Emergency Supply Kit - Birds

Courtesy of Red Rover: Bring Animals from Crisis 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 & Water

  • A 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 & Transportation

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


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

Health & Safety

  • 4 by 4 gauze pads
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Apple cider vinegar/Bleach for cleaning
  • Battery-powered fan
  • Blunt nose scissors
  • Contact numbers for your vet, and a vet out of the disaster area
  • Cornflower to stop bleeding on wings or soft tissue
  • Cotton swabs
  • Disposable gloves
  • Feeding syringes incase hand feeding is needed
  • First aid book for birds
  • First Aid Kit:
  • Gauze rolls
  • Hemostat for pulling broken blood feathers
  • Hot and cool instant packs
  • Instant cold/hot pack
  • Large towel
  • Medications
  • Paper towels
  • Pedialyte - clear
  • Popsicle sticks for splints
  • Q-tips
  • Scissors
  • Spray bottle
  • Styptic powder
  • Trash bags
  • Triple antibiotic cream
  • Tweezers
  • Two rolls of vet wrap