To fix a bird's broken leg, wrap the leg in several layers of medical tape, and leave the tape until the fracture sets. You need a pair of scissors, a roll of porous medical tape, a roll of waterproof medical tape and a curved hemostat.Continue Reading
If you are able to do so, pluck the feathers surrounding the broken leg. If you are not able to pluck the feathers, cut them instead.
Place a 2-inch piece of porous medical tape on top of the bruised area so that the tape is perpendicular to the leg. Do not wrap the tape around the leg. Place a second piece of the same size on the other side of the leg. Apply several more layers, and make sure the layers cover above and below the fracture.
Place several strips of waterproof medical tape over the layers of porous medical tape. Make sure the splint is stable.
Use a curved hemostat to shape a mold around the leg. Use the scissors to trim the splint on either side. Keep the splint clean and dry, and check the leg daily for swelling.
The albatross has one of the longest lifespans among birds, with the ability to live up to 60 years. There have been other rare birds that have broken this record in captivity, such as a sulphur-crested cockatoo that lived for 80 years in a zoo.Full Answer >
The largest living bird, as of 2014, is the ostrich. An ostrich reaches a maximum height of about 9 feet and can weigh over 300 pounds. Its eggs are 6 inches wide and weigh up to 3 pounds.Full Answer >
The highest-flying bird is the Ruppell's Griffon vulture, according to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. It can fly at an altitude of nearly 37,000 feet.Full Answer >
The world’s fastest bird in flight is the peregrine falcon. In a hunting dive, peregrine falcons frequently reach a speed of 200 mph. As of 2015, the highest measured speed of a peregrine dive is 242 mph.Full Answer >