Why Are We Talking About Treating Bird Bite Wounds?

Parrot trying to bite. Open beak of amazon parrot close up
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When birds do not feel stable in their home environment because are not able to perch easily, the stress of instability can trigger negative behavioral problems.

 

Editor’s note: I would normally say argument but my blood pressure is high these day so I’m trying to be a kinder and gentler person.

 

You’d never think that selling bird toys could be stressful

here’s some other reasons bird’s are different than mammals

Birds have thinner skin than mammals.

Bird’s skin is much more delicate and nowhere near as elastic.

 

A bird skin is firmly stretched over bones especially in the wings and feet area.

 

Feathered follicles are contained with in the skin itself and lots of smooth muscles which control feather position – a mesmerizing phenomenon in and of itself

 

Because for the most part birds are smaller than mammals they use more energy – you know that flight thing.

 

They do have a slightly higher metabolism than mammals but there’s not a big difference.

 

There is a difference in body temperatures

 

Restraint of psittacines involves immobilization of the head,

 

And i quote from a VETERINARIAN “generally with a thumb on one side of the mandible and the index or middle finger on the other”.

 

I mention this only because of some comments I received on you to while it illustrating proper bird restraint techniques

 

 

“I wish i could put my thumb and forefinger around his neck.”

“what a dickhead..Ida let the bird fly away”

 

avistraint/toweling

There is a difference in body temperatures

 

Birds have thinner skin than mammals.

Is much more delicate in nowhere near as elastic.

 

A bird skin is firmly stretched over bones especially in the wings and feet area.

 

Feathered follicles are contained with in the skin itself in lots of smooth muscles which control feather position – a mesmerizing phenomenon in and of itself

 

Regardless of room temperature it’s not warm enough or sick bird.

 

By raising the temperature close to the bird their body can push more energy on 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 cage assuming your bird is ambulatory so that your bird can decide its own ambient temperature comfort level.

 

If you see your bird holding her wings away from her body and possibly panting she or hee 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.

 

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.

 

They pay dearly for this he 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.


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He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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