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Holding birds

Holding Birds (Courtesy Wout van Gils)

Sometimes it becomes necessary to hold a bird. With tame birds this can be done without using a restraining force when, for instance, the bird has been trained to sit ona stick or finger.In this case a simple examination will not cause any problems.Birds that are not accustomed to being handled will however require more constraint. The most important element is to prevent the bird from biting or being stressed and that means that its head must be well secured. To prevent the bird from biting it is best to hold the head from the back. Holding the head on each side with thumb and index finger just below the eyes will stop the head from turning. A reasonable pressure can be applied without causing any damage because that is where the lower mandible bone is located. Otherwise one must always be aware that a bird is a particularly vulnerable animal. Its bones are hollow and therefore easily broken. Breathing can be impaired if the bird is not held correctly. A bird obtains air by moving its sternum. If this is prevented by holding its rump too tightly the bird may suffocate.

 

 

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The bodies of small birds (canaries, agapornis, grass parrots) can be held in the palm of one hand. This way the bird cannot damage its wings and the neck remains stretched. The other hand can then be used to administer medication. With larger birds (cockatoos, amazons, grey redtail) the head is held with one hand and the wings and feet are held with the other. The bird must not be able to flap its wings or bite and must be held in a relaxed manner (except for the head, which should be held firmly) so as to minimize stress and allow the bird to breathe freely. It is not advisable to catch birds when temperatures are high.

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