Take your bird to an avian veterinary for an annual exam.
Make sure your cage gives your bird plenty of room to spread his wings, climb around, jump, swing and play.
Do not place the birdcage near drafty windows and doors.
Take your bird outside to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Make sure the outside temperature is above 70 degrees. Never leave your bird unattended while outside. Keep your bird in the cage while outside or have your bird’s wings clipped by a licensed vet.
Rearrange your bird’s cage every two months for enrichment – place perches and dishes in new positions.
Bathe your bird daily or as often as you can. You can use spray bottles, use the shower, or place a shallow bowl of water for your bird to bath him/herself in.
Buy new toys every 6 months, which can be mirrors, climbing gyms, and chewing cuttlebones. Variety is the spice of your birds life.
Pet stores carry a vast array of commercially made pellets and seeds. However, you can also supplement a bird’s diet with fresh foods, too. Vegetables and fruits you can offer include: Parsley, Sugar snaps, Snow peas, Squash, Romaine lettuce, Cucumber, Kiwi, Mango, Papaya, Oranges, Grapefruit, Apple. Make sure to remove and pits and seeds from the fruits before feeding. Birds also enjoy eating pasta, sprouts, and grains.
Fresh, cold water should be available at all times. Change it at least once a day, preferably twice.
Watch for signs of illness. If signs occur, call your avian vet immediately. Signs of illness include depression, decreased activity, inability to perch – sits on the bottom of the cage, anorexia or decreased appetite, feathers remain “fluffed”, keeps eyes closed, nasal or ocular discharge, regurgitates food, abnormal stool production – bloody, watery, has seed hulls in stool or different color than normal.
Dr. Wallis has 12 years experience with avians so please call us if your bird is ever in need of veterinary care.