Our Work and Our Goals

The proper function of the station is ensured by its solitarity and its difficult accessability. At the same time due to its quite large distance - 25 km - to Hortobágy, of which 5 km is an impassable dirt road throughout the year, it represents serious problems, money, time and fatigue for the veterinarian.

The birds treated require immediate veterinarian care, an operation room and a laboratory infrastructure, as well as professional follow-up care with uninterrupted veterinarian supervision. The latter one requires veterinarian presence several times a day, which relative to the plant's distance and to the road conditions, is impossible during most of the year due to its inaccessability.

That is why the examinations, the operations and the post-op care of the birds taken care of here need to be performed in an easily accessible location, under veterinary hospital conditions.

The treatment of wild birds and of wild mammals and their handling requires proper experience. The recovery period of the animal is greatly influenced by the stress condition related to the care and to the accomodation. An animal not used to humans can lead to an irritation condition leading to death even if it is touched.

As a large part of the birds found had been damaged in an accident, their x-raying is definitely required, which is usually followed by an operation. Their transport to either x-raying or an operation significantly reduces their chance for survival. Unfortunately the large eagles (meadow eagle, imperial eagle) are more sensitive to this, and many birds have deceased due to this. For the least stressed-out care and the professional work of the animals a proper operating room, an x-ray room and the development and the equipping of a laboratory are required.

The proper accommodation of the birds treated is of the same importance, in a warm and air-conditioned aviary, with special attention to birds in a seriously damaged and shocked condition. These require several, many times night shift veterinarian control and care, as well as continuous supervision.

We have established a bird hospital with the suitable equipment at an accessible location to resolve the problems above, where the ailing birds are under constant medical care and receive full-scale service.

The examination, operating, laboratory and x-ray premises vital for the operation of the veterinary hospital are currently at a temporary location, where these have already been developed at a veterinary clinic, also serving other purposes, where the treatment of the birds continuously entering is currently under way.

In addition to the primary task of the Bird Hospital Foundation undertaken in its main objectives, the realisation of the bird hospital's operation, the purchasing of the following fixed assets is required in addition to the interior premises of the bird hospital.

  • Jeep: for field transport and search for the ailing, even on difficult terrain, the saving of birds, the transport of the ailing to a hospital and the procurement of food
  • A mobile PBG heating equipment for the winter period of cigogneau
  • Freezer: 1 pc for the storage of food, 1 pc for carrion storage
  • Industrial video camera surveillance system: the supervision of the ailing in the quarantine and the volieres, without any disturbance
  • Computer with Internet access: for data storage, collection of knowledge, maintenance of relationships
  • Digital camera: for macro and micro pictures, for the documentation of cases
  • Digital video recorder: the documentation of cases for showcasing the clinical diagnoses on the Internet
  • Home theater system for the display of educational films
  • Slide projector
  • Prepared protected animals for diorama presentation
  • Laboratory equipment:
  • Dual-circuit laminal box for safe and professional bacterological-diagnostical work;
  • Stereomicroscopic photo connection for diagnostical work;
  • Hot air sterilisator: for the sterilisation of instruments;
  • Digital scale with 1 gram accuracy: bird body weight and measurement of drugs;
  • Laboratory centrifuge with bolt-headed insert for diagnostic work;
  • Multifunctional test-tube mixer;
  • Reverse current electroforetic device for diagnostic work;
  • Densitometre for microbiological purposes and for the determination of bacteria number;

We are happy to accept either donations for the development and operation of the animal hospital and for the purchase of the equipment above, or donations for fixed assets.