When you REALLY have to poop but your bird just came over to visit and is sitting on your leg all happy and you can’t possibly disturb him
Restraining a bird must be done in a very specific way using something called a bander’s grip. You place your index and middle finger on either side of the bird’s neck, beneath the jaw/ skull and curl your remaining fingers up away from the bird’s central body.
Because birds do not have a diaphragm their ribs raise and lower when they breathe, if you were to place pressure on the rib area during the restraint you could suffocate your bird.
(my fingers should be a bit higher as to not put pressure on the ribs)[NOTE: There was no applied pressure, my fingers are just hovering above her chest]
If you were to do the hold incorrectly you not only risk getting bitten but you also risk killing your bird. Remember they are fragile, there should not be too much pressure being placed on the neck and all other fingers should be gently resting on the side of the bird.
If you were to restrain a bird to remove a broken blood feather the preferred way to do it is with a partner as to provide maximum support to the wing. However, if you end up alone and the feather breaks this would be an okay method to support the wing.
To get to this position you first restrain the bird using the bander’s grip shown at the top of this post. Once restrained use your other hand to gently pull out one wing then use your index finger and thumb to support the wing near joint. Do not use a lot of pressure you could break the wing. Just make sure you have a solid grip on the wing, holding on the feathers right beneath the joint, this ensures the wing will stay open if done correctly. Do not hold directly on the joint.
Remember: Be firm yet gentle, do not hold directly on joints, keep all fingers away from the bird’s stomach and ribs, fingers must be tucked under the skull and pressed nicely against the neck.
when you gently scritch away the last waxy coat of your bird’s pinnies and they look at you like aaah yes human, I see your purpose now
Choosing the right perches for your bird is highly important, birds stand on their feet all day so standing on the same old dowel perch just isn’t going to cut it. The key is variety!
A parrot’s feet in the wild are constantly gripping different surfaces, sizes, shapes, textures, angles, widths, and woods, when you offer them nothing but one shape you encourage serious health issues!
Caring for your bird’s feet properly is so much cheaper than buying crummy dowel perches anyways. There’s all sorts of bird safe natural wood perches that you can make out of trees in your own backyard, the only thing you pay for are screws, wing-nuts, and washers. All you need to do is wash, disinfect and bake the wood, at that point you not only have an awesome varied perch but it’s also one awesome (and cheap) toy!
If you were standing on your feet all day wearing improper shoes, walking on nothing but cement I guarantee you your feet get really sore and pretty darn tired at the end of the day, now picture doing that for the rest of your life. The exact same thing will happen to your bird when the only perches available are dowels!
Without dynamic perches to allow differing pressure points on their feet birds can develop:
- injuries from falls
- infected claws
Imagine trying to live with arthritis in your ankles when you stand on your feet your whole life, pretty painful isn’t it?
Natural wood perches not only help to prevent all of those health issues they also keep your bird stimulated, helps keep nails short, and they aid in keeping a bird’s beak at an ideal length!
Keeping your bird’s feet healthy is cheap, simple and fun! There’s no reason not to do it, even if you’re lazy. Pet stores carry pre-made natural wood perches, soft rope perches, pedi-perches, and orthopaedic perches to keep your bird healthy!
Natural wood perches are cheap to make, fun, fit well in any cage, make great toys, and will keep your bird healthy in the long run. Do the right thing and say no to uniform dowel perches.
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