The importance of diet for avian health should not be underestimated. Many pet birds are not fed a balanced and varied diet which results in dietary deficiencies, obesity, shorter lifespans and reduced quality of life. Contrary to popular belief, seeds and nuts should NOT be a regular part of a pet bird's diet, but reserved as treats only. Avian veterinarians recommend feeding pet birds a diet that consists of approximately 75% pellets and 25% vegetables and fruits.
Birds fed a proper, balanced diet live longer, have better colour and feather condition and are generally healthier and more active than their seed-only friends. We stock and recommend Harrison's bird pellets and we are happy to give nutritional advice and information specific to the type of pet bird you have.
No cage is too big! The largest cage that can be accommodated in the home is ideal. Newspaper is often used as a cage liner and a daily clean of the cage floor and bowls is recommended. A weekly thorough clean of the cage is best practice.
Birds are very intelligent and require daily mental stimulation in order to live a happy life and prevent the development of behavioural problems. Environmental enrichment should be provided through activities and toys that involve foraging for food and human interaction. Exercise can be achieved through flight, swinging and climbing.
Birds are excellent at hiding illness, so regular check ups are recommended. When birds do appear ill, they are often very unwell and may present to the veterinary clinic as an emergency case. In these cases, the bird will be triaged on arrival and provided heat, fluids and oxygen and allowed to stabilise prior to a full examination being performed.
Please ask us for detailed printed information on bird care and nutrