First Aid Kit Information based on Barrie Shutt’s UK article – with some items altered for availability in Australia
A basic First Aid Kit is very necessary in your Birdroom,
A well stocked First Aid Box will enable you to handle minor emergencies or stabilise your birds condition until you can contact your Avian Vet . A suitable container for your Kit can be purchased at most hardware or dollar stores. Do write your Avian Vets name address and contact phone number on the top of your First Aid box.
Ring Cutters; Always be aware of a bird that puts more weight on one leg than the other as this may be a problem with the ring cutting into the leg, all it takes is one little nip from another bird or a tiny foreign object lodged behind the ring and you are faced with a swollen leg. If this is your first time at cutting off a ring i suggest you get someone to help. After removing the ring spray on some Savlon and isolate the bird for a few days until the leg can take the birds weight again. Ring cutters can be purchased from the Budgerigar Society with Sales tables or online.
Scissors; How many times do we shout " where are the scissors"? Always keep a pair in your First Aid box you never know when these will be needed. Never use string in your cage/aviary it is so easy to find a bird hanging by a leg that is tangled with string, those handy scissors could prevent the loss of a birds leg. I always have a separate pair of scissors for cutting the stalks off millet sprays before they are fed to the birds.
Optrex, or Chlorsig, Cold Black Tea; How often do we find a breeding hen with a sore eye, it may be caused by a little sawdust or matted feathers around the eye, the cure can be simple, just apply cold , black weak tea to the eyes using a cotton wool ball. The cold tea would normally cure a red eye if it was caught early. If the symptoms persist then you can try Optrex or Chlorsig which are both available from your Chemist.
Cotton wool buds: For Eyes and cleansing minor wounds
Styptic Pencil ; Avian blood has only a few clotting agents in comparison to human blood so we must act fast when faced with a broken blood feather or a cut , a bird can literally bleed to death from a broken blood feather. And then we have the D.I.Y claws and beak cutters who never seem to realise that when trimming the nails, it is best to pare off a little at a time, so that you do not cut into and expose the nail’s quick. The “quick” refers to the blood and nerve supply that grows partway down the nail. In light-coloured nails, the quick is easily seen, but black nails hide it completely. If the quick is cut, the nail will bleed profusely and cause the bird pain. If you do not have a Styptic pencil use a bar of soft soap and run it across any area of bleeding on the beak or claws.
F10sc Avian Antiseptic Available at most Club Sales tables or online. F10SC is a total spectrum disinfectant that, unlike other strong disinfectants on the market, has no adverse side effects on people, animals, or on equipment and surfaces. It is ecologically friendly and biodegradable, and carries a wide range of registrations and approvals from around the world.