When a bird comes in I first write down in my register all the things I need and give it a log number. This owl was given to me by the veterinary clinic, where it had been put down due to the severity of its injuries after colliding with a vehicle.
I also take measurements on how far the eyes are from the beak, and from the top of the skull. After everything is written down I go in for a outer inspection, lightly pulling some feather on sensitive spots to see if the specimen is ‘fresh’ enough. If feathers start to fall out without to much pulling it’s past it’s “best before” date, and will possibly loose a lot more feathers. Feather CAN be put back, but this falls under repair work as it take up a lot of time and a separate charge would be added.
This owl was in good condition, aside from the obvious broken bones.