So you have a bird in your home. What could possibly go wrong? Lucky for you we thought about this a while back when we built the best first-aid kit ever for birds.
A bird whose feathers have been stuck to an adhesive surface is a panicked and stressed bird.
It’s important that a caregiver to caged bird be ready for such situations.
How could my bird possibly get stuck onto adhesive surface in my home? We’ve come up with a number of scenarios that can put your bird at risk.
- forgotten mouse traps
- fly strips
- loose roll of scotch tape
- self-adhesive envelopes
- adhesive art frame hangers
- hillwilliam repairs with duct tape
- post-it notes
- hillwilliam electrical repairs with electrical tape
- masking tape while packing
- masking tape for art projects
- scrapbooking tape
- adhesive tape (while attending to human first-aid)
- band aid that fell off a child
- used decal sheet
- scotch tape while gift wrapping
- open retail packaging with adhesive closure
- moth traps
Capiche? Making the assumption that a relationship with your bird will last decades, the possibility they may get entangled into some sort of this adhesive device is quite plausible. We can’t predict the outcome of every situation but we can provide solution should your bird feathers be stuck to – anything.
In order for your birds feathers to be released from an adhesive surface your choices are limited.
We talked about how to get feathers unstuck to an adhesive originally when we built the ultimate DIY bird and parrot first-aid kit.
We recommended household cooking oil which is on everyone’s kitchens shelf somewhere – or we have discovered, personal lubricant.
Cooking oil will certainly help release your birds feathers from an adhesive surface.
The obvious downside to cooking oil is that once the feathers get released from the adhesive you end up with an oil-soaked bird.
That means you have a secondary cleanup to do on the bird using Dawn (the recommended detergent of ocean oil spill bird rescuers) further stressing out the animal.
The benefit in using a personal lubricant to separate a birds feathers from an adhesive surface is that personal lubricants are water-soluble.
Thus easing the problem of a ‘secondary heavy clean up”.
A brief rinse under lukewarm water, your bird will be back to normal and ready to make you crazy as always.
Is a safe for birds?
We did some fact checking on the ingredients:Glycerin, Water (Aqua), Carboxymethyl cellulose, Pentylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate.
Carboxymethyl cellulose is basically a thickener much like adding cornstarch to gravy. It’s used in everything from ice cream to toothpaste as well as personal lubricants.
Pentylene Glycol is used as a preservative in cosmetics. Interestingly it’s both water and oil soluble and can have moisture binding and antimicrobial properties.
Potassium Sorbate is found in products that are stored and eaten at room temperature.
It actually kills particles like mold or fungus that can cause foods to spoil and make people sick at bay.
Winemakers use it so wine can develop without yeast that would alter the flavor by eating the sugar content of the berries
You should know by now that we are also pretty thorough and checking the efficacy of a product either ourselves or with another bird owner(s) before we offered it to you.
We’ll get the video loaded in the next couple of days but what we did was grab a couple of feathers from our molting budgies who happens to be molting now and placed them on the sticky surface of a moth trap
We will tell you upfront, it’s not a slamdunk like Brazilian waxing.
You’ll want to let the lubricant soak into the feathers and the glue for a minute or two just to allow whatever chemical reactions happening, to happen before separation of bird from substrate can begin.
Then we slowly peeled the feather away from the glue with a gooey finger separating the feather millimeter by millimeter sliding it (my finger) between the feather and adhesive surface.
Understand upfront that once you’ve discovered your bird is something foreign stuck to it the problem is multidimensional.
Firstly you want to do is stabilize the bird and calm it down. Talk to your bird when you know you’re there for him or her and that everything is going to be all right.
It would certainly be best when working with a live animal to have two people work as a team One to hold the toweled bird and the other one to pull the affected area out of the towel and begin the lubricant application.
Realize that the feathers can get yanked out when the glue is tried to be removed, so try to hold the feather between the body and the glue and pull it off the glue not the other way around.
The problem with emergencies is just that. They’re emergencies.
It’s critical to have the presence of mind to have the tools necessary to make an emergency go away.
To help you wrap your head around this we want you to keep this personal lubricant somewhere close where you’ll always know where it will be.
You may want to consider keeping a bottle of Relaxation and Calming Formula Extract on hand to give to your bird once the problem has been resolved or for future emergencies, traveling or any radical change in your birds environment.
Should you decide to use this product as was intended, our suggestion is to keep it in the nightstand next to your bed so you’ll always know where it is.
This way it will also be conveniently available should you need a personal lubricant for an “alternative use”.
The number one selling water-based gel formula. Wet Original Gel Lubricant Is An Approved Medical Device and it’s Condom Compatible.
For twenty years, Wet’s top selling classic formula has been developed and tested to the highest quality industry standards.
WET Original contains soothing Vitamin E and Aloe Vera. It is water-based, gentle, odorless, colorless, greaseless, and non-staining.
This formula is a favorite for those who prefer a more viscous, gel-like lubricant.
Doctor recommended Wet Original is condom compatible and is approved as a medical device product. It stays wet longer to provide long lasting, silky lubrication.
- Water Based
- Gel Lubricant
- Clean & Non-Staining
- FDA Registered Medical Device
- Latex condom and glove Safe
Note: Non avian directions: Use WET® ORIGINAL® as needed to supplement your natural moisture, enhance intimacy, lubricate latex condoms, and facilitate easy insertion of medical devices.
To relieve personal dryness, apply a small amount of WET® ORIGINAL® to the area of the body you wish to lubricate. Reapply as desired. Harmless if ingested. Easily washes away with warm water.
Ingredients: Glycerin, Water (Aqua), Carboxymethylcellulsoe, Pentylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate
written by mitch rezman
approved by catherine tobsing