In the parrot or the bird
Accidents to prevent that could lead to this kind of trauma
- Often flies to windows
- Ceiling fan activated
- Non-solid perch
- Sudden noise or light at night (he may jump and fall)
- Attack between birds
- A cut of badly made wings (it will fall like a stone)
- The arrangement of parrot toys in the playground
- Lack of perch, rope or other in the play area
- You arrive too quickly in the room by opening the door while he is flying
Recognize the symptoms of a concussion or brain damage
There are some very easy signs to watch out for if you think your bird may be suffering from a concussion. Unfortunately, if there is brain damage, there isn't much you can do, but both can look the same. If you actually see your bird flying through a window, it's pretty easy to guess what caused the problem.
Symptoms of a mid-grade concussion
- Difficulty perching
- Slight sag of the wing
- Loss of appetite
- Uncoordinated flight
- Need to sleep a lot more than usual (unusual sleep pattern)
Symptoms of a severe concussion or brain hemorrhage
- Inability to roost, falls from perch / perches
- Loss of coordination due to neurological damage
- The head rolls on the back of the neck, in a circular motion or by fully tilting
- Eyes roll, move back and forth in uncharacteristically
- Completely Unconscious
So what do you do if this happens to your parrot?
1. First of all, you need to stay calm. If you panic, you will be of no use to your bird. They need you to have a cool head and they are counting on you for your physical and emotional support.
2. Gently lift your parrot by supporting its head, keeping it in a horizontal position. Do not let your head fall back, if there is a whiplash injury you will go further if it is not supported. Some parrots can bite in pain if they are not severely shot, so they may try to grab something and it maybe your hands, especially if the beak is a good size, be careful.
3. Never lay your parrot on its back to examine it for injuries. It is a sure way to kill a traumatized bird. By laying a bird on its back you immediately drop its blood pressure, many avian lives have been lost this way.
4. Take your parrot to a quiet room, away from children, noise, other animals, etc. and examine them slowly and calmly starting with their heads. Lower the body very carefully, checking the wings, breastbone, legs, etc.
5. Talking softly to him constantly, your voice will reassure him.
Bleeding: If your parrot is bleeding a lot, cornmeal (or any other meal) is a quick and easy 'home remedy' that has saved many bird lives. Simply place the bleeding limb or cover the area with cornmeal (never the beak or respiratory areas) and it will act as a coagulant, allowing the blood to freeze and stop as birds can bleed far too easily.
Fracture / rupture: your bird will need to see a vet as soon as he's stable, but you won't want to rush him to a vet while he's still in shock, concussion, and obviously in pain. Stop any bleeding, cover the wound (if the bone protrudes) with sterile gauze (very gently) and work to stabilize your parrot. Do not try to replace a bone, as this can do more damage than good and shock your parrot more.
You should stabilize your parrot before you even attempt to take it to an avian vet, as some birds unfortunately won't survive the road trip if they are too manhandled and in shock.
As strange as it may sound, your voice will be one of the biggest things in helping your parrot come out of the very first initial phase of shock. Many lives have been saved by an owner who just talks to his beloved bird, his will to live is very strong, and you have to give him a reason to fight.
You have to keep it warm, this is very important. If you can wrap them in a nice warm towel. I often put a towel in the dryer for a minute to warm it up slightly, then wrapped it around an injured bird (very gently). This helps them maintain their body temperature and stabilize them. Once a bird's body temperature drops, you have a hard time getting it back up. Keep them warm but never let them overheat as this will also be detrimental. Hot but not hot. Use their feet as an indicator of their body temperature, cold toes signify a cold bird. Don't let the weight of the towel on your bird, help it.
It is important not to try to feed (neither water nor food) your parrot.
In case of shock, their digestive system will be shut down. Several hours must pass.
Depending on the level of trauma, you may have to pay to see if your avian vet can make it home, but since many don't, make sure your bird is stabilized before you even attempt to pick it up in the car. . Let your vet know you are coming so they are ready.
Please make sure your parrot is stable before you even attempt to transport them. Their breathing should be relatively even, and they should be relatively aware of their surroundings or at least somewhat sensitive to your voice. Keep them warm during transport and drive as "smoothly" as possible. When transporting your parrot, many owners will choose to hold their parrots, but if you place them in a travel cage, line the bottom with a soft towel and stack them on either side to allow your parrot to rest. press comfortably against the sides so that they are not shaken by the movement of the car. Remember, it is illegal to have an animal on you while driving in Quebec, the transporter is a better solution.
If no vet is available, take a box with a high rim or its carrier. Put blankets on it to keep it fluffy. Do not put him back in his cage. If he perches, he could fall and break his neck. It will also keep it warmer. Sometimes some people use a heating pad to put underneath .... be careful overheating can dehydrate it. Do not put light on it, or at least in very low intensity.
A bird with a concussion usually has no appetite for the first few days after the accident. You can help your bird by providing food that is easy to digest. Fresh fruits and vegetables are perfect for your sick bird. Oily seeds should not be given to the bird. His digestive system will have more trouble ...