How To Help An Injured Bird
Finding an injured bird is an unpleasant experience, but there are often ways in which you can help.
While we’re going to run through some top tips, it’s also important to listen to your instincts. If you feel that you might be doing more harm than good, there’s nothing wrong with leaving the injured bird to recover on its own, or contacting a local wildlife organisation to assist you.
That said, there are some ways you can help a bird yourself.
Bring Them To Safety
If a bird has a wing injury, it can be hard to pick them up. If it’s a smaller bird, try to pick them up using one hand, carefully holding them in your palm. Use your fingers and thumb to secure the bird’s head, and hold it firmly but not tight, to ensure it doesn’t struggle.
Then, keep the bird secure by placing it in a covered, ventilated box.
Contact A Local Wildlife Expert
A vet or wildlife organisation will know best how to treat the bird’s unique situation.
Give them a call immediately, and they will advise on what your next steps should be. In the meantime, keep the bird in its box until it can be safely passed on to a professional.
While You Wait…
If the bird is conscious and seems able to drink, try giving it a couple of droplets of water. This can be administered with a clean teaspoon. If they wish to drink, they will take it- but don’t force them.
It may also help to feed the bird, but only in small doses. Try placing a couple of suet pellets in the box- they can then choose if they wish to feed, and you’re providing a feed with a good fat content, which could give them a little more energy.
If you’re finding a number of injured birds, it’s important to work out the root of the problem.
If they’re being attacked by predators, there are two things to keep in mind. First, is that a bird attacked by a cat could risk getting septicemia, so it’s important to tell the vet when you contact them, and getting them in to be seen as early as possible. Secondly, it’s important to make sure any feeders you’ve placed aren’t putting your birds at unnecessary risk.
Likewise, make sure you’re keeping feeders and bird baths clean. Disease can be easily spread around unclean feeders, and could be the cause of the problem. Check out our blog for some tips on cleaning feeders.
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