first few days we had to force him so that he would have some food in him.
    I'm going to put all of the things mentioned in the notepad on my phone to look into and try.
     
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    I just wanted to thank everyone for all of the suggestions!
    Sevro seems to be adapting and he has gained back about 2 grams of weight. He had lost a great deal. *fingers crossed that everything keeps going well*
     
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    I buy some hemp seeds that are not in a hull or shell. Called Hemp hearts and my birds love them.
     

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