The main thing to remember with bird health is that the best treatment for any ailment is prevention!
With bird health, this takes on special importance when you consider that they can hide signs of disease quite effectively, and when evidence of illness does appear, subsequent treatment efforts are often futile.
Therefore, bird owners must take an active role in preventing disease in their pet birds.
Basic Steps To Prevention – Proper Bird Care
- Avoid overcrowding. Housing too many birds in a cage that is too small will lead to sanitation problems.
- Clean food and water bowl daily.
- Keep fresh food and water in the bowls at all times.
- Provide adequate ventilation in and around your bird’s living quarters. The temperature shoulds are kept between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and cages should be placed clear of any drafts in the room.
- Keep bedtimes for the bird constant and predictable.
- Feed a well balanced diet for good bird health.
- Keep your pet bird away from wild birds. Wild birds can transmit infectious diseases and internal parasites.
- New birds brought into the household should be quarantined and kept away from existing pet birds fro 6 to 8 weeks.
- Bird vaccines do exist against some of the more common diseases seen in pet birds. Talk to your vet for further bird care information in this regard.
Preventing Injury or Accidental Poisoning
In addition to the steps mention above, there are also steps bird owners should take to minimize the chances of injury or accidental poisoning.
Good bird health also depends upon keeping all doors and windows closed so that your bird cannot escape into the outdoors.
Feather-clipping should be performed periodically as well. This will limit the bird’s flight.
Make sure to limit your bird’s exposure to exposed lightbulbs, ceiling fans, and hot stove burners or ovens.
Poisonous substances that your pet bird could encounter inside your home include toxic plants, alcohol, pesticides, crayons, pencils, mothballs, chocolate, cedar, redwood, and tobacco. Bird health depends on the removal of these objects near the bird’s dwelling.
Handling your Pet Bird
The final point that must be made for bird health, is that they must be handled with care. Birds are fragile, and many people handle their pet birds too roughly.
The ultimate goal is to cause the least amount of stress to your bird as possible. As a result, knowing how to safely restrain your bird is a must!
The proper procedure for restraining (handling) your bird is as follows (this mostly applies to untrained, or smallish birds):
Camouflage your hand when capturing a bird to prevent it from becoming hand-shy in the future. A towel will work just fine. Reach into the cage slowly and intently, waiting until the bird grasps the cage bars with its beak as it tries to avoid your approach.
Grasp the bird’s head between your thumb and forefinger. The key here is to gain control of the head right from the beginning.
Gently cradle the body with your remaining fingers and the palm of your hand. Keep the bird in an upright position to facilitate breathing.
Bird health care is very important and prevention is the best method! Follow the basic guide above to eliminate 90% of the health problems that your pet bird can face. With good bird care your bird’s health with being excellent!