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How to clean birds face feathers from medicine

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I have a question that I can’t seem to find online hoping someone could help me out.

I was prescribed antibiotics for two parakeets after finding out one had a crop infection.Thankfully they seem to be doing better so far after 4 days but the medicine looks like it’s staining the feathers around the mouth a orange/yellowish color and some feathers are stuck together. I know this will clear up over time but it’s kinda bothering me a lot and seems like my birds are having a harder time preening. Is there any way or certain technique to hold them and to clean this up. I don’t want to use soap or anything that can hurt them.

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Cotton ball or soft tissue, wet it well and allow it to wet the feathers. You can gently wipe the feathers to help clean the meds out. A shower or bathing opportunity might be a simple fix too.
 

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Cotton ball or soft tissue, wet it well and allow it to wet the feathers. You can gently wipe the feathers to help clean the meds out. A shower or bathing opportunity might be a simple fix too.
I’m a little worried about giving them a shower because I don’t want them to drink the water since they were prescribed some certain kind of special medicine water that the vet said they can only drink that for 2 weeks. Or do you think they won’t really take in much of that water from the shower?
 

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I also had a medicine for my pale bird and it stained him yellow/orange. It went away with bathing :)

I’m a little worried about giving them a shower because I don’t want them to drink the water since they were prescribed some certain kind of special medicine water that the vet said they can only drink that for 2 weeks. Or do you think they won’t really take in much of that water from the shower?
Oh, maybe stick to the cotton ball clean up then?
 

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I’m a little worried about giving them a shower because I don’t want them to drink the water since they were prescribed some certain kind of special medicine water that the vet said they can only drink that for 2 weeks. Or do you think they won’t really take in much of that water from the shower?
I would use the wet cotton balls/kitchen tissue to clean them up if them drinking un-medicated water is an issue.
 
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