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Re: Food ball stuck on face

Posted by GreyLady on 1/25/09
(7) Comments

    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.

    Unfortunately, that happens to the best of us. If you didn't
    know it before, you have learned the lesson the hard way, as
    many of us have. Once that formula dries, it's next to
    impossible to get off without hurting the baby. In most
    cases, it just has to wear/grow off. The last baby I let it
    happen to, wore a little glob on his chest for about a
    month. Poor little fella looked like he had a birth defect.
    You can try softening it with a cotton ball soaked in warm
    water. Soak a little, very gently scrape a little with your
    nail, soak, scrape, repeat. But it's wearing on the nerves,
    both yours and the little one. You have to be so very careful
    about pulling out little pin feathers, and extra careful
    about getting any water in it's nose. Sometimes all we can
    do is learn from it and from now on, be sure to wipe every
    little bit of formula off with a warm damp cloth before it
    has time to dry any at all. Good luck with it.