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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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Bird Spotlight: Ducks

by Bea April 22nd, 2014| Birds, Spotlight
The Kids are checking out the ducklingMany of us know the story of the Ugly Duckling. Or, perhaps you know the book Make Way for Ducklings. There's even a statue of it in the Boston Public Garden.  In fact, this is the official children's book of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Needless to say, ducks are often a part of our childhood lives; whether it's through a story, or through feeding them at a pond.

Ducks belong to the Anatidae family of birds. This family includes swans and geese as well. There are a lot of different types of ducks, but all are mostly aquatic
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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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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.