General Health:


Know your bird is the finest thing you can do to check the general health and well-being of your birds in the time between visits to the veterinarian. Keep a record of their droppings and inspect them everyday, as well as any changes in their weight (at least once a week), their general appearance, and their activity levels, especially their vocalization. Bear in mind that birds are prey animals, and as such, they will instinctively hide any ailment up until the very last minutes of their lives if it is possible for them to do so. Signs of disease can include lethargy, spending an excessive amount of time in the bottom of their cage or on a perch that is fluffed up, having a moist nare and/or vent area, and dripping or glazed eyes. Check it out if you have any reservations about it! Invest in a scale that reads in increments of one gram, and always have a first-aid kit on hand stocked with items that are tailored to the needs of your species, including a container that can keep the heat in (plastic terrarium types are best) Keep the telephone number for your avian veterinarian and/or the nearest emergency facility close at hand. It is essential to provide heat when transporting (there are products available to place in the carrier underneath towels that will give plenty of warmth; “hot hands” ™ paks are an affordable option that radiate heat for up to 18 hours); alternatively, you can use a rubber glove filled with warm water! Most importantly, do only what is absolutely necessary to stabilize them and get them to the veterinarian as soon as possible. Although there are products on the market designed to stop bleeding (such as Quik stop, styptic powder, and cornstarch), it is in your best interest to have an expert examine your bird even after the bleeding has been brought under control. Learn how to pull broken blood feathers by getting some training. This is one of the most frequent reasons for bleeding that cannot be managed. Your local veterinarian and/or bird breeder will be happy to provide you with the necessary instructions.

To function properly, birds require around 12 hours of darkness, sleep, and alone time each day…

This can be accomplished by providing them with a covering and/or by making a smaller sleep cage available to them. uncontrolled

BATHING: This activity is of the utmost significance….Bathing, which in turn leads to preening, are both extremely normal and healthy behaviors for our birds….

My little parrotlet enjoys taking daily baths in the bird bath that I keep in the bottom of the cage for him. The bird bath contains no more than half an inch of water. When I put it under the tube of the water bottle, it also collects any drips that may occur. Due to the fact that he will not bathe in a dish, I have to shower my Quaker at least three times every week. I use a bottle called a Mister Mist’r Wizard ™, which creates a wonderful mist that smells like a rain forest. You may find that you have to bathe them gently in the sink (fill with half an inch of water) or perhaps wrap in a dripping washcloth (don’t squeeze!). This is because it is important for their health to bathe at least twice weekly. Many birds will not tolerate either of these methods, and since it is important for their health to bathe at least twice weekly, you may find that you have to. I want to emphasize once more that I use distilled water for all of these tasks!

Before touching your bird, you should always wash your hands. Before handling your birds, you should change your clothes if you have gone to any bird shows or pet shops in the past few days. Do not take your bird into houses or other locations where there are other birds, and if you must leave your bird somewhere else while you are gone, make sure that your bird is quarantined from other birds if at all feasible. There are various avian diseases that can lurk in birds for a very long time, making them appear healthy and normal for a very long time…. Is it worth the risk to expose yourself to other people, knowing that you could have difficulties later? These are precautions that should not be disregarded as excessive or unneeded given their importance.

If you are able to position the cage of your birds such that it faces a window that receives (but is not directly illuminated by) brilliant indirect light and, in particular, if there are things for them to observe outside, you will see that they grow a healthy ego. Be wary of drafts, but don’t restrict the amount of fresh air that can get in! To maintain one’s health and well-being over time, exposure to natural light and fresh air are of the utmost significance.

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