Offer pellets dry, mixed with seed at first to introduce the product so it will be recognized as “food”. We have found this does not always work. Quite often placing the seed at a lower level in the cage, and the new foods up beside a favorite perch works well. Also use a non intrusive shallow, wide dish for new foods.
There are many types of bedding on the market for cage lining. We are listing some and the related experiences.
Most bird owners soon realize that stress can cause both physical and psychological damage to birds. However, over the years we have learned that many persons are not aware of what exactly causes stress in birds. It is wise for pet owners to take stress seriously, educate themselves concerning the causes, and apply that knowledge to their own situation to prevent health problems. The following is a list of stress causing factors in a birds life.
The answer to this question is very general, because there are many exceptions and various personalities in each species of bird. There are also different noise tolerance levels for many people. If you have a very low noise tolerance level, you might consider another type of pet or a very quiet type of bird. We’ll group as many as we can into 3 groups, starting with the noisiest , down to the quietest.
Not all screaming is for the same reason. Try to determine what category your bird’s behavior falls into. To help to understand why your bird is screaming, try keeping a diary for a few months. This way you may start to see if there is a pattern to this behavior.
“Article by Victoria Ballard”
When humans are ill, it seems our nature to let others know. When our feathered friends get sick, their natural instinct is to hide the fact. Predators in the wild quickly pick up signs of weakness. Evidence of sickness is cautiously concealed until the bird is physically unable to do so. To you and me, an illness which has been festering for days, weeks, or even months seems to suddenly appear. Often, by this time, it is too late.
Nervously sitting across from me in the veterinarian’s small waiting room was an obviously concerned couple. Placed in front of them, in an intensive care unit, was a mostly de-feathered, malnourished, very unhappy African Grey parrot. Unsolicited explanations came pouring out. “This is not our bird!” the husband anxiously declares. “We finally convinced the owner to let us bring this poor creature to the vet. He’s been sick for years.” The wife echoes in, “You know, she spends so much money on her dog, but won’t put out a single dime on the bird.” Satisfied that I, a complete stranger, believed them, they focused on comforting their psitacine friend.
Here is a partial list of possible medical causes of feather picking, Feather picking has many causes, or combinations of causes. The place to start is by having a check up with an avian veterinarian.
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