Caring For Your Pet Bird
Dear Parrot Lover,
Caring for the health of your beloved pet parrot is most probably your number one concern, regardless of whether your parrot has just been weaned or if your parrot is an older bird that you have just adopted. Your parrot’s overall wellbeing is very important as a parrot that is well cared for will live a very happy and healthy life for many years to come.
The first thing to consider when trying to put your parrot on the right path to good health, is to make sure that they are eating right. A good diet makes a good parrot!
Parrots should eat plenty of fresh fruit and veggies daily. But they should also be allowed to experienced human food such as cooked pasta. Make sure to remove any leftover fruits, veggies or cooked foods when your parrot is done eating them as they might spoil and will make your parrot very sick if she eats them.
Supplement your parrot’s diet with good pellet mix. Try to choose one that does not contain Ethoxyquin, a preservative found in most pellet mixes. This preservative has been the cause of many parrot deaths over the years. Also, choose a pellet mix that does not contain too many colored pellets. While your parrot will certainly enjoy the bright colors offered to her, these colored pellets are actually made with colored sugar to give them their vibrant hues. Too much sugar is actually quite bad for a parrot’s health and wellbeing. A proper parrot diet should include a mix of pellets, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables and grains.
Avoid foods that are salty, fatty, contain caffeine, contain alcohol, or consist of chocolate, avocados, apple seeds or rhubarb leaves as these are all very toxic to parrots. Each type of parrot species has a unique dietary requirement. It would be in your parrot’s best interest for you to research what your parrot would eat in the wild and try to mimic that at home.
Of course, you should also make sure that your parrot has clean, fresh water available to her all the time, even if this means that you have to replace your parrot’s water three or four times a day. This is because there is a lot of bacteria that can grow quickly within dirty water that can make parrots very sick very quickly.
At least once per year, you should take your parrot into see a certified avian veterinarian for a checkup. This checkup is commonly referred to as a Well Bird Exam and should ideally be completed at least once every 6 months. The vet you see must be certified to treat birds, regular vets lack the special advanced training necessary to detect illness and injury in a pet parrot.
Always watch your parrot carefully and bring your parrot into the vet as soon as you notice any change in their behavior. Parrots will hide any injury or illness until it is almost too late to help them. So it is up to you be very vigilant to ensure your parrot’s wellbeing.
Caring For Your Pet Bird
Do You Know How to Keep Your Bird Healthy and Safe?
With dogs and cats being the most common pets in homes, the information on how to properly care for pet birds is not near as great. Many owners learn their skills through trial and error, which sometimes results in sick, dead, or ill behaved birds.
With this in mind, a leading avian veterinarian stepped up to write a guide for all bird owners, new or advanced. Dr. Joel Murphy has created a book that is a must have for all bird owners!
What Can You Learn that You Didn’t Know?
It might surprise you to know how much there is to know about bird care! Many mistakes can easily be avoided and your bird can have a long and healthy life. Inside Dr. Murphy’s How to Care for Your Pet Bird you’ll find valuable chapters of information on subjects like:
Pet bird nutrition: Easy approach to correct nutrition. Did you know the #1 cause of illness is malnutrition?
Pet bird misconceptions: What are those myths and misconceptions about birds that might be a problem? Learn the truth!
Veterinarian: You need one for your bird too, and it’s not that easy to find one. Learn what a good bird doctor looks like and how to find that person.
Bird care: How to housetrain your bird and properly care for him to keep him healthy.
Bird illness: Learn what early symptoms look like and when you need to go to the veterinarian.
Emergencies: When is it an illness and when is it an emergency situation? Learn to spot the difference and know what is an emergency for your bird.
Beak issues: Learn more about your bird’s beak and what disorders he could suffer from.
Feather plucking: Why does he do it and how to help stop it?
Infectious diseases, fungal problems, and viruses from minor to severe.
Parasites and how to deal with them if they occur
Baby birds: Caring for baby birds and how to detect any disorders.
Aviary management: Basic and advanced information for optimum bird care.
The experts agree that Dr. Murphy’s How to Care for Your Pet Bird is a valuable book for anyone:
“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.” Phillip Samuelson, Technical Editor, Bird Talk and Bird Breeder
“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!” Susan Chamberlain, Contributing Editor, Bird Talk