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This keeps the E.R. for only the most current emergencies. Thread Description:Monet got stuck on an old mouse glue trap!
Monet is a fragile albino budgie who was constantly bullied by her former casemates; however, for the last two years she's been with buddies who always play nice. She has always had an over-growing beak and a big fat deposit on her belly -- the latter makes her too heavy to fly well but since she and BooBoo have the run of the upstairs, she's generally got her paths worked out -- most of the time.
We're not sure how this sticky trap got where she could crash-land on it or even how long she was stuck there -- my gf thought the flapping she heard was from the wild birds feeding on the windowsill. She realized what was really up when Krikkit the conure landed on the floor and appeared to be attacking the poor stuck 'keet (now we think Krik might have even been trying to play "Lassie" and help her get our attention...)
Anyhow, I had to use pan spray (soybean oil-based) to get her loose from the glue and then a water spritz to try and get the pan spray off. She had one wing that wasn't stuck, so she had been flailing around with it. She's totally white, too, and being wet and disheveled she looks like a bloody mess. I don't THINK she bled at all, but again it's hard to tell...
I put her into the "cabin" (small upper cage where we confine birds with possible injury/illness) where she was wobbly for a bit, but quickly got better and climbed up as high in the cabin as she could go. The heat lamp isn't working but I turned off the A/C, and since my paranoid gf isn't screaming I assume Monet is doing very well as I type this. [Gonna run up and take a quick look at her now...]
[Okay, she's gone down thru the "secret exit" and is perched wide-eyed and motionless near the top of the larger cage. I went ahead and opened up the doors since she's clearly not intending to take off and go flapping around.] The trap glue is not poisoned, and I don't see 'soy oil' on the budgie danger list -- plus, Monet didn't go into a grooming frenzy like I expected her to do. I figure she is exhausted and upset, but I really can't think of anything to do that will actively help the situation at this point. Despite her physical fragility, she's proven before that she's really quite a tough character.
I'm so sorry to hear about Monet's traumatic experience today. Poor little girl is probably totally terrified at this point in time.
She needs to be kept quiet and allowed to calm down and de-stress from this incident. Are you certain the glue in the trap doesn't contain any ingredients that may have an effect on her?
I would suggest you take her in to see your Avian Vet for a check-up to ensure she wasn't hurt in some way you aren't aware of.
Please ensure any area where your birds are allowed out of the cage are completely bird-safe. It's best to always be present during their out-of-cage time so if there is an emergency someone is present to give them immediate assistance.
I'm wishing Monet all the best for a full and speedy recovery.
Please be sure to keep us updated on her condition.
Oh my, Poor Monet. Make sure she is kept warm a hot water bottle, would be good if the heat lamp isn't working.
When she settles you can gently try washing her in some dawn dish washing liquid if there is any residue on her. If you have any probiotics give her some in her food this will help settle her gut if she has watery poop from the stress.
An avian vet phone call and asking if she needs to be seen would also be good. I hope she settles soon. If it were me I would be getting rid of the glue mouse traps with birds that are walking around. Please let us know how she goes.
Hopefully little Monet has fully recovered from her encounter with the glue trap, purely as a warning to other readers of this thread I have copied some information from The Humane Society of the United States: -
What are glue boards?
Glue boards, also known as glue traps, are trays coated with an extremely sticky adhesive. Any animal that touches one is immediately caught and immobilizedóbodily stuck to the board. Glue boards are a cheap and popular way to get rid of rodents, insects, and sometimes snakes.
What should I do if I find an animal stuck in a glue board?
Itís very difficult for untrained individuals to release an animal from a glue board without running the risk of inflicting further injuries, or possibly being injured themselves. Even if an animal appears unharmed, she could be injured in ways that arenít immediately visible, or she could need treatment for dehydration or extreme exhaustion.
In all cases, please treat an animal caught on a glue board as an emergency and consult a trained professional. The animal should be safely contained and immediately transported to a local wildlife rehabilitator or veterinarian.
Animals found and released from glue boards might not survive because of the intense stress, injuries, or effects of the glue.
Are there any regulations governing the use of glue boards?
In the United States, there are no regulations for the use of glue boards. There also is very little consumer education about these products, and manufacturers and retailers provide virtually no information to alert purchasers as to the concerns that exist with the use of these devices.
In Australia, the state of Victoria has banned the use of glue boards.
As of January 1, 2015, New Zealand banned the sale and use of glue traps
Hopefully this information will serve as a warning to those that use the glue traps in their home, hopefully Monet has been very lucky in having you as a responsible owner.
I suggest making this post in an individual thread in order for all members to see it more easier, in case of an emergency. Excellent post and useful information, Pete!
Thanx for response. Been switching computers and couldn't get back sooner. Monet was much better by morning and is back to normal behavior but still looks awful (will post photo when I can get it transferred from phone to iMac). She may have a slightly strained/sprained wing, but it's difficult to say for sure since she always has some level of flight trouble. She hasn't been overextendng herself in any case. Continuing to watch her closely.
Sticky post sticky traps was a good idea - glad y'all decided to stick with it!