I hope the post on the Ultimate Bird DIY First Aid Kit will become part of your avian reference library.
We’re going to break down the first aid thing into several manageable parts.
Before we do here’s a pop quiz: What was the cashier at Walgreens thinking when I bought Pedialyte, saline, eyewash, plastic gloves & a tube of KY Jelly? (for the birdy first aid kit?)
We designed the ultimate bird first aid kit for a broad range of species, so you don’t need everything in it.
As an example you really need a needle nose pliers to pull of blood feather from a blue and gold macaw, but only a strong tweezers for smaller bird like a parakeet.
It’s been a quiet summer as far as the Atlantic Ocean storms go — but now in early fall the hurricane season continues until the ocean water cools significantly. Now it looks as if the US East Coast, Florida especially, will be another target along the path of Hurricane Matthew, the strongest hurricane for the longest period of time in a decade.
Are there any products that would help keep a bird warm in an extended power outage, like the one we recently experienced here on the east coast? Is there such a thing as a battery-operated heat lamp, or some similar product?
One solution that can help for a shorter period is a milk jug filled with hot water, then placed under a blanket that the cage is wrapped in, or if small birds put right in the cage.
We are very sorry for this terrible tragedy that has occurred on the east coast. Are there any shelters or humane societies that will allow you to bring your birds to them in travel cages until the heat is resolved?
We truly feel your pain in worry for the birds, pets, children and anyone suffering from this disaster.
Windy City Parrot, Inc.
Thanks for your response. Getting the hot water could be challenging, though–I was able to take my lovebird to a friend who had power, so she was safe this time, but I worry about the next storm, in possibly even colder weather. My house was down to 48 degrees by the time power was restored; I’m not sure she could have survived that.
I am not sure if there about shelter options–pets were allowed in some shelters; my home was habitable, if cold, and I have two dogs; I couldn’t really picture how we would all manage in a shelter. I’m just now researching possible options and ideas in case it happens again and I am not able to take her anywhere. My plan of last resort was to put her in her small cage, throw a blanket over it, and stay under it with her as much as possible in the hope that body heat would keep her alive. I’m not sure I ever want to test out that theory, though.
Since your bird is small, It may enjoy the comfort of being inside your clothing with you. Perhaps even in a fabric pouch on a string around your neck and be tucked at about “ahem” chest level. Like a sugar glider bag.
At night putting the bird in a small cage or plastic shoe box with many holes for air and tucking under your blanket with you may be helpful.
Otherwise, I am out of ideas, I went to a favorite bird forum I use and asked for advise. It did not bring much help.
Bringing tropical animals into a cold climate does have its disadvantages when we find ourselves in a situation such as this.
I wish you the best.
Windy City Parrot Birdie Boutique