Birds are very interesting animals, which is why they are good to keep as pets. They are one of the few pets that you can actually ‘pet’ safely. Here is a bird care guide that you can easily follow.
The first thing that you have to look into is the housing requirement. If the birds will be put in a cage, make sure the cage is big enough for some movements like flapping its wings. Continue reading
This section on bird disease will cover some of the more common problems seen in pet birds. The general signs of illness are:
- Decreased appetite or water consumption
- Broken, bent, or lost feathers
- Labored breathing
- Reluctance or inability to perch
- Loss of muscle mass on breast
- Shifting leg lameness
- Abnormal lumps, bumps, or swellings
- Change in color or character of droppings
- Vomiting or regurgitation of food
- Overgrown beak or nails
- Discharges from eyes or nares
- Prolonged molding
Bird food nutrition is the most important factor in keeping your pet birds healthy, other than keeping them in a sanitary environment.
In general, your pet bird should be allowed to eat high-quality bird food twice a day; early in the morning, and late in the evening.
Let’s get a big misconception out of the way that many novice bird owners have. Perching birds can not be sustained on a diet of seeds alone, contrary to many novice bird owners thinking.
Seeds add to the nutritional requirements of bird food, yet if used exclusively are inadequate for captive birds. Continue reading
Giving a bird health exam to your pet bird is important in assessing the overall health of your bird and can help catch potential problems before they start. Bird health examinations should be done at least 4 times a year.
Every bird health exam should start with a good look at your bird’s droppings in the cage. Normal bird droppings consist of three fractions:
- A formed fecal fraction, which will appear green if the bird is eating see; brown if eating pellets
- A white, creamy urate fraction
- A liquid urine portion
The consistency and color of the bird droppings can vary with the type of diet the bird is on, so learn what is normal for your particular bird.
Abnormal droppings are characterized by changes in frequency, volume, color, and consistency. Birds can have anywhere from 20 to 40 droppings per day.
A decrease in the frequency of elimination or in the volume of the fecal portion is a good indicator of a decrease in food consumption, which could be secondary to disease and stress. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Waking up to hear the wonderful chirping songs of birds in the morning is one of the many great pleasures that a lot of people appreciate in their everyday lives. Not only are their songs beautiful but they are incredibly gorgeous creatures as well.
Every bird watching enthusiast values having the ability to see these stunning creatures everyday. Plus, they can be fascinating animals to observe. Watching birds and discovering their habits and daily routines can be a captivating and relaxing activity on a warm sunny day.
However, they will not simply give you this everyday pleasure unless you do something for them first. They require housing and food. Therefore, in order to attract these beautiful creatures to your backyard, you must make an effort to find the best bird feeders for them to enjoy. Continue reading