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Albie is now on Nystatin and has a massive fit after she get the meds. I'm doing it exactly as instructed but I can tell she hates the taste. I don't blame her the stuff even smells bad. I didn't know if there were ways to get her to take it better. Has anyone had to deal with this before? It's treating her crop infection and needs to be administered 30 mins before feeding.

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It isn't easy to give your budgie oral medication but over time and with practice it does get better.

Have you spoken with Albie's vet regarding the taste/smell of the medication?
Perhaps they can add a flavoring to the medication to make it more palatable the way doctor's sometimes do with children's meds.

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I had a similar situation, I would give the medication and then give a little water with the syringe to sort of wash down the medication, check with your vet and see if that would be ok to try after giving the Nystatin.
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It's been suggested to possibly put plain yogurt on the tip of the syringe. Or even water it down. Right now she's taking it and keeping it down which is what I'm most relieved about. Her crop is hugely swollen so much so it's nearly three times the size I feel it should be. The vet told me it was nothing a while ago when I took her and just gave me some meds that made her worse. Albie doesn't trust syringes now. The vet misdiagnosed her three times before I took her to a fellow budgie owner and she diagnosed it right away from experience. Don't know how well I trust this vet now.

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It isn't easy to give your budgie oral medication but over time and with practice it does get better.

Have you spoken with Albie's vet regarding the taste/smell of the medication?
Perhaps they can add a flavoring to the medication to make it more palatable the way doctor's sometimes do with children's meds.

Birds Budgies How To Give Drops By Mouth - YouTube
How to Medicate Your Bird - YouTube
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Was the vet you saw an Avian Vet or a regular vet?

Under the circumstances, I'd be looking for a different Avian Vet for the future.
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Avian vet. I even drove an hour to go see her and paid quite a lot...

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Under the circumstances, I'd be looking for a different Avian Vet for the future.
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Budgies can be trickier to medicate than other bird species not only because their mouths are tiny, but because they have fluffy feathers covering their beaks! For that, I take a paper towel or small washcloth dampened with water to slick the feathers back away from the beak. That way it's easier to see where to put the syringe, and it doesn't get all over the mouth feathers instead .

A trick I discovered when medicating birds of parrot species (includes budgies).... drop the meds in slowly, then to make them swallow, tilt the head up slightly and touch the beak/mouth area which seems to give them the urge to swallow (instead of them holding it in the lower beak to shake out when you release them ).

Sounds like it might be time to search for a different Avian vet. Not all of them are as good or as experienced as you'd expect. I wish you all the best with Albie .
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