Try a little TLC
Some guidelines from veterinarian Dr. Deepani Jayamaha
- An exhausted or injured bird could be fully conscious, sub conscious or unconscious. Such a bird should be protected from dogs, cats, rats and crows, shikras etc.
- The ideal environment should be a dark, quiet and warm place.
- Practise gentle and minimum handling- never force feed a subconscious or unconscious bird!!
- If conscious, and still too weak to fly on its own; try small amounts of low concentrated glucose saline with Vitamin C.
- If the bird is able to fly, release it as soon as possible in a proper environment.
- A perch protected from predators would be useful.
- Attend to traumatic injuries (broken bones) as necessary - if extensive care is needed, consult a veterinarian
- If it is necessary to keep the bird for a few days for medical care, provide a proper cage(avoid injurious materials!!) with the appropriate substrate (depending on the species; ground, aquatic, perch etc.).
- Follow veterinary instructions clearly.
- Provide clean food and water.