Emergency Supply Kit – Birds

Emergency Supply Kit – Birds

Courtesy of Red Rover: Bring Animals from Crsis to Care

The following items are recommended for inclusion in an emergency supply kit specifically for birds. Prepare one kit for each bird in your household.

Food and Water:

  • One-month supply of pellets/seed mix
  • Two-week supply of water Eight small jars of baby food/fruit in natural juice cups
  • Supplements

Although normally a two-week supply of food is recommended, bird food is not a priority item for stores to restock after a disaster, so it is advisable to have a one-month supply on hand. Baby food is an excellent source of fruits and vegetables for birds when fresh produce is not available. However, read the label to ensure that there is not too much vitamin and mineral supplementation.

Housing and Transportation:

  • Hard-sided pet carrier with low perch inside and contact details written in permanent ink
  • Small cage with perches for safe housing
  • Favorite toys
  • Crocks for food and water
  • Newspaper for lining cage


  • Microchip
  • Leg band
  • Copy of veterinary records
  • Pictures of your bird with close ups of any distinguishing marks or features
  • Pictures of you with your bird

Health and Safety:

  • Large towel
  • Spray bottle
  • Hot and cool instant packs
  • Battery- powered fan
  • Medications
  • Contact numbers for your vet, and a vet out of disaster area
  • Trash bags
  • Apple cider vinegar/Bleach for cleaning
  • Paper towels

First Aid Kit:

  • First aid book for birds
  • 4 X 4 gauze pads
  • Gauze rolls
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Triple antibiotic cream
  • Q-tips
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Instant cold/hot pack
  • Disposable gloves
  • Two rolls of vet wrap
  • Popsicle sticks for splints
  • Pedialyte – clear
  • Blunt nose scissors
  • Styptic powder
  • Cornflower to stop bleeding on wings or soft tissue
  • Hemostat for pulling broken blood feathers
  • Cotton swabs
  • Feeding syringes incase hand feeding is needed