Black-tailed Native-Hen with broken wing in Sheringa SA

To: "Di Giglio, Vanessa" <>
Subject: Black-tailed Native-Hen with broken wing in Sheringa SA
From: Falk Wicker <>
Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 12:39:32 +1100
Hi all,

I agree with what others have said but especially that the bird will have
to be seen by a (hopefully experienced) vet. Adelaide Zoo would be great
but from my understanding that's a "few" kms away from Sheringa, so unless
Lena has relatives in Adelaide who she hasn't seen in a while it would be a
big thing to ask for.
I'm sure someone in Adelaide Zoo's Vet Dept would be able to give some sort
of advice though.

A vet close by should be able to do the right assessment including
prescribing medication and the like. Many vets also have contact details of
more trusted wildlife carers unless you're planning to rehab the bird

Without being a native-hen expert, I would keep the bird on a diet
consisting of finely chopped endives, lettuce, spinach and other readily
available greens. Even better if you can find some wild herbs/greens. Offer
it in a dish with water, especially if the bird is not drinking. There
should be more than one water dish around, and normally a shallow pool can
be offered for bathing (not in your case though, as you've attached a
bandage). If you can keep the bird in a quiet spot (maybe backyard?) where
it has some places to hide, and away from pets that would be great. If the
bird is eating the snails you're offering that's great - keep doing that
and maybe offer some fresh corn kernels and seeding grass if you have some
growing around the corner.
For transporting the bird to the vet use a cardboard box (if you don't have
a pet pack) that is not too big. Put a towel inside (or newspapers, but
towel is better for it to hold onto). Put some holes in the box for
ventilation (keep them small enough so that the bird is not sticking it's
head through the holes) and keep it dark, cool (not freezing, obviously)
and quiet. The vibrations from the car will help it to settle down.
Depending on how long you will be travelling, you probably don't have to
feed the bird during the trip. It wouldn't eat anyway, I guess.

I hope all goes well with the bird, and I would like to thank you for
caring so much for Australian wildlife, and not turning a blind eye on it
when it needs help. Well done so far and good on you!

Cheers from a zoo keeper who has to deal with a lot of injured/orphaned
wildlife cases,


On Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 10:12 AM, Di Giglio, Vanessa <
> wrote:

> Hi Lena,
> My suggestion would be to contact the Adelaide Zoo vets for advice. I
> think it will definitely need to get transported to a vet for assessment
> and treatment of that fractured wing as bandaging may not be enough. The
> bird might need surgery and will definitely need medication. The keepers at
> Adelaide might be also able to suggest a good diet for a wild Native-hen.
> I have forwarded your query to the Adelaide Zoo vets, but the zoo number
> is 08 8267 3255 if you want to give them a call.
> Cheers,
> Vanessa
> Vanessa Di Giglio
> Administrative Assistant
> Taronga Wildlife Hospital
> Taronga Conservation Society Australia
> Taronga Zoo
> Bradleys Head Road
> Mosman, NSW 2088
> Phone: 61-2 9978 4785
> Fax: 61-2 9978 4516
> Email:  <>
> Web:<>
> [cid:
> From: Nikolas Haass 
> Sent: Thursday, 7 November 2013 9:38 AM
> To: ; Hall, Libby; Di Giglio, Vanessa;
> birding-aus
> Subject: Black-tailed Native-Hen with broken wing in Sheringa SA
> Hi Birding-Aus,
> Is there someone out there who has some experience with Black-tailed
> Native-Hens in captivity and can give some advice to Lena? See below.
> Cheers,
> Nikolas
> ----------------
> Nikolas Haass
> <>
> Brisbane, QLD
> ----- Forwarded Message -----
> From: lena ulbrich <<mailto:
> >>
> To: Nikolas Haass <<>>
> Sent: Thursday, November 7, 2013 8:28 AM
> Subject: Re: black taled native hen at sheringa
> Hey Nikolas,
> thx, yes we're in Elliston in SA now. There's no vet here we have to take
> him to Port Lincoln I guess but that needs to wait a while because I'm
> working. I bandaged the broken wing onto him so at least thats not hanging
> on the ground anymore. We  gave him some snails and oats and water. Is that
> ok?
> On 6 November 2013 21:57, Nikolas Haass <<mailto:
> >> wrote:
> Hi Lena,
> Is this Sheringa, SA? Is there a chance to take your Black-tailed
> Native-Hen to a local vet - ideally to one who specialises in birds?
> Good luck!
> Nikolas (Eremaea/Birdline NSW moderator)
> --
> Lena Ulbrich
> 8 Wandana Road
> Elliston
> 5670 SA
> 0061(0)498091681
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