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How to Tell If Your Bird is Sick

by R. Carnavale November 18th, 2014| Birds, Care
canary (400x400)The sooner you seek help for your ailing bird, the better the outcome; however, your personal Tweetie is unlikely to show symptoms until she's gravely ill. That's because birds, by nature, will pretend to be healthy no matter how sick they are as a matter of survival. You see, in nature, a sick bird drops to the bottom of the pecking order and is dropped from the flock to protect it from predators.

Go with your gut -- you may not see any symptoms at first, but if you intuitively sense something is wrong, it's OK to bring your pet
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Spotlight On the Smart Quaker Parrot

by Marnie Bii November 4th, 2014| Birds, Spotlight
qparrotQuaker parrots, or monk parakeets, pack a whole lot of personality into a little package. After your bird reaches a few months old, you can teach him or her how to talk and imitate sounds. Unlike macaws, these little guys only grow about 12 inches in length, making it easy to find a place for their necessary cage size and exercise needs. Here's what you need to know before introducing this type of bird into your life.

Personality

Quakers are talkative, active birds that will keep you constantly entertained. These birds adapt to your routine quite easily, eating meals
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Protecting Polly from Pussy Cats

by James Maynard October 21st, 2014| Birds, Care
aviary-10500_1280Protecting pet birds from domestic cats is a challenge that has been around since humans first started living with animals. Beginning in 1945, the animated characters Sylvester and Tweety Bird entertained audiences with tales of such feline/avian chases.

If possible, cats should be brought into a home with a bird when they are kittens. If the felines are brought into a home with a bird at a young age, they can learn not to hunt. But, sometimes adult cats need a new home, or birds are the newcomers. If this presents a danger to the bird, there are
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Same Bird, New House

by James Maynard September 23rd, 2014| Birds, Care
budgerigar-parakeet-204706_1280Moving with a pet bird can be a traumatic experience for feathered friends, and acclimating to new climes can be a challenge. Once the move is made, there are several tips that can assist an avian in adapting to a new house.

A bird in a new home should be placed in an environment as much like their past environment as possible. If the birdcage was placed in a corner, with a window to the left, a similar situation should be presented, if possible.

Bird toys should be brought along from one home to another, providing birds with a
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Spotlight on the Loveable Java Sparrow

by Marnie Bii September 9th, 2014| Birds, Spotlight
java-sparrow-231228_640The Java Sparrow is a challenging, yet extremely rewarding pet bird. If you obtain one as a fledgling, you can eventually tame him or her. This type of bird takes a lot of know-how and patience to win over. Once you understand the process, you can breed generations of tame Javas without issue. The first step in owning a Java involves finding a domestic breeder, as imports have been banned due to the threat to rice cultivation from these birds.

Housing

Your Javas will need a generously sized cage due to their large size and preference for living with
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Cleaning a Cage for Bird Health

by James Maynard August 26th, 2014| Birds, Care
yellowbirdCleaning a bird cage is one of the most important things a companion to a feathered animal can do to keep her avian friend healthy.

Birds are clean animals, quickly and effectively removing dirt, debris and waste from their feathers. Some avians spend up to one-third of their waking hours preening themselves and other birds in their group. Water birds also protect their feathers from the moisture through this cleaning. However, their cage is another story, becoming the responsibility of their human partners.

Ammonia is released anytime bird poop is cleaned from a cage. This gas is dangerous for both humans
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Introducing A Black-Headed Caique To Your Family

by Marnie Bii August 14th, 2014| Birds, Spotlight
black_headed_caiqueIf you want to add an intelligent, charming pet to your family, go to your local breeder and check out the black-headed caique. This smart bird will fill the hole in your family with fun times and sweet bonding moments. At nine inches tall, these caiques are substantial but still easy to house. Keep reading to learn about their personality, housing requirements, diet needs and health expectations.

Personality

The first thing you'll notice about the black-headed caique is their love for a good time. These playful birds perform silly antics that quickly pull at your heartstrings. Owners report their caiques enjoy
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Ouch! What to Do When Your Pet Bird Bites

by Donella Crigger July 29th, 2014| Birds, Care
file000263224390One thing that new bird owners quickly realize is that birds bite. They bite a lot, actually, particularly if the behavior is reinforced. I know what you’re thinking, “I don’t reinforce biting! I punish my pet when he bites!” Punishment may actually do more harm than good when it comes to teaching your bird positive behaviors. To find out why your bird bites and what you should do about it, keep reading.

Beaking versus Biting

What most owners experience is not true biting. Birds often “beak” objects, such as perches and toys (and, yes, fingers) to test their firmness
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How to Help Your Pet Bird Beat the Heat

by Donella Crigger July 1st, 2014| Birds, Care
parrot-344975_640Humans aren’t the only ones that need to beat the heat in the summer. Our feathered friends need to be kept cool, too. A bird’s body temperature is significantly higher than ours, ranging from 104-108 degrees Fahrenheit. Even those that originate from tropical habitats can still suffer from heat-related illnesses and injuries. Remember, wild birds can seek cooler locations in the shade, bathe themselves and take other measures to cool down. Caged birds need their owners to help them stay cool.

Birds lose heat to their environments in two ways. The first way occurs when the environment
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Why Did My Single Pet Bird Lay an Egg?  

by Donella Crigger June 3rd, 2014| Birds, Care
broodingIt can be quite a shock to a bird owner when a single female bird lays an egg. What causes single birds to lay eggs? Will the egg be fertile? Does laying these eggs mean that your bird has a health problem? Find out the answers to these questions below!

What Causes a Single Bird to Lay an Egg?

Just like birds in the wild, your pet bird has breeding hormones. In the wild, these hormones are only activated during certain times of the year when breeding conditions are favorable. In captivity, birds experience favorable conditions year round. This
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Collared Aracari: Inviting a Toucan into Your Life

by Marnie Bii May 20th, 2014| Birds, Spotlight
toucan-214714_640Only consider adding a Collared Aracari to your life if you are ready for a big challenge. Although these toucans are beautiful and fun to watch, their needs will dominate your life. However, if you have the time, money, space and energy, caring for these birds is a highly rewarding pastime.

Take a look at their endearing characteristics, care needs and cage requirements before making a final decision.

Appearance

The first thing you will notice about these birds is their impressive black, yellow and red bill. Half of the Aracaris' 16-inch length consists of their bill alone.  Despite their bills'
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Bird Weight Loss or Gain: A Sign of Illness

by Donella Crigger May 6th, 2014| Birds, Care
animals-314868_640Like many animals, weight is a sign of a bird’s good or poor health. Monitoring your pet bird’s weight is an important aspect of its care. Changes in weight are one of the first warning signs of illness. Although weight loss or weight gain are not good signs, with regular weight checks, you can reduce the risk of more serious health problems by catching illnesses at the onset.

Here are some tips about weighing your pet bird as well as helpful information regarding weight loss and weight gain. For a list of average weights for common pet birds,
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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.