Something like a first aid box for budgies is usually thought of only when it is already too late.
So I have tried to put together a small first aid kit for budgies so that you have the most important things at hand in case of emergency.
Even with budgies, the most important thing is to stop the bleeding first, especially considering that they only have about 4ml of blood.
These are cotton swabs filled with an iron III chloride solution to stop bleeding. After bending the marked spot, this is released and soaks the cotton swab with the solution.
Unfortunately, the haemostatic swabs are sometimes difficult to obtain. Therefore, here are some alternatives.
- Iron III chloride solution from the pharmacy (bottle with pipette)
- Hemostatic gelatin sponges
- Hemostatic powder
- Braunol – alcohol-free antiseptic
- Isotonic saline solution 0.9%
- Cotton swab from wood
- ES compresses sterile 5x5cm
- Self adhesive bandage 2,5cm
Alcohol free antiseptic
- Wound disinfection
Isotonic saline solution
- Irrigation of wounds and eye injuries
- Dabbing on solutions
- Hygienic application of ointments
- To bite on during treatment (instead of fingers!)
- Rails from fractures
- Wound cleaning
- Covering wounds
- Large-scale dabbing of solutions
- Wound dressing
➔ Blood loss in a bird – what to do?
- Tweezers sterile transparent
- Scissors with blunt tip
- Syringe set (1ml, 2ml, 5ml)
- Cotton gloves
- Cotton cloth (50x50cm)
- Metal first aid box
- Removal of foreign bodies
Blunt tip scissors
- Cutting dressing material or compresses
- Cutting of dressing material during dressing change
- Cutting fibres that have wrapped around limbs
- Shortening broken springs
- For administering medication
- For the administration of nutrient solutions
Cotton cloth (thin)
- To trap the bird inside the cage.
- To hold the bird, because without gloves it would associate negative experiences with the hand in the future.
First aid box
- Storing the First Aid Kit
Additional sources of information:
- Notfallapotheke für Papageien, Sittiche und andere Vögel (DieVogelschule.com)
- D. Dühr: “Notfallhilfe für Papageien und Sittiche” (Arndt-Verlag)