Birds | Health & Nutrition.

Make Your Own Bird Treats

A birds diet that is fun and easy. Feeding your bird doesn’t have to mean just seeds or nuts or commercial food. Birds love a good snack too, and many birds need treats to give them variety or additional nutrients in their diet. You can usually buy these treats from any pet store, but a … Continued

A Bird’s Daily Diet

Because of their high metabolism, birds are sensitive to nutritional deficiencies. In the wild, animals find ways to naturally balance their diet. But in the cage, proper nutrition is up to you. Nutritional deficiencies are a leading cause of disease among birds, so knowing what your animal needs is imperative. Birds require a mixture of … Continued

Foods Birds Should Avoid

There are some foods that should be enjoyed in moderation and others your bird should avoid altogether. In captivity, birds’ diets and energy requirements are different from their ancestors in the wild. They no longer have to compete for food, territory, or environmental stability, defend themselves or fly. This is advantageous to the long-term survival … Continued

Your Bird’s Body Language

Just like you, your bird can say a lot with his body. Read on for some tips on translation. Pet birds are known for being very intelligent, emotional, and communicative creatures. It is very important to understand their moods and behaviors so that you can have a better relationship with a healthier bird. Birds express … Continued

Bird Behavior Basics

Most changes in bird behavior are associated with growth development, environment, or bonding with humans. Fortunately, birds are normally healthy and seldom show sudden behavior changes unless ill. Most changes in bird behavior can be associated with growth development, sexual maturity, environment, and even bonding with humans. These behavioral problems can be as simple as … Continued

Bird Beak Problems

Your bird’s beak is a visible sign of his well-being. It’s important to know the signs of an unhealthy beak. The health of your bird’s beak is essential to his overall health. Not only does your bird use his beak to eat, he also uses it to communicate, handle objects, move around, and defend himself. … Continued

How Your Bird Uses its Beak

Your bird can use its beak to do many things important to its survival. Here is a guide for understanding this unique tool. Eating: The primary way your bird uses his beak is simply to eat. There are, however, many different methods of feeding, depending on the type of bird and beak. Below are some … Continued

How to Deal with Feather Plucking

Feather plucking is a very common behavioral disorder in domestic birds, and can be caused by many factors. Feather plucking can frustrate and worry many bird owners. It is a major problem for birds, but is difficult to treat because of its many varied causes. The first thing you need to do is determine if … Continued

Understanding Molting

Molting is a natural process for your bird, but too much molting can indicate a serious health issue. A bird will naturally shed its old feathers and replace them with new ones. Feathers, which are “dead” organic parts – like human fingernails – cannot be repaired by a bird’s natural processes, so they are replaced … Continued

Parasites and Your Bird

Parasite infestation, both internal and external, is avoidable and treatable. Unfortunately, birds are subject to internal parasites just like other animals. Internal parasites (usually intestinal) such as nematodes (roundworms) or flukes and tapeworms come from eggs that may have contaminated the soil, water or food. External parasites, like ticks and mites, are generally more common … Continued

Is Your Bird Overweight?

Obesity poses greater dangers to birds than to other animals. Overweight birds are more common than you may think, and unfortunately, the health effects of excess fat can be quite serious. Among the more serious dangers related to bird obesity is the development of hepatic lipidosis. Hepatic lipidosis: In birds, excess fat is stored in … Continued

Beak Care Basics

Your bird uses her beak for much more than just eating — so be sure to treat it with care. A bird’s beak is not only amazing and versatile, it is also vital to her existence. A bird uses her beak to eat, obtain food and move herself from place to place. It is instrumental … Continued

Monitoring Your Bird’s Health

Birds are capable of masking poor health — often until it is too late to help. Regular at-home and veterinary examinations are important, even if you believe your bird is in good health. Signs of sickness You should be in tune to your bird’s normal behavior. Looking for deviations from normal, and the following visual … Continued

Make your own Bird Treats

Feeding your bird doesn’t have to mean just seeds, nuts and commercial food. Birds love a good snack too, and many birds need treats to give them variety or additional nutrients in their diet. You can usually buy these treats from any pet store, but a fun and potentially de-stressing project would be to make … Continued

Your Bird’s Body Language

Pet birds are known for being very intelligent, emotional, and communicative creatures. It is very important to understand their moods and behaviors so that you can have a better relationship with a healthier bird. Birds express themselves in many ways. Even though you think they may just squawk when they want to tell you something, … Continued