parrott support needed

by Paul Tanner

hello i have a male senegal parrot and its a few years old or could be older and one of its noistrols is blocked and he keep picking at it.

what could i do to unblock it and should i take it into the vets or not..

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Nov 11, 2010
parrott support needed
by: Linda

As Tracie said, give the blockage a chance to come out by itself, and be ready to take to Avian Vet if it does not in a few days.

I will offer my own experience as a guide. Many years' ago, when I acquired my Amazon pair, the female's one nostril was blocked. The birds had been neglected as their owner was very sick, and the level of dirt all around them was tremendous and had been that way for a long time. I called an Avian Vet, and they told me to give her baths spraying a bit of warm water directly onto the nostril. I would also catch her and try and use one of those little rubber tooth pick cleaners with the soft point on the end. After a week, nothing was working, and she could not breathe through this nostril.

I took Stella to Avian Vet, and it took us almost 45 minutes to get the blockage out. I held her and doctor worked with a sharp dentist pick in her nostril. What finally came out was hard as a rock and made a little ping in the dish she put it in. This would have NEVER come out with a million baths and rubber picks.

Moral to story is that if her nostril is still blocked after a week, the impaction has hardened and will have to be removed by an Avian Vet. There is no need to sedate bird as that is very dangerous. Bird will need to be held still while the other person does a little prospecting in the old nose mine.

Hope this helps and good luck,

Nov 10, 2010
Nostril blocked
by: Tracie

Dr B has answered this before, so I will share what he says. You can try to encourage the bird to bathe and clear this without human intervention, but if it doesn't clear you will need to take it to an avian vet.

If it is food lodged, it will get infected if it does not get removed. If it isn't something lodged, then it might be an internal infection. So either way the bird could get seriously ill if this is not taken care of.

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