Feathered follicles are contained within the bird’s skin itself and lots of smooth muscles which control feather position – a mesmerizing phenomenon in and of itself
Regardless of room temperature it’s never warm enough for a sick bird.
By raising the temperature close to the bird’s internal temperature their body can push more energy onto healing and less on trying to keep itself at a normal body temperature.
It’s best to provide a heat source on one side of the bird cage.
Assuming your bird is ambulatory, your bird can decide its own ambient temperature comfort level by moving closer or away from the heat source.
If you see your bird holding her wings away from her body and possibly panting she or he is too warm.
If your bird appears to be fluffing up his or her feathers and “huddling” your bird is too cold.
We find polar bears in the Arctic, lions and tigers and Africa, foxes and brown bears in North America.
They manage to stay warm with their fur and a layer of fat.
My Point is birds, because they can maintain a high body temperature that’s constant they are able to be indigenous in many habitats be they polar, temperate or tropical.
Bird’s pay dearly for heat production by energy intake so they are able to balance what they put out while having the ability to get rid of excess heat when they need to.
In other words if a bird is an area with falling temperatures, they will increase their own rate of metabolism to keep their internal temperature from going down.
As mentioned earlier, a few weeks ago we revisited our ultimate bird first aid kit.
We certainly are not advocating that you go to this extreme but we wanted to point out many of the possible injuries that one needs to be prepared for over the decades that you may have a bird in your home.
The single biggest cause of bird death is malnutrition we know that.
But physical injuries are more common than you may think.
Editor’s note: at the bottom of this post you’ll find some helpful links we advocate that you bookmark should emergencies arise.
Make sure you also have contact information for after-hours veterinary care.
You can get a recommendation for where to go from your own veterinarian.
After spending several hours with my ouija board I came up with the predictability of a number of maladies a bird may encounter in its lifetime
- Animal bites
- Beak injuries
- Bee stings
- Bleeding from nares (nose)
- Breathing problems
- Broken blood feathers
- Egg binding
- Eye injuries
- Falling into oil
- Foreign object eaten
- Foreign object inhaled
- Joint swelling
- Lead and zinc poisoning
- Tissue protruding from vent
- Trapped on adhesive
Now you know why we built the Ultimate Bird First Aid Kit
Finally bird bite wounds.
Bite wounds can come from predators and also from prey species.
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