Unfortunately, they are inevitable and you must be prepared while wishing they do not happen. A first aid kit must be kept handy along with the phone numbers of both your veterinarian and the emergency clinic.
The emergency kit will help you to react quickly and efficiently before you bring the bird to the vet. Keep in mind that accidents often happen on weekends or holidays therefore you must ensure that the correct measures are taken.
Emergency kit :
1- a coagulating powder (Kwik Stop), flour or corn starch to stop the bleeding.
2- a heated blanket and a thermometer: a sick bird requires a warm environment (27-28°C).
3- clean towels that will be used to cover the top and bottom of the cage and another to immobilize an injured bird.
4- a small cage or a plastic box to put the sick bird in which must then be kept in a warm and calm place.
5- scissors and pliers to untangle a leg or a toe caught in the mesh or to cut an untangled foot in a toy thread ;
6- gauze, Q-tips and VetWrap to clean and protect an injury;
7- diluted Iodine, peroxyde - and a must- Oxyfresh Gel to desinfect an injury ;
8- Pedialyte or Gastrolyte to help maintain the sick or injured bird's energy; Boost (or any other make) to nourish and sustain the bird that refuses to eat;
9- a seringe, a pipette to administer the medication directly to the beak.