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Old 07-25-2017, 11:55 AM
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Hi, so I made an appointment to take Yeti and Custard to an avian vet for a check up next Friday, but I am a little worried about stress and disturbed by stories of birds dying in the vets' hand. They're both 9 weeks... is it too soon? Would it be wise to cancel and wait? My only concern is a little red patch above Yeti's cere which I am monitoring.
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I've even taken birds to the vet the same day I got them. Sure it was a lot for them, a lot of stressful changes and all, but rest assured, it's not too much for a healthy bird to withstand. I would not hesitate taking Yeti and Custard in for their new bird exams. Their age is fine. When birds are weaned and old enough to go to new homes, they're old enough.

The stories you've heard about birds dying in hand, in reality is rare. Not a common occurrence at all. Especially if captured and restrained by someone who knows what they're doing, I would not worry at all. For over 2 decades I've had birds and have regularly taken them to the vet, and have never even had that thought cross my mind. Over the years (and that means plenty of birds) I've had birds panic, wild ones be caught, etc. and it was all fine . Usually, if a bird is completely freaked out they'll release a lot of their tail and flight feathers (which grow back ) but are no worse for wear the next day. Of course we don't want to freak out our birds if we don't have to, but taking them to the vet for a new bird check up, or when needed is definitely important and needs to be done.
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I've even taken birds to the vet the same day I got them. Sure it was a lot for them, a lot of stressful changes and all, but rest assured, it's not too much for a healthy bird to withstand. I would not hesitate taking Yeti and Custard in for their new bird exams. Their age is fine. When birds are weaned and old enough to go to new homes, they're old enough.

The stories you've heard about birds dying in hand, in reality is rare. Not a common occurrence at all. Especially if captured and restrained by someone who knows what they're doing, I would not worry at all. For over 2 decades I've had birds and have regularly taken them to the vet, and have never even had that thought cross my mind. Over the years (and that means plenty of birds) I've had birds panic, wild ones be caught, etc. and it was all fine . Usually, if a bird is completely freaked out they'll release a lot of their tail and flight feathers (which grow back ) but are no worse for wear the next day. Of course we don't want to freak out our birds if we don't have to, but taking them to the vet for a new bird check up, or when needed is definitely important and needs to be done.
Thank you, that's reassuring I will be taking Yeti and Custard next Friday and, since I will be taking them to a specialist avian vet, we shouldn't have much to worry about
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Good to hear they'll be getting their checkup soon nothing to worry about .
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RavensGryf has given you excellent advice. I agree that it is a fine time for their first Avian Vet check-up.

Having your budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future.
Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.

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I always take any new bird to the vet for an initial check up usually within the first 2 weeks that I have them and then sometimes again at the end of their quarantine period. I also feel a bit apprehensive knowing that they are not fully settled in to their new home but it is for their own well being and I have never had any bad experiences doing it. I am probably more nervous than the birds are.
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