Friday, 27 July 2018

Bird Rehydration

Occasionally I have the job of trying to save sick and injured birds. Basic knowledge has been gleaned from conversations with our Avian adviser, the internet, and practical experience. Sick pigeons have common and often fatal illnesses that little can be done with. Birds that are sometimes unable or unwilling to drink or eat, can sometimes be helped on the road to recovery.
Rehydration is the first thing that should be done, before any food is given, as the bird has to be well enough to cope with digesting food. Hydration liquid is easily made up by using 1 litre of warm water, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and I teaspoon of salt. Short movie clip below showing a current situation.

In spite of my efforts, sadly this bird did not survive.

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