First of all, I scrubbed the aviary floors which was made 10 times easier with the heavy rain. I then cleaned the water buckets and gave the birds fresh water.
I spent my remaining time inside the hospital, checking the birds to see their progress.
Over the time I have volunteered, my confidence in handling the flightier patients has massively increased. The documentation is clipped onto each cage, so when moving the birds around to disinfect the cages, it is important to remain organised. The admission sheets are a log of the administered medication, which acts as a vital means of communication between the team of volunteers to prevent patients being double dosed. After I had moved the bird, disinfected and placed fresh newspaper, provided clean water and food, I administered any medication on their sheet.
A wood pigeon had an open wound on his wing, so I held him under my arm to open his beak and give 2 drops of metacam as instructed on his paperwork. I then signed this off.
On close inspection, another wood pigeon’s wing appeared to be infected and very sore. Looking on the patient admission sheet, I could see that 10 days had passed with daily antibiotics. It was unlikely that this bird would be able to recover to a functioning stage, so the decision was made to take him to the vets to be put to sleep.