Bird Injury Management

Methods and techniques for tire application to affected birds. First of all, a wounded bird or beast should be fed and allowed to rest before starting treatment of the wound. An exception is those cases where urgent intervention is required due to menacing bleeding.

A wounded bird may die of shock during the treatment of a wound, but it is even more likely that it will die from blood loss – a risk factor must be taken into account. When treating a wound or healing a fracture, keep a glass of milk, syrup or sugar ready. If the stress state of the bird is aggravated, rapid breathing is observed, give the patient a few drops of liquid and provide a short rest before continuing the operation.

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Sometimes a wounded bird needs to be kept; do it this way: cut a hole in the sock, place the bird inside, leave the head outside so that it can breathe freely. Then it should be placed in a dark box and kept warm until the operation begins.

We always operated on the birds, holding them on our knees in a towel. This is more convenient than leaning over the table. Slightly support the bird by the forearms – this calms it, but watch out for shock.

To treat a wound, the following is required: sterile gauze, adhesive plaster, small scissors, tweezers, cardboard, disinfectants, ointments, a towel, a cloth. All this should be on the table within reach. First of all, prepare some tape adhesive tape. You may need gauze swabs to treat open wounds; prepare them in advance so that they are appropriate in size. Do not forget to put a glass of sweetened milk on the table, put a pipette in a prominent place.

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It is important that the bird cannot move while the tire is being laid. When you have to deal with large birds, it is good if someone else is nearby. The legs of the birds of prey must be bandaged so as to completely protect themselves from their sharp claws. Learning to hold a bird during first aid is a great art in itself. Treating birds of smaller sizes, it is not necessary to resort to someone else’s help. Extra hands just get in the way.

It is advisable that during the operation, none of the outsiders should not observe her. The bird will remain calm if it does not notice your movements. Throw a piece of tissue over the patient’s head so that the bird does not see anything without interfering with normal breathing. If you are treating a small bird, place it in the sock, cut one hole in it for the damaged wing or leg, and the other for the head. Wrap a large bird in a large piece of cloth, in which also make a hole to release a damaged wing or leg. Secure the fabric well with safety pins, but do not press it too tight near the head so that the bird can breathe freely. Sometimes it’s enough for small birds to throw fabric on their heads so that they calm down and allow them to take care of their wounds. But in this case, keep your sock ready.

It is believed that a bird with a broken leg, left alone, is self-healing. This view is not far from the truth. However, we had to see many birds whose legs did not grow together correctly and the birds remained mutilated. Therefore, if you get a bird with a broken leg, lay a splint. This is especially important for robins and quail, as they run on the ground in search of food. The activity of various birds significantly depends on their anatomical features. You should know as much as possible about your feathered patient. Immediately draw from the sources all the necessary information, it is advisable to consult a specialist.

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It is not always possible to say with full confidence that the leg is broken. But if the bird cannot go around the limb, then it means a fracture, which, after a thorough examination, can be detected. Sometimes a bird gets only a bruise, hitting, for example, a car wiper. In this case, there is no need to apply a tire. It is only necessary to provide the bird with normal nutrition and rest and it will begin to recover. Quite often, the birds become entangled in the rods during the construction of the nest or on a rope left by someone. When you try to free the joints can stretch as a result of which the leg becomes stationary. Tensile also does not require tire overlay.

We also had to see birds, which, tangled in a rope, tore off the skin on their legs, but did not receive a fracture. Lubricating the injured area with antiseptic ointments and sterile dressings contribute to the speedy healing of the wound. Do not rush to put a tire on the foot of the bird. Outline a plan of action, then check to see if you have everything you need for this. Capture should be firm, confident, but careful. It should not be forgotten that the bones of flying birds are narrow and hollow, as a result of which they can easily fracture if they are too tightly gripped. The fragility of the wings should be borne in mind when constructing cages for recovering birds. Stronger bones in land birds, but the strongest – in waterfowl. Remember that water and food should always be on the floor of the cage where the birds that received the fractures are.