Pet care information to help keep your bird fit and chirpy.
Some common illnesses in pet birds involve a change of droppings. A change in the colour, frequency, volume, or character of droppings can indicate a problem that requires attention.
Anorexia (loss of appetite) and lethargy (listlessness) are common signs of illness in pet birds. Though not specific for any particular disease, they do indicate a severely ill bird that requires immediate medical attention.
Bathing is very important for the proper maintenance of feathers. All birds do it! In the wild a bird may bathe in the rain, under your sprinkler, in a puddle, stream or in wet grass.
Most birds have the misfortune of eating in their bathroom and defecating in their kitchen. It is essential to keep a bird's environment as clean as possible.
It is very desirable to have a tame, affectionate and interactive bird as a family pet. Some birds can be more difficult to befriend than others but the ultimate goal is to earn the bird’s trust and respect.
You will be delightfully surprised if you decide to raise chickens and then have them as pets but you need to know what chooks (as they are affectionately called in Australia) are like as pets and what the basic principles of chook parenting are.
It's not unusual to find a baby bird on the ground in spring and summer. People trained in bird care have the best chance of rehabilitating the bird and allowing it to return to the wild, so don’t attempt to do it by yourself.
Once you have taken your bird home, you become fully responsible for its care and well-being. It is not good enough to just put them in a cage with some seed and water, and hope for the best.
Chlamydiosis (also known as Psittacosis or Parrot Fever) is a zoonosis (a disease that can be transmitted from animals or birds to man) caused by the organism Chlamydia psittaci. It can cause severe illness in humans.
Although chocolate is one of our favourite treats, it contains a substance that is toxic to animals. Poisoning is common in dogs because of their habit of rapid consumption, but may also affect cats and other pets.
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