Supplemental Heat for the Avian Patient

Key Points

  • Maintain incubators at approximately 80-90°F (26-32°C).
  • Warm fluids before administering them to avian patients.
  • Apply sterile saline to avian patients instead of alcohol whenever possible.

Small birds face an enormous task in maintaining their body temperature, especially in a cold environment, but fortunately plumage provides an effective barrier to heat loss. Down feathers trap air and allow little convective movement of heat to occur. Fluffing feathers increases insulation and . . .

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