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I have only tried hydrating a very sick pigeon once, by following the advice on the sticky at the top of this forum. I was using a large syringe, which seemed like a good way of doing it. However at the time, I was very confused about how to get the water down its throat without causing it to breath in the water. The pigeon was sitting, so I tilted back its head and opened its beak, and slowly plunged the syringe, letting drops of water go down his throat. I'd do a few drops at a time, and then let the pigeon swallow.

He seemed to do ok with this, but according to the sticky he needed a lot more fluid, so I tried to give him more in the morning. I pretty much did the same thing, but after an hour or so, he took a turn for the worse and was having breathing problems.

I am left feeling that I aspirated him! He was already really sick and badly wasted, with severe diahorrea, and he'd lost the ability to stand over the night. So with the breathign problem on top of all this I tought it would kinder to have die painlessly rather than suffer any longer.

I'm sure I'll encounter a situation liek this again, so i am wonderng if anyone can please explain to me how to hydrate a sick bird, without aspirating it? Is there a trick with the tilt of the head, or where the tip of the syringe enters the mouth?

Thanks so much for your help!
 

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Dear Charis,
Thankyou, that makes a lot of sense. When you have the beak open, how far do you usually tilt back the pigeon's head to get the fluid to go down the back of the throat? Do you think it would be better to put something on the end of the syringe, to get the tip of the syringe past the trachea? Or is it unnecessary?

X Belinda
 
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