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Brimley visits the vet

Brimley was a good boy. At least we think he's a boy. He was a real trooper at the vet. He tolerated having his nails trimmed and his beak trimmed with a dremel. He even gave a blood sample without too much fuss.

It was just his six month check up; but we're also getting his DNA tested for sex. It is pretty much impossible to know the sex of a Quaker Parakeet without a DNA test (unless, of course, an egg shows up - that's pretty certain). 
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I'm glad Brimley's visit to the vet went so smoothly! He really was a good boy! I mean, you would never get that kind of cooperation out of a cat! *g*

Good luck with the DNA test. I didn't realize it was so difficult to determine the sex of a Quaker Parakeet. It would be interesting if Brimley turned out to be a girl. Of course, I'm sure you'd love Brimley just as much if he turned out to be a she... *g*
As I understand it, you can get NO cooperation for a cat. Birds aren't much different. Brimley was just good because Mommy was there and he's used to me holding him and flipping him over to rub his belly.

Whether he is male or female makes no real difference to us. We mostly want to know for certain in case something medical comes up that the sex makes a difference (e.g. egg binding, etc.). That way, we don't have to wait for DNA test results to start treatment. It is just a precaution. Besides, the vet was already taking a blood sample for a full blood count.
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