Containment Strategies:  Birds*


Take an old t-shirt or light fabric and slowly approach the bird.  Place the piece of cloth over the bird’s head.  Once the bird’s head is covered, he will calm down and stop moving.  Next, usher the bird into an appropriately sized box, and push the cloth aside so that his head is no longer covered.  Cover the box with the appropriate lid (making sure there are air holes) or a towel, and keep the box in a quiet, dark location while making transport arrangements with a rehabilitator.


 

* Hawks and owls are capable of inflicting a very nasty wound with their sharp talons or in some cases, their beak.  Do not try to handle one of these birds unless you are wearing heavy gloves and have help from someone with expertise. 

Experienced rescuers:  wearing heavy gloves, take a heavy blanket and approach the bird.  Hold the blanket out so that when the bird reaches out with his talons, he will be able to grab a portion of the blanket.  Once the bird’s talons are gripping the blanket, cover the bird with the remaining portion of the blanket.  Be sure to take all precautions so you don’t come in direct contact with the bird’s beak or talons.  Next place the bird in an appropriately sized box, cover the box with a towel or lid with air holes, and keep the box in a quiet, dark location while making transport arrangements with a rehabilitator.