When handling, transporting and housing birds, be aware that damaged feathers can cause additional problems. If flight feathers are broken, they will not be replaced till the bird moults, which may be in several months’ time. Never keep a bird in a budgie cage without covering three sides with a towel or similar. Aviaries should be similarly screened.
All birds capable of doing so should be allowed to perch. Ensure perches are high enough to keep tail feathers off the bottom of the cage. A variety of differently sized perches is best, and they should be wide enough to prevent hind claws from puncturing the ball of the foot. Birds will use the highest perch they can reach for roosting. Make sure food and water dishes are not under perches, and that lower perches are not directly under higher ones.
If your rescued bird is showing signs of injury, please contact Hessilhead immediately for support. We have volunteers and wildlife ambulences if you are unable to bring the bird to us.