10222018 Red-tailed Hawk - 1

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Location of Rescue: 
Garrett, IN
Admission Date: 
10/22/2018
Cause of Admission: 
Broken humerus
UPDATE: 08/14/19 – This beautiful bird did not improve in creance training, so we are trying to find him a new home where he can be an ambassador bird.

Via volunteer Bob:

 

On October 22, at 7:30 p.m. I received a call that an injured bird of prey had been found not far from me. I contacted Tim Custer of Garrett, who said that his son had been jogging on CR66 and had seen a distressed bird in the roadside ditch. Tim, a heavy equipment operator, works for our friends at Fox Construction. Within 10 minutes I was at Tim's house and with flashlight in hand, I was prepared to capture the bird. To my pleasant surprise, Tim had already placed the bird in a box. He said the bird had a broken left wing. I opened the box to find a first year red-tailed hawk. A quick exam showed an emaciated bird with a badly broken humerus. I contacted Dr. Pat and found that she was still at Pine Valley Vet Clinic. It had been a long Monday for her, but she said she would wait for me.

 


I arrived around 8 p.m. (thankfully, no traffic or cops on Coldwater) and we took the bird to x-ray. After a continuous battle with flat flies, we managed to get some good pictures of the damage. It was a clean break but it appeared that the end of the bone had started to calcify. However, it appears very repairable. So Dr. Pat, after giving a heavy dose of parasite powder on the bird and me, wrapped the bird's wing. The bird was then taken to ICU. He was treated with an antibiotic, pain medication, and tube fed a liquid diet. He is currently waiting for surgery to fix his broken humerus.

 

Initial exam by our avian. veterinarian: This young bird was very thin but alert. His left humerus was broken in the middle. Radiographs revealed that it has already begun to heal, but is very poorly aligned. Surgery will be attempted. His prognosis is guarded.

 

11/10/18
This bird is still in our intermediate care facility . We are still keeping him under observation and giving him medication for pain and an antibiotic to prevent the possibility of infection in his humerus.

12/11/18
This bird has been moved to our rehabilitation facility.  The surgery is considered to be successful.  We will give him time to adjust to his new surroundings.  We will then start creancing this bird, which means that we allow the bird to fly while tethered.  It gives us the chance to evaluate his flying and hopefully will lead to his eventually being released.

01/03/19
This bird has had to be moved back to our treatment facility.  He was discovered to have another broken leg.  This time it was his other leg.  He will be taken in for x-rays and probably surgery depending on where the break is.

1/11/19 
This hawk had its leg pinned and is receiving treatment for pain as well as an antibiotic to keep the leg from becoming infected.

01/18/19
This hawk is still receiving pain medication at our treatment facility. He is alert and standing and eating well.

01/24/19 

This hawk is still continuing treatment. He is progressing in his recovery.

02/01/19 . This hawk is still in our treatment center. He won't be moved until we are sure all signs of infection are gone and he is still eating well

02/08/19 This hawk is still under observation in our treatment facility.

03/01/19
This hawk has been moved to our rehabilitation facility, where he will have more room to stretch his wings to gain strength before he begins creance training.  In creance training, a bird is tethered to one of our trainers and given progressively more line as he gets stronger and can fly farther.  Tethering keeps birds safe and allows them to gain flight strength, while assuring that they can be retrieved as they train.

04/10/19
This beautiful bird continues to gain strength before he begins creance training.  In creance flying, a bird is tethered to one of our trainers and given progressively more line as he gets strong and can fly farther.  Tethering keeps birds safe, and allows them to gain flight strength while assuring that they can be retrieved as they train.

04/25/2019 
This beautiful bird has been very successful in creance training!  He is a strong flyer!  In creance flying, a bird is tethered to one of our trainers, and given progressively more line as he gets stronger and can fly farther. Tethering keeps birds safe, and allows them to gain flight strength, while assuring that they can be retrieved as they train.  He has not been eating as well as we would like, so we’ll keep him a bit longer until he’s eating consistently.

05/10/2019
This beautiful bird has not been eating as well as we would like, and that seems to have affected his creance training.  So, we'll keep him a bit longer until he's eating consistently and has regained flight strength.

05/28/2019
This beautiful bird has been eating a little better and is still in creance training.  (In creance flying, a bird is tethered to one of our trainers and given progressively more line as he gets stronger and can fly farther.  Tethering keeps birds safe and allows them to gain flight strength while assuring that they can be retrieved as they train.)  He is still regaining flight strength.

07/01/2019 - This beautiful bird is still in creance training.  (In creance flying, a bird is tethered to one of our trainers, and given progressively more line as he gets stronger and can fly farther. Tethering keeps birds safe, and allows them to gain flight strength, while assuring that they can be retrieved as they train.)  He is still regaining flight strength

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