For thousands of years, birds have been a source of fascination for human beings lacking the incredible gift, the sublime ability to make the sky a playground. Equipped with their flamboyantly colored wings, magnifying us with their beauty and their dizzying dance with the wind, we can only be blissfully admiring, we poor robbers of life nailed to the ground by the weight of gravity. In freedom, they don’t need anything or anyone to survive (just like any animal), but on certain occasions these paladins of the sky may need a human hand to come to their rescue, when too much twirling leaves them with a broken wing for example.
How do you treat a bird’s wing?
To care for a bird’s wing, it is important to follow several steps:
-Make sure the bird’s wing is well broken.
-Take the bird home.
-Take care of the bird: if there is blood, you must disinfect it, then apply a bandage.
-Take care of the injured bird during recovery.
-Return it to freedom.
This paragraph is only a quick introduction to the steps you need to follow to know how to care for a bird’s wing, we invite you to continue reading our article to find out how to care for a bird’s wing in depth.
Make sure the bird’s wing is broken
When a bird is injured it will not be able to fly and in some cases it will not be able to walk or stand on its feet for a long period. The first thing to do is to make sure that the wing is injured. You will be able to identify a broken wing by the way it rests on the bird’s body, it will fall a little lower and a little lower than its healthy wing.
There are different types of injuries, depending on the severity of the injury, the way of treating the broken wing will change. You should check for blood or fractures, you should observe the wing and try to handle it as little as possible, you should try to look for cracks in the skin, a fracture or dislocation. If you observe any of these signs, the wing is beautifully broken and the bird needs your help to heal itself.
Take the bird home with you
Unlike what happens with dogs and cats, birds do not trust human beings, if they have not been domesticated, they perceive us as predators, when you approach the bird it will see you as a threat, a danger. Knowing this, you must catch it and take it home safely so that you can treat it.
Ideally, you should be able to catch the bird with gloves, but we all know that no one carries a pair of gloves in their bag when they go shopping. So we recommend that you put a small towel, a T-shirt or any kind of cloth over it to prevent it from hurting you with its paws or beak. Wrap him as you can, being careful to leave his head out in the open and being very careful with his broken wing. As soon as possible, you will need to find a small crate with small holes in which to put the bird, which you will then take home safely.
Once at home if you have a small cage, it is ideal, if not, as it is temporary, a fairly large box with a small warm cloth in the bottom is more than enough. You must prevent other animals or small children from getting close to this small convalescent nest.
Heal the broken wing of the bird…
The care you will need to provide will depend on the injury the bird suffers. If the bird is bleeding, the first step is to disinfect and stop the bleeding. Clean the wound using a cotton swab or cotton wool soaked in hydrogen peroxide. To do this, gently pat the wing wound with your cotton swab.
Then you will need to apply an astringent powder to stop the bleeding. You can find this powder in veterinary shops, in addition to stopping the bleeding it has analgesic properties. Its effect is a little painful at first but it will be more than useful for large wounds. If you do not have astringent powder on hand, sprinkle the wound with cornstarch, it is essential to stop the bleeding because birds are small and bleed out quickly.
If it is only a small cut on the wing with very little blood, you will just have to disinfect the wound with a cotton swab so that the wound is healthy.
How do you bandage a broken wing?
Next, you will have to apply a bandage, both if it is an external injury and if there is a fracture. You will need a bandage and scissors. You must succeed in immobilizing the broken wing, roll up the bandage very carefully through what would be the armpit, then roll it widthwise, crossing the bird’s body and making a few turns on its chest. In this way its wing will be well held, you must put the bandage on firmly but without pressing too hard to avoid asphyxiating the small animal you want to save.
There are other techniques to bandage a broken wing, but this one is simple to do and does not bother the bird too much. Once it is done, we recommend that you go to the veterinarian to examine the wing to make sure it is not infected and to have it professionally bandaged.
Care during convalescence
Once its wing is bandaged and healing, you will have to be very careful when the bird drinks water, as the bandage restrictions can cause it to lose its balance when bending over and drown in its bowl.
It will take about 4 weeks for the wing to heal. We recommend changing the bandages every week, or before if you find it dirty, follow the instructions given by the veterinarian who examined it. With each bandage change you will be able to observe the progress of the healing process and you will see if the bird is gradually recovering the use of its wings. If, on the contrary, you have the feeling that his condition is getting worse, you will have to go to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
A good diet, rich in vitamins and minerals will help the birds recover more quickly. It is advisable to know which species it is so that you can offer it the right nutritional supplements, because, for example, the diet of the American Goldfinch is not the same as that of the hummingbird.
An injured bird will be very vulnerable, under no circumstances should you leave it near other pets or in the free-range in the patio or garden of your home.
Give him back his freedom
Once the convalescence is over, it’s time to set the bird free. We recommend that you release it back to the same place where you found it. You will just have to put the cage or box on the floor and let it out on its own. Stay with it while it explores the surroundings until it starts flying again. If he doesn’t come back to the cage, you’ll have completed your mission, healed a bird’s broken wing and with a little personal action you’ll have made the world a little more beautiful.
If you have a pet bird that you leave free in your house to fly and it has injured itself, you can apply the same advice to take care of its wing, you must also go to the veterinarian so that he can examine the animal and check that it does not suffer from internal trauma.
This article is purely informative, we do not have the expertise to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian if it presents symptoms of fever or illness.