Why Are We Talking About Treating Bird Bite Wounds?

Parrot trying to bite. Open beak of amazon parrot close up
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The other side of the coin is when it becomes too high for birds they need to lose heat like we do when we sweat.


Because birds don’t have any sweat glands they have to get rid of it by rapid breathing or panting if you will.


While most of his fantasize about warm weather while experiencing these never ending North American cold temperatures let’s think about what to do should your bird become overheated.


Not that there’s ever been a power outage anywhere or history of the United States but it is possible to come home to a dehydrated bird because you’ve been gone for the day and the air conditioner crapped out.

What do you do?

Your choice of emergency liquids are

  • Sugar water
  • Non carbonated lemonade
  • Milk and egg yolk
  • Pedialyte (used for pediatric hydration).

You may even have to stroke your birds throat to help him or her swallow.


Depending upon the size of the bird you may need from 6 to 7 drops for birds like canaries to 10 or 15 drops and up to 5 teaspoons for large parrots

Helpful links for avian first aid 

Poisons and Parrots

Saving the life of a pigeon or dove – vital basic steps

Animal Poison Control

Avian CPR

Zootonic diseases – Can my bird make me sick

Here’s a more in depth description of Avian Orthopedic injuries from Margaret A. Wissman, D.V.M., D.A.B.V.P.

Also published on Medium.

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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.