How to get food out of a sparrows windpipe?

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I found a baby sparrow that had fallen out of it's nest and am currently taking care of it. I know you are supposed to leave it or try and put it back in it's nest, but in this situation that was not a possibility. He has done well, and is growing feathers, but today some of his food accidentally got into his windpipe. Is there any way to get it out? I don't know what to do, and am wondering if it's something that his body can fix, or if he will die? I would really appreciate help! Thanks.

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If he has aspirated the food he will likely die. If you have Baytril in the house, it is an antibiotic for birds and will stop infection

How to teach your bird to poop in one place?

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I had a bird a few years ago that i bought trained (it was a sun conure) and whenever we let it out it always flew back to its cage when it needed to poop. Now i bought a young cockatiel. How do i train it to do the same thing?

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According to a book on cockatiels it says: While it is certainly possible to get your bird to use certain places to do it's droppings, this needs to be done with care. You will soon realise by watching your bird's body language when he needs to go to the toilet. At this point, you can try moving him to one of the places you would like him to use. Then praise him just after he has passed his droppings. It is important to have several places which your bird could use, otherwise he may become obsessed with only going to one place and this can cause problems. After a few instances of moving him to these places at the right moment, the bird should get used to this routine and then even make his own way there without your help.

How to make my parrotlet eat his vegetables and fruit?

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He is sick right now with an intestinal infection. I took him this morning to the Avian vet and he is on medication. He told me it was because he was not eating his vegetables and fruit. He said to place fruit and vegetables on top of his seed mix but he is not touching it.

What else can I do to get him to eat his vegetables and fruit?
Is there any other alternative besides vitamin drops, I used those but it didn't help.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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Try warm baby food, chop the veggies and fruite really tiny. Make some birdie bread and add all that I mentioned to it I use Momma's there is also Beak Appetit. Mine doesn't seem to like too many veggies except cooked corn on the cob,with a teeny tiny bit of butter, dehydrated peas and fruit You have to try try try different things cooked, raw, cut up tiny even try large chunks. Join parrotletsplus.com. wonderful people to help you out.

How to tell if my chicken is a rooster at 8 weeks?

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It has a very red comb and wattles but they are only about 1/8 an inch comb and 1/4 and inch wattles. It will be turning 9 weeks tomorrow and I noticed some green coloring in his tail feathers that are leaning upward. I heard it make a very distinguished sound almost like crowing. It looks like a barred rock but isn't.

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At 2 months the bird is hard to tell the difference but the bright red on the comb and wattle is a good indicator its a roo the tail feather if a roo will be curved with a hen the tail feathers stay straight out and give it a couple more months if a roo it will begin to crow if a hen she will begin to lay those wonderful eggs.

How to tame a wild bird?

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I found this bird stuck on our porch and I just set out my parakeet's food in one bowl and some water in another. I am planning to continue feeding and watering it, since it has no way of getting outside. How soon should I try to pet it? Like, after how many days will it develop a sense of trust in me? Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Actually, the only species of native bird you can legally keep without a license is a Rock Pigeon. Even though house sparrows and euro starlings are considered invasive, the USFWS has a problem with individuals keeping them "alive." pigeons are classified as livestock. Let the bird go. What quality of life is it to keep it on your porch merely to pet it one day?

How to convince my parents to let me get a bird?

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I have wanted to get a parrotlet for a while and have enough money for it! I have read all about them and know how to take care of it! My mom had a pet parakeet when she was little but doesn't want a bird now! She seemed ok with it awhile ago but now it is a solid no! What can I do?

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Tell your parents that you think you are responsible enough for a bird. If they enjoy music, tell them that birds sing beautiful songs. They are beautiful creatures so your parents may enjoy their presence in your home--kind of like a decoration. They can be trained to climb on your shoulder, talk and greet people, and even do cute tricks. Tell your parents that parrotlets don't require much, just some food, toys and lots of love!! They usually don't get sick (unless you take care of them badly), so no need for expensive visits to the vet. Ask your parents WHY they won't let you have a parrotlet and try to fix it. Like if they say "I don't think your responsible enough" then prove to them you ARE. Good luck, parrotlets and birds are amazing pets!!

