Bird Health2020-09-22T20:05:01-07:00

BIRD HEALTH

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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Caring for Cockatiels

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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

What Your Parrot is Trying to Tell You

Learning About Your Parrot's Health and Well-being Through Vocalizations and Behaviors   Parrots rank as one of the most vocal bird species in the world. Like other birds, parrots use vocalization and different types of calls to communicate with each other. However, unlike most avian species, parrots can learn and repeat phrases that they overhear from humans. You might be

Basic Nutritional and Dietary Needs of Parrots (Psittacines)

Psittacines, colloquially known as parrots, have been a staple bird companion for humans for thousands of years. Parrots come in all sorts of shapes, colors, and sizes, and some species can be very talkative. Although parrots are very cute, fun pets, they have very strict dietary and nutritional needs that are necessary for them to stay healthy. This article is

Toxic Fumes: PTFE Non-stick Coating Poisoning in Birds

Most of us have heard at one point or another that you can’t cook with non-stick pans around pet birds, and if you have not heard now you know!  The culprit lurking on the pan’s surface is the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE or commonly Teflon) coating that makes the cookware non-stick. PTFE and related coatings (PFOA, PFOS, etc.) emits toxic fumes when

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