*Offer your bird a variety of healthy fresh veggies and fruits in addition to their pellets or seeds (ask your vet for specific recommendations).
*Clean the bird’s living space regularly. Do not allow dust, rust, old feces to build up in their environment. Make sure your cleaning supplies are safe: soap and water works well.
*Allow your bird to acclimate to new environments. Reduce factors that may contribute to stress during times of change.
*Bath your bird daily or as often as you can. You can use water spray bottles, the shower, or place a shallow bowl of water in their cage.
*Do not place your bird’s cage near drafty windows or doors.
*Take your bird outside to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air! Make sure the temperature is between 65 degrees and 85 degrees, keep inside the cage, place in the shade if it is too hot, and never leave your bird outside unattended.
*Have your bird’s wings clipped by a licensed vet to decrease the risk of getting loose outside or experiencing trauma inside.
*Buy new toys several times a year! Variety is the spice to your bird’s life.
*Avoid household toxins and materials that can be dangerous to your bird: hot cooking oil, teflon pots and pans, tobacco and cigarette smoke, chocolate, avocado, salt, scented candles, alcohol, pesticides, lead or zinc in galvanized metals, carpet powders, etc.
*Watch for signs of illness. If any of these signs develop in your bird, call us immediately for an exam and treatment. Signs include: loss of appetite, vomiting or regurgitating, breathing difficulty, weight loss, unable to perch, loss of balance, diarrhea or unusual droppings, listlessness and sitting on the bottom of cage, feathers “all fluffed up,” and nasal or ocular discharge.
If you would like information on bird care, please contact us at 913-422-0301.