This month, Kathleen has chosen the theme of Evening in Paris. Although we aren't sure what that means, I'm sure she's got something fun planned.
And our guest speaker is Carol Gardner, a lover of small birds including finches and Linnies (Lineolated Parakeets) in particular. She has been a vendor at recent Bird Fairs, so you may already know her. This is an opportunity for our members who have the smaller parrots, canaries and finches to actively participate. Bring your questions, but not your birds to this April General Meeting.
Pet Emergency Kit
Since you never know when an accident will happen, keeping a pet emergency kit at your home is a good idea. You can put a first aid kit together yourself and buy the items separately, or buy one ready-made. If you make one yourself, use a small plastic tub with a tight fitting lid to store the following items:
Important Phone Numbers
• Veterinary clinic phone number and directions to the clinic
• Emergency clinic phone number and directions
• Poison control center phone numbers
Equipment and Supplies
• Magnifying glass
• Nail clippers and metal nail file
• Cornstarch (to help control bleeding from a nail)
• Scalpel blades and handles
• Turkey baster
• Eye dropper
• Syringes of various sizes
• Feeding tubes of various sizes (if you are trained in how to use them)
• Lubricant such as mineral oil or KY Jelly (without spermicide)
• Cotton swabs
• Clean cloths and/or paper toweling
• Disposable gloves
• Gram scale
• Needle-nose pliers or hemostats
• Wire cutters
• Towels for restraint and/or to cover cage
• Pet carrier
• Heating pad or heat lamp to use at home
• Home thermometer to measure temperature of bird's environment
• Heat pack or hot water bottle (to keep the bird warm during transport; wrap the pack in a towel - do not apply directly to your bird, or burns may result)
• Square gauze of various sizes - some sterile
• Non-stick pads
• First aid tape - both paper (easily comes off of skin and feathers, or use masking tape) and adhesive types
• Bandage rolls - gauze and Vetwrap
• Wooden sticks of various sizes for splints - tongue depressors, Popsicle sticks, toothpicks
• Gel foam - stops bleeding from wounds (ask your avian veterinarian)
• Band-Aids (for humans)
• Rehydrating solution such as Gatorade or Pedialyte
• Wound disinfectant such as Betadine or Nolvasan
• Triple antibiotic ointment for skin
• Antibiotic ophthalmic ointment for eyes, e.g., Terramycin
• Eye wash solution
• Sterile saline
*Watch the expiration dates on any medication, and replace as needed.
The last General Meeting of OAS before the Bird Fair on March 1st is this Sunday, 2/23. In addition to discussions of how our members can best help make it another successful fair, we will have a chance to make some toys for our birds. So bring some supplies, something to snack on and yourself and enjoy a chance to work with your fellow bird lovers.
InYourFlock.com has a blog about the various laws that affect birds kept domestically. Here is a link to that recent article. https://www.inyourflock.com/protect-the-flock/
The January 26, 2014 meeting will soon be here.
The theme of the meeting is Dinner and a Movie. We ask you to bring snack food to nibble on while we watch a DVD from our club library, GET YOUR BIRD BACK! WHAT TO DO WHEN A PARROT IS LOST. This could be a bit of information you want to know if your bird escapes should you open a window or door as the weather becomes more pleasant.
Also please plan to renew your membership dues. Our club fees are very reasonable, and help cover the expenses of this website, printing and mailing costs, and preparations and behind the scene expenses of the bird fairs.
And speaking of the bird fairs, the next one is Saturday, March 1. Since they are completely covered by the volunteer efforts of the membership, we ask that you consider where you'd like to use your talents. We'll need help on both Friday (set-up day) and from early (7:00 a.m.) through the end of the day (6:00 or later) on Saturday, the day of the fair, so there are many opportunities for you to share your time. The more hands on deck, the easier it is on everybody, so please step up and sign up.
Finally, we are still unable to bring birds to the library for our meetings. Contact is being made and hopes for our group to be allowed to again do what we've done for the last few years are high. If you have any connections with either the Library Commission members or their legal representatives, please give information to Karen O'Brien.