Keeping Your Feathered Friends Happy

In: Avian, Birds

Birds are one of the most popular pets to own after cats and dogs. This includes everything from canaries/finches, budgies, cockatiels, lories, eclectus parrots, African greys, amazons, and macaws. And of course an occasional pet chicken or quail.  What many bird owners do not know is what can be done to extend the life and health of their bird. A little initial research can be very helpful when trying to pick out the best bird for you and help you provide ...

Bird Diet – Our Pet Birds

In: Birds

Is your bird a perch potato? He could be if he’s eating an unhealthy diet, not exercising enough, or just plain overeating at the buffet! And if that’s not enough, obesity in birds can lead to serious health problems that can easily remain undetected until it’s too late! Feeding birds a diet rich in seeds, nuts, and fruits may seem like the right thing to do, but in reality they contribute significantly to obesity and arteriosclerosis in birds because the available ...

Avian Heavy Metal to Toxicosis

In: Birds

It has been described as the most common type of poisoning in pet birds. Clinical signs of lead and zinc poisoning include lethargy, depression, decreased appetite, weight loss, weakness, diarrhea, anemia, regurgitation, increased urination, blindness, circling, tremors, head tilt, seizures or death. It is seen in hook billed birds because they climb using their beaks and like to chew on things. Lead and zinc are found in household items such as paints, galvanized wire, clips, chains, adhesives, plastics, toys and ...

So you think you want a Pet Bird…

In: Birds

Pet birds have many advantages. They may sing or actually talk, they don’t need walking, and they sleep at night and they are beautiful. Yes, birds need daily care (food and water) and they do like to get up early, but they can be the perfect pet. In an apartment or condo, even if dogs or cats are not allowed, a bird is often permitted. Finches, parakeets or cockatiels are great choices, but don’t even think about a cockatoo, whose exuberant calls ...

Top Dangers to Birds

In: Birds

Our pet birds can face many dangers living in our homes. The following are what I consider to be the top dangers to our feathered friends. If these dangers are a potential threat to your bird, please take steps to correct them. 1. Unclipped wings Birds constantly replace their feath- ers (molting) so wing clipping should be repeated regularly. I recommend that both wings be clipped and that someone with experience trim your bird’s wings. While allowing a bird to fl y ...

The Basics of Bird Care

In: Birds

Don’t be fooled by their diminutive size and the cage they inhabit, owning a bird is a big responsibility. Our feathered friends require proper care in order to live a long, healthy and happy life. Birds are particularly fussy about their environment. They require consistent and comfortable temperatures, proper humidity levels and supervised access to fresh air and direct sunlight. Simply sitting the cage near window won’t due. Cages should be large, strong, made of non-toxic material and designed for safety and ...

What Triggers Egg-Laying in Pet Birds – Scrambled or Poached, What to do with Polly.

In: Birds

One day in Polly’s cage, there is a tiny egg. Polly is very proud! How did this happen, immaculate conception? Well, Nature expects her to raise babies, not become your pet! Environment triggers mating at the best time for chick survival. Cues include longer daylight hours, warm weather, and abundant nourishing food allowing egg production. Her mate preens and feeds her during courtship and woos her with a nest. She’s fed while incubating eggs, or eats when he takes a turn! ...

Choosing a pet bird – Are You For The Birds?

In: Birds

Like any pet purchase, buying a parrot should be a serious decision. There are two significant differences between parrots and dogs or cats. Many of the larger parrots have the potential to live for fifty years or more and unlike dogs and cats, parrots are, at best, only a generation or two out of the wild. Much of their behavior is a result of natural instinct. Because parrots do not have a history ...

Bird Nutrition – Do You Want a Happy and Healthy Bird?

In: Birds

If your answer is yes, here is some advice from one of the most experienced exotic veterinarians in the area: 1. FOOD- Nutrients are simply materials that nourish the body and essential nutrients must be supplied in order for the body to carry out normal everyday functions. Nutritional requirements are based on a set of interactions between many variables such as species, physiological state, gender, other nutrients in the diet and the surrounding environment. Nutrients are divided into four basic groups. a. ...

Bird Behavior – Do You Have a Naughty Naked Bird?

In: Birds

Is your bird bald, laying eggs, or screaming? Maybe Polly is trying to tell you something! Birds pluck out feathers for many physical and psychological reasons. You and your avian vet will have to determine if the feather loss is due to parasites, injury, stress, aggressive cage mates, allergies, poor nutrition, toxicity, behavior or a virus. It may take a while and a range of diagnostics may be needed but the cause can usually be determined and a plan put ...