How to get cockatiel to eat healthier?

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I recently adopted a cockatiel. He's really sweet and perfect, but his previous owners spoiled him with an unhealthy diet of mostly a seed mix and millet. How can I get him to eat more fruits and vegetables, and is there a way to ween him off of the seed mix for a pellet diet? He's two, so it's probably not going to be easy. Any tips?

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For cockatiel's its important that you keep him on a healthy seed mix and millet is very important for cockatiels, you need to give them calcium bars (Cuttle boness will work) plus many of their toys will have calcium chunks on them that they can eat. You want to give them fresh cut vegetableses which you can cut up in the morning, plus some crushed egg shell (helps them break down their food in their stomachs) and boiled egg white, you can put some whole grain bread, carrots are good as well, and mix it up for them in a little feeding dish inside their cages. research what they can and can not eat, a lot of fruits can be too acidic and some vegetables can be poisonous. Broccoli is very good for them. The bird will generally eat what he wishes inside the cage, but providing a fresh food mix with all that protein he will thank you for. You can restrict how much seed blend you put in his dish, but be care fulll that you don't starve him. To keep their brains energize and prevent bordom you can switch the toys around in their cage every 1-2 weeks. As a bonus here is a website where i get my bird food from, you can also purchase bird vitamins, and a flight suit for your bird; a flight suit will allow your bird to roam freely about your house without making a mess, and it comes with a leash so you may carry him around on your shoulder, or outside if your bird is so adventurous. http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=5059+20758+6323&pcatid=6323 an adult cockatiel will need a medium flight suit. Ive owned my two cockatiels for 7 years, they are both healthy and happy :)

How to give an untamed parakeet free flight time?

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I have two untamed parakeets.I have had them for 6 months. Also how can i keep them from getting poop on the carpet? P.S. They are not tame at ALL!

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Can you take them out of the cage yet? If not place a small towel/cloth softly over its head (it will not be able to see anything so they cant see anything that they could think is dangerous) then pick them up and let them out. Then close all doors and windows and cover windows and mirrors (they will fly straight into them and cause injuries). And let them fly around. then when ready to put back in the cage, use the towel/cloth method again. There is no way to keep them from pooping everywhere, so try to keep them in a room with hardwood floors, but you could try this method I did with my cockatiel, it's a lot easier to do this when they are tame. Watch them closely and when ever they start to make that squatting movement. Hurry and put them back in the cage and say "poop" when they poop. Then give them praise and such. Don't only do this your the cage but set up somewhere out side the cage so that they won't bust their insides waiting to get to their cage to poop. Like I said this was done with a cockatiel so I don't know if it will work for your birds. HAVE FUN!!

How to heal an injury to the head on a baby duck?

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It looks like the cats around the neighborhood are biting at the back of the heads, there's 1 dead with all the hair and skin and possible muscle tissue from its back of the head, and one seriously injured, can't walk but it can still eat. Any advice would be amazing. Time is of the essence. Thanks.

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That's so sad. You want advise, ok, you may not want to hear this, but depending on the injury, it may die. baby birds are very fragile, a tiny cut or knock can cause their death. if it is bleeding heavily or has more skin missing than the size of a coin it probably won't make it. If you want to try to let it live then take it inside if it isn't already, keep it warm, give it some corn and some hard boiled or scrambled egg. Yes ducks can eat eggs, eggs are fatty and have protein and calcium. put it in a box with some paper towels on the bottom and a heat lamp or electric heater, even a hot water bottle, although that is not Ideal because of the shape. If it is bleeding then I suppose you could try putting a little cornflour over the cut. if it is not bleeding a plaster made for human cuts could work, and clean the wound with water or an alcohol wipe.

How to CATCH a bird living in the attic?

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I don't want to release them, I want to catch them. Don't worry, I won't harm them. I've seen bird traps but they only seem to work on the ground. If somebody can help me I will tell you what I plan on catching them for. Thanks!

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What if you put bird seed on the ground and tie a string to a shoebox and when it starts eating just catch him!

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