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Urgent Hard blocked nostrils

Deiro

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Hello,

A friend of mine has a small cockatiel, around 2-3 weeks old, she says his/her nostrils are blocked but not with runny mucus and there are no vets or anyone who could help in the nearby towns or cities, she lives in North Africa so long travel is also out of question, is there any solution she can make out of anything that might be available in day to day use materials, like for example a diluted nasal spray or anything at all? She fears the baby will die eventually as the infection grows because baby is breathing through mouth only and constantly chokes on the food.

Looking forward to any support.

Thank you in advance!
 

Zara

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Hello,

Firstly, with no vets around, your friend shouldn´t be allowing breeding.

As for the nares, take a cotton bud (Q-tip), moisten slightly, (NOT wet), and gently wipe over the nares. It´s important your friend is gentle, patient, and doesn´t rub hard, or push anything inside.
DO NOT use any chemicals or human medicines or washes. Just water and ONLY water to wipe baby birds clean.

If your friend suspects an infection, they will need to seek help from a professional. If there are no vets, try a professional breeder, or someone perhaps in an avian club that has years of experience, particularly with raising chicks.
 
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