Re: Food ball stuck on face
Posted by jill on 1/29/09
On 1/25/09, zen wrote:
> Does anyone have any suggestions on how to remove a food
> ball from from a cockatiels face?
> Iam feeding a baby 7 weeks old and he has some dried food
> stuck to his face kind of like in a ball.
hey zen....maybe i can help. i had this very problem myself.
the first group i started handfeeding. frankly i was
surprised they lived at all...had to take my husband to the
hospitol and we found out his apendix had burst just over 48
hours before and they went 15 hours without being
fed....poor little guys....took my kids home at 4 am and
gave them a crash corse on handfeeding...they did quite well
anyway when i got home...there was this ginormous food
ball....i tried soaking and it was moving so slow. the food
ball was causing more problems for the baby's than i deemed
humane. finally this is what i did...i got a damp rag(really
damp) and soaked it for a few minutes( don't use on
nostriles). then i took a pair of needlenose pliers (cleaned
and sanitized) and put just enough pressure on the sides by
way of pinching to break the ball.then again with the rag
and got off what i could.... i had to repeat the process
several times (being very careful not to pinch or pull on
the baby's skin) it took about 30 min. per bird but
eventully all of them were clean again.
the best way to do it is to avoid doing it by cleaning well
after every meal!!!lol