A Healthy Bird Is A Happy Bird
Being a responsible bird owner means educating yourself on:
- what the common diseases are,
- how to detect them,
- the nutritional needs of your flock; and
- how to best protect your birds from pests and parasites
Friends of a Feather Flock Together: Poultry vs. Pet Birds
Poultry are domesticated birds that are typically raised for the production of meat or eggs. Pet birds, on the other hand, tend to be caged birds not bred for their utility. Although there are many similarities between all the different types of birds, it’s still best to know the unique needs of your particular birds, so you can ensure they thrive and are in optimum health.
Vets: A Sick Bird’s Best Friend
If you suspect that your bird is sick, it is advisable to always get a proper diagnosis from a trusted veterinarian and to treat the disease properly and promptly. Find a vet in your Southern California area here.
If there’s a sudden death in your flock or an unusually high number of sick birds, it is critical that you report it, to help protect your and your neighbor’s healthy birds from a potentially contagious disease.
Call the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s sick bird hotline on (866) 922-2473.
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Basic Care of Canaries
Canaries are popular pet birds that are loved for their beautiful singing and vibrant colors. These birds are relatively easy to care for, making them an excellent choice for first-time bird owners. However, like all pets, canaries require a certain level of attention and care to thrive. In this article, we will discuss the basic management of canaries as pet
Basic Care of Doves
Doves are beautiful, gentle birds that make an amazing pet for novice bird owners. They don’t make a huge ruckus other than their soothing cooing calls and love socializing with humans as well as other doves. While many birds may try to bite their humans or pluck their flock mates, doves rarely exhibit these behaviors. Doves require daily socialization, and
Preparing for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in SoCal: Tips and Resources for Backyard Owners
Our temperate winter climate is not only appealing to the estimated 39 million people that reside in California; it is also the perfect habitat for the approximately 6 million ducks and geese that migrate south in the fall and winter. This migration of waterfowl follows the “Pacific Flyway” which traverses Alaska to the southern tip of Chile. In addition to
Defending Your Pet Bird from Avian Influenza
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) is a highly contagious disease that rapidly spreads from bird to bird. Not only does this disease affect domestic poultry, but also ducks, geese, parrots, quail, pheasants, pigeons, guinea fowl, and many other birds. As you may know already, the United States has been hit hard with a widespread Avian Influenza epidemic this year, occurring
Caring for Cockatiels
Having a pet bird can mean having a playful, dependent companion. Cockatiels, out of all the parrot breeds, are a great starting point for those who wish to have pet birds. They are the smallest of all cockatoo species, and are relatively easy to care for. Although they are simpler to care for, they still have specific diet and husbandry
Foods Toxic to Chickens
What NOT to Feed Your Bird Many backyard chicken owners will give their feathery friends a multitude of treats or table scraps without hesitation. Although some foods that we eat are also edible for chickens, it is important that you don’t mistakenly feed them any foods that are toxic to them but safe for humans. When considering if a food