Leave Your Birds Home

In: Birds

The idea for M2 Bird Sitters—started in 2005 by David and Mary Jo Stephenson of Ashburn—began when the Stephensons wanted to go on vacation and had trouble finding a sitter for their cockatoo. The result in just one year is perhaps the largest bird sitting service in the metro area. As bird owners know well, David says, our winged friends, if left alone, often get bored, stressed and resentful, which can lead to screaming, biting and feather plucking. He likens birds ...

Microchip Popularity

In: Birds

Most people are familiar with microchips for dogs and even cats. Now, more and more bird enthusiasts are having their parrots micro chipped. A microchip is a tiny computer chip which is injected deeply under the skin. The chip provides a safe, permanent unique identification number which is recognized worldwide. There is virtually no chance of the body developing an allergy or trying to reject the microchip after being properly injected. The chip is “read” using a special scanner which sends ...

Greeting Fellow Bird Lovers! Some Quick Tips on "Feathered Boss" Care!

In: Birds

Seed diets are inadequate and nutritionally deficient. What to do? Try Pellets! Pellets eaters usually live longer, are healthier, breed better, and look better. A variety of pellet diets are available. Seed-pellet products such as Avi-Cakes or Nutraberries improve diets while introducing pellets. Caution: birds may starve to death if you suddenly replace all seeds with pellets. This must be done gradually! Most table foods are good for birds. A few rules: • No Caffeine! This means no tea, coffee, or chocolate. They ...

Considering Avian Medicine

In: Birds

In avian medicine there is a decisive difference between the diagnosis and treatment of obvious problems and the ability to detect, identify and correct subtle abnormalities. The doctor must evaluate the patient and its environment in order to identify the underlining abnormality. Birds normally attempt to hide symptoms of disease as a survival adaptation. In the wild, individuals that show symptoms of disease or injury are easy targets for predators and they are sometimes segregated or attacked by other members ...

Is Your Bird Bald, Screaming, or Both?

In: Birds

Birds pull out their own feathers for a variety of physical and psychological reasons. First, determine if they are pulling the feathers or not. Is another bird, maybe a parent, driving the bird away by plucking the top of its head? Is the mate dominating it? If the back of the head is missing feathers, the bird is innocent; his beak cannot reach that far! Once you have decided that your bird is pulling out it’s own feathers, you and your ...

Understand Bird Behavior – Bird Weaning Avoids Whining

In: Birds

Healthy bird behavior begins with a properly weaned and well-socialized bird. Baby birds need to leave their “mother bird” to grow into emotionally healthy and social birds. Many avian breeders hand feed the baby birds. Hand feeding creates a bond between the person and bird. However, an over-bond may occur which is not emotionally healthy for the bird. A prospective bird owner should take home a weaned bird to avoid any unhealthy emotional issues. Some older birds on the other ...

Eight Things Every Parrot Wants Their Owner to Know

In: Birds

Owning a parrot or better said, having a parrot own you, can be a highly rewarding but also highly demanding relationship. The following tips will help you make sure your bird is happy and well cared for. 1. A Proper Diet: Feeding a nutritionally balanced diet may be the most important way to keep your bird healthy. Seeds are not a com-plete diet; they are high in fat and low in vitamins and minerals. A pelleted diet plus vegetables, fruit and ...

Parrot Behavior – Nothing Personal

In: Birds

Most parrots, even those who are considered aggressive, area usually acting defensively as opposed to offensively. In the store, I deal primarily with very young babies. Many times I'll hear potential customers say that a bird wants to bite them and their conclusion is it doesn't like them. The reality is that the babies behavior has nothing to do with them as a person. These babies are reacting to the situation in which they find themselves. Many of them are ...

Bird Health – Birds of a Feather Pick Together

In: Birds

Feather picking can occur on the wings, chest, tail, and head. The most common causes of feather picking are as follows: 1. Cigarettes/Cigar/Pipe Smoke: Birds are very sensitive to both the smoke produced by tobacco products as well as the nicotine left on smokers' hands. Before handling your bird, you must wash your hands to remove all traces of nicotine, tobacco, and smoke residue. It is beneficial to run an air purifier with a hepa filter to cut down the second ...

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