Dear Parrot Lover,
Parrots are complex creatures, that when cared for correctly and loved intently, can provide you with many years of happy companionship.
The life of a parrot is directly related to his health. His health is directly related to the care that he receives from his owners. It is therefore very important to know how to care for your parrot so that he can be as healthy as possible.
The easiest way to guarantee your parrot’s health right from the start is by providing him with nutritious and healthy food. A parrot that lives in captivity requires a different diet than a parrot living in the wilds of South America, Africa and Australia. A proper captive diet would be one that includes a good mix of either dried or fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as a good ratio of nuts, grains and pellets.
However, try to steer clear from commercially prepared parrot seed and pellet foods that contain a large amount of colored pellets. This is because these colorful pellets are actually died with food dye in order to obtain the bright coloring. The food dyes used are high in sugar and too much sugar, ingested in any form, is harmful to a parrot’s short and long term health, especially if fed for years.
Pellets are a great way to ensure that your parrot receives all the necessary nutrients, but instead of feeding those sugar-coated colorful pellets, opt instead for pellets that are all-natural as these do not contain any sugar and are healthier for your parrot to consume.
There are, of course, many other foods that should never be fed to your parrot and some of these can be lethal. A few of the worst culprits are avocados, rhubarb leaves, chocolate, alcohol, and any food that is high in salt, fats, and caffeine. Although fruits are great to feed your parrot, when feeding apples, make sure that you de-seed the apple slices first. Apple seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide which can cause death in parrots. However, since each parrot breed has a unique diet, it is best to do your own research on what your parrot can and cannot eat.
The next vitally important element in having a healthy parrot is to always ensure that your parrot has fresh, clean water at all times. Some days you will have to replace your parrot’s water three or four times in one day just so that they can have clean water. This is important to do because there are plenty of bacteria that can grow in soiled water and your parrot should not drink dirty water as he can get sick from it. In addition, many parrots prefer their food to be dipped in water before consuming it. Particles of food left behind can also create unhealthy water.
Make sure that your parrot has a Well Bird Exam at least once a year with a certified avian veterinarian. This exam is a unique health checkup conducted by a veterinarian that is qualified especially to treat parrots and birds. Since parrots can mask illness very well, it can be hard to know if your parrot is sick or not. Therefore, such an exam can help pinpoint any health issue that you may not have noticed. It also imperative that if you do see a change in your parrot’s eating habits or behavior, that you immediately see an avian veterinarian.
Gain Super Bird Knowledge!
Do You Know All About Birds?
It can be hard to learn as much about birds as we need to know in order to properly care for them. Sure, the pet stores sell basic books and the internet has articles here, there, and everywhere, but is any of this information any good? Plus, have you tried finding a quality avian veterinarian yet? It’s not as easy as locating a dog or cat veterinarian!
That means you’ve got to learn all that you can so that you can take the best care of your bird. Where to turn to? Dr. Joel Murphy!
What Can You Learn about Birds that You Didn’t Know?
Dr. Murphy is a longtime respected avian veterinarian that decided it was time to write a book for all of the bird owners. He realized there was a need for it, and he knew that bird owners needed to know there were many mistakes in bird care that could easily be avoided.
Inside Dr. Murphy’s How to Care for Your Pet Bird you’ll find valuable chapters of information on subjects like:
Pet bird misconceptions: Simple myths could be the root of poor care.
Pet bird nutrition: Did you know the #1 cause of bird illness is malnutrition? It’s easy to avoid when you know what you should be feeding instead.
Veterinarian: How to actually find a proper veterinarian for your bird. Learn what a good bird doctor looks like.
Bird illness: Learn to recognize the early symptoms of illness and to know when you need to see the veterinarian.
Bird care: How to housetrain your bird and properly care for him to keep him healthy.
Emergencies: Learn to spot the difference between just illness and emergency!
Beak issues: Understand more about your bird’s beak and the disorders that could affect him.
Feather plucking: Learn the reason this occurs in the first place and what can be done to stop it.
Parasites and how to deal with them if they occur.
Infectious diseases, fungal problems, and viruses from minor to severe.
Baby birds: For those of you that may have baby birds, learn the right way to care for them as well as how to detect any disorders.
Aviary management: Basic and advanced information for optimum bird care.
So, Is he Really a Knowledgeable Person I Can Trust?
You don’t have to take my word on this. Everyone agrees that this is a fantastic book for any bird owner! The experts agree that Dr. Murphy’s How to Care for Your Pet Bird is a valuable book for anyone:
Susan Chamberlain, a Contributing Editor for Bird Talk, says, “How To Care for Your Pet Bird is the consultation you always wished you could have with an avian veterinarian. A “must have” reference for every birdkeeper!”
“Dr. Murphy has produced a very useful book, written in an easy-to-understand style. This text should prove an invaluable resource for pet bird owners and aviculturists alike,” adds Phillip Samuelson, Technical Editor for Bird Talk as well as a bird breeder.
Regards, Nathalie Roberts