Emergency Bird Care: Burns and Scalds

August 27, 2008 by  
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It’s not every day that one hears about birds getting burn injuries and we may be at a loss to imagine how it might happen. The fact is that when things such as this happen, they usually happen pretty fast and immediate action is necessary to prevent serious injuries or death. With that in mind, it is definitely worthwhile learning a bit about the treatment of burns on birds.

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Avian Haven Saves Lives

July 17, 2008 by  
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Avian Haven, situated in Freedom, Maine, is a wild bird rehabilitation center has cared for more than twenty thousand birds during the twenty years since it was founded by Diane Winn and Marc Payne. These compassionate bird-lovers care for injured or orphaned birds of all species, which are generally brought to them by members of the public, veterinarians, Maine wildlife biologists, game wardens and animal control officers, as well as other rehabilitation centers.

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Ode to Robert Stroud – Birds

April 17, 2006 by  
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Burt Lancaster would be proud. More than 40 years after the film “The Birdman of Alcatraz” hit movie theaters, the name of Robert Stroud — while not necessarily a household word — is still recognized in many avian circles for his groundbreaking (at the time) study and research on birds and diseases. His two volumes “Diseases of canaries” and “Stroud’s Digest of the Diseases of Birds” are still in print and although much of the information is outdated, the books are still worth looking in to.

That Stroud conducted so much research and study within the confines of Leavenworth Prison (not Alcatraz as is popularly thought) is in itself quite a feat. But Stroud also dedicated much of his time to developing cures for the very diseases he identified. In particular “Stroud’s Avian Antiseptic” and “Stroud’s Effervescent Salts” were brisk sellers for canary indigestion. And another line referred to as “Stroud’s Specific” were produced for — you guess it — specific bird illnesses.

Long before “branding” became a popular term, Robert Stroud was well on his way to establishing himself as one of the most knowledgeable individuals in the field if avian medicine.