I wouldn`t like to be in with any of our birds while they were under anesthetic, but it`s good to see the pictures afterwards. I cried just hearing ours going under anesthetic sat in the waiting room!!!!!!! That`s why I believe these things are best left to the vets who know what they are doing.
I always stay with my birds when the vet has to do anything, and make a point of doing so. I like to know exactly what is going on. I sometimes help the vet with holding the bird or a wing etc, while it is aneasthetised. It's interesting to see how the breathing rate falls or rises within a few* seconds*, in relation to how much aneasthetic is being given. The dose/rate is varied using a dial on the gas supply line. For light aneasthetic (as when imping) the birds do come back round very quickly.
With some hawks, they don't even use aneasthetic, for imping sometimes; just put a hood on them, and in this 'darkness' the birds seem happy to be restrained without aneastetic while the vet does what is needed.
He is,doing really well physically. A few have mounted out now and been replaced by his own feathers which is great. He can fly as when he gets spiked he flies and doesn't crash anymore.
But he choses not to fly. In fact he choses not to move from "his corner" of the room despite have access to everything. He can't seem to get used to the fact he can fly and his biting is worse that ever xx