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6 Tips for Feeding Your Bird a Nutritional Diet

by Donella Crigger April 8th, 2014 | Birds, Care
bird n handWhile each bird species has its own nutritional needs, there are basic guidelines that bird owners should follow. If your bird has specific dietary needs due to health problems, consult with your veterinarian first before making any changes to the diet.

Color and Variety

Fruits and vegetables are good for you, and they’re good for your bird, too. In fact, your bird should have a serving of fruits or vegetables twice a day. Bird-safe fruits and veggies include melons, pears, bananas, leafy greens, corn, and squash. Be careful with your food choices because some fruits and vegetables
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Penguins as Pets, or Not

by Bea March 27th, 2014 | Birds, Spotlight
penguin crossingHere's the thing. Penguins don't have to live at the North or South Pole in order to survive. There are some penguins out there that can happily live in mild temperatures and could be, theoretically, kept as pets. However, just because there are some penguins that could be kept as pets, that doesn't mean that you should have one as a pet. In fact, you should also remember that penguins are an endangered species, so it's illegal to sell penguins. If you buy one, buy it at your own risk. The penalties for being caught with a
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How to Give Your Bird Medicine

by Donella Crigger March 11th, 2014 | Birds, Care
bird in handGiving any pet medication is a challenge, but this is especially true with birds. Not only do you have to worry about preventing them from flying away, but those sharp beaks and bird feet are no picnic to deal with, either. As a compromise, some bird owners try to give the bird its medication in the water rather than orally, but this is ineffective. When the medicine is put in the water, you have no control over how much (or how little) your bird will actually get. Medications can change the taste of water, causing your bird
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Bird Spotlight: Poicephalus

by Bea February 27th, 2014 | Birds, Spotlight
senegal parrot pdIf you're looking for a medium-sized bird in your household, you might be interested in a parrot from the Poicephalus genus. The thing about them is that they pretty much act like a large parrot, but are on the smaller side. These birds are typically very playful and entertaining, so you're bound to have a lot of fun with them!

There are nine species of parrots that fall into the  Poicephalus genus. They're native to regions in the Afrotropic ecozone. Naturally, they're typically found near the Sub-Saharan Africa regions (Senegal, Ethiopia, South Africa, etc). Some of the types
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Treating Eye Injuries in Birds

by Donella Crigger February 11th, 2014 | Birds, Care
lorikeet eyeEye injuries are common in domestic birds of all species. It is important that eye injuries are identified and treated quickly. In many cases, if caught early, permanent injury to the eye and vision loss can be avoided.

Eye injuries may present themselves in several different ways in birds. The eyelid may be red or swollen. It may be discolored, partially closed or completely closed. You may notice your bird squinting or rubbing its eye with the side of its wing. Birds have a third eyelid that is prone to becoming inflamed, causing it to protrude or cover
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Bird Spotlight: Owl

by Bea January 21st, 2014 | Birds, Spotlight
owl alfred borchardAfter reading or watching Harry Potter, you may have been inspired to get your own pet owl. After all, Hedwig seemed like such a perfect pet, right? She was a Snowy Owl who was initially supposed to just be a mail carrier, but she ended up playing such an important role in Harry's life. She was a companion, a helper, and overall, a loyal pet. However, surprisingly, in real life, owls are really not good to keep as pets!

In fact, in the United States, private individuals are not even allowed to keep native owls as pets. The only
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Practical Tips for Bird-proofing Your Home

by Donella Crigger January 7th, 2014 | Birds, Care
bird out for coffeeLike any pet, our fine feathered friends need additional measures of protection to survive and thrive in our homes. They don’t want to be left in cages all the time, nor should they be. Outside of the cage, though, dangers often lurk in the most unexpected places. If you’d like to give your bird more freedom, read the tips below on bird-proofing your house. Supervision and maintaining a safe environment are crucial to keeping your bird in good health.

Give the Bird Safe Space

Ideally, bird lovers would have a room set aside for their bird. Unfortunately, this is
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Bird Spotlight: Peach-Faced Lovebirds

by Bea December 26th, 2013 | Birds, Spotlight
lovebirdPeach-faced lovebirds are beautiful, playful, and active. They can thrive as pets, as long as you take good care of them!

Peach-faced lovebirds are only about seven inches small, so they can be kept in a household cage. At a minimum, you should have a non-round cage that is at least two feet wide by two feet long. If you can get a bigger cage, do it! The bars should not be any more than 1/2 to 5/8 inches apart. Your cage should have plenty of perches for your bird to jump around on and enjoy exploring.

Just because
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Taking Care of Your Bird’s Feet

by T Akery December 10th, 2013 | Birds, Care
birdwaveYour bird's feet are important part of your bird. Thus, taking care of them is essential to your pet's health. Since it probably spends most of its time on perches, you really need to think about keeping its feet healthy. There are several ways to do this.

The first is to add perches that are of varying diameters. This gives your bird a chance to stretch their feet out on occasion. Like humans, birds can run into foot problems if they stand in the same place all the time. While your bird might have a favorite perch, it
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Fruits and Vegetables That Are Toxic to Birds

by T Akery November 14th, 2013 | Birds, Care
avocadoBirds need a lot of variety in their diet in order to thrive. The birds that get the proper nutrition typically lead very long and healthy lives. However, not every fruit and vegetable out on the market is safe to feed birds. You do not want to feed your bird any of these fruits or vegetables. It could make them sick or kill them. Thus, resist the temptation to feed them any of these items even though they are good for you.

Avocados are a vegetable that should never enter a birdcage. While they may seem like the
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Protecting Your Bird from Drafts

by T Akery October 17th, 2013 | Birds, Care
canaryYour bird's health is a part of keeping it happy. While incidental drafts, such as a person walking by, aren't inherently harmful, other types of drafts, such as those under an air-conditioning vent, can harm your bird's immune system. The reason they get sick is due to the extreme temperature changes when your bird moves from place to place.

An important part of protecting your bird from drafts is determining the best location for the bird cage. You do not want to place it directly under an air conditioning or a heating vent. If this is the only
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Bird Spotlight: Ostriches

by T Akery September 19th, 2013 | Birds, Spotlight
KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAOstriches are a very unusual bird to keep as a pet. They are among the largest birds. Thus, they are more suited for farms than for apartments or small backyards. They also can be dangerous because they do kick with their strong legs. If you work with large animals, then you probably will be more comfortable working with the ostrich.

If you intend on raising ostriches from eggs, there are a couple of things you should know about the babies. Ensuring that the legs of the ostrich develop properly is essential to healthy adults. Their toes are especially
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All health and medical information is provided for educational purposes and is not meant to replace the medical advice or treatment of your animal's veterinarian.

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