Admission and treatment

Admission and treatment

A bird here in the intake is weighed and examined every morning. Stool, appetite and activity are monitored. If the bird falls or does not eat, tube feeding is given. Seriously sick birds are placed in an incubator cage. Stuffy birds can get oxygen immediately. All possibilities that are difficult or impossible to realize at home.

 

 

Feeding

A sick bird is a vulnerable patient! If the bird still eats badly, he will quickly deteriorate. Even if they still eat something, this is often too little.

 

Here in the intake the birds are weighed every morning and the condition is determined. If necessary, the bird is fed a number of times a day. This is done with a special porridge with many nutrients. The diet is given directly in the crop with a tube or crop probe. In this way, a bird with bad appetite will still get enough energy, which he so badly needs.

 

Giving medication

For many diseases it is necessary that the bird gets medication every day. This can be given in the mouth or with injections. We can only do injections here. Medication in the mouth can also be done by you as an owner, if the bird allows this.

 

If the medication can only forcibly be admitted to your bird than the bird could start to disallow you access or maybe even hate you. It is then better to keep the bird here. Your relationship with the bird will then be the least disturbed.

 

Warmth

In the bird hospital we have patient accommodation with extra heating.

This is very important for small birds and for very sick or skinny birds. Many birds have a high body temperature of around 40 degrees. In case of illness it will be extra difficult for them to keep the body temperature in order! It is then important that they are warm so that the bird can use all available energy to recover.

Birds with a laying need must also be warm. Often the egg is still spontaneous.

 

Feather pickers

In birds that pull out their own feathers, and for which no cause is found, it is possible to burn the edges of the beak so that they can no longer grab the feathers. This is a perfectly painless procedure similar to cutting your nails.

 

If this has happened, they must always remain in the intake for a number of days. It may feel uncomfortable in the first few days and the birds may therefore have difficulty eating. If this is the case, we will feed the first days extra with porridge. It is important that the bird does not go home too early, then it may be that he will pick again as soon as the beak has grown. Sometimes it is necessary to repeat the burn several times before the behavior stops.

 

Often we also investigate with a 'picker' with endoscopy whether the bird has a fungal infection. If necessary, it will then be handled simultaneously.

  

If your bird is admitted to the bird hospital, it is of course possible to visit him. Ask at the desk when it suits you best. 

 

Basically we put the birds in our own cages. It is important that we can work easily and efficiently. Our cages are sometimes smaller than what the bird is accustomed to at home, but it is important that we can quickly grab a bird, that the stick is removable, and that the feed and water containers are removable. The materials are disinfected with special means. In a large cage, there is a lot of stress every day with multiple catches (sometimes several times). If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to consult us!

 

When bringing the bird, or when visiting, you may want to bring a nice bite. You know the bird the best and a bad eating bird is of course benefited by some extra love and for example a tasty grape. Such things are useful for us to note on the patient card, so that we know how the character of the bird is and what he likes to eat.

 

For information about how your bird is doing, you can call the telephone consultation hour on working days between 12:00 and 13:00 and ask for doctor Oranje. We try to help you as well as possible. However, it sometimes happens that it is so busy at this peak hour that we ask if you can be called back or want to call yourself at a different time. We ask for your understanding.

 

If there are important changes, we will of course also contact you!