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Drinking from an eyedropper - HOW?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by clifonti, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. clifonti

    clifonti Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm having trouble giving my Brahma her medicine though an eyedropper. Does anyone have any special tips to get them to open their little beaks?
     
  2. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

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    We use a baby syringe, it's easier. You can get them at Rite Aid. Hold her head (no she won't like it) and open her beak with your fingers. Then slip the dropper in, real fast.
     
  3. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm afraid of getting liquid in the lungs. I 'drop' the medicine on the top/side of the beak and let the medicine roll slowly into the mouth so they can swallow it. It takes time but I don't have to worry about aspiration into the lungs.
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Get a 1cc syringe. Most vets have them, as well as larger, independant pharmacies. You can then put the syringe way down the throat, and safely dispense the medicine, or even handfeeding formula. I believe ther are also .5 cc syringes, but I've never seen any.
     
  5. clifonti

    clifonti Out Of The Brooder

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    I 'drop' the medicine on the top/side of the beak and let the medicine roll slowly into the mouth so they can swallow it. It takes time but I don't have to worry about aspiration into the lungs.

    Do you manually open her mouth first?​
     
  6. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hold her head in your hand by putting the back of her head in the web between your thumb and forefinger. Gently pull her head back until her beak is vertical. She will automatically open her beak and you can put your syringe in. Works on cats too.
     

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