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 needs, as well as common problems that often arise. Here are a few of the specifics in reference to caring for cockatiels: Diet Cockatiels have a naturally diverse diet of grass seeds, grains, berries, and fruits, and therefore
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 item is safe for chickens, you must consider the food item itself and the factors that may contribute to the toxicity of the food. Below is a list of toxins dangerous for all bird species, not just poultry.
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 asking yourself: why would these birds copy humans? This blog will help explain the odd behaviors that your pet parrot might be displaying and the reasoning behind these actions. Why do parrots speak to humans? In the
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 meant to introduce you to the basics of psittacine nutrition. Psittacine Nutrition Basics: Psittacines comprise over three hundred different breeds and each one has slight differences in their nutritional needs. That being said, their diets basically consist of
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 heated that are especially dangerous to birds due to their unique respiratory system. These coatings are the most common source of inhaled poisoning in companion birds. This article will discuss why pet birds are particularly sensitive to PTFE fumes,
Birds in the wild will attempt to hide any signs of illness to protect themselves from appearing weak and appetizing to predators! Although you work hard to keep your pet safe and healthy, this natural survival mode can make it tough to know early on that your bird needs veterinary attention. In this article, we hope to provide you with some simple ways to keep track of their normal routine so that you can detect illness early and get your feathered friend help fast! Regular veterinary care is vital for any new additions and all current pets Before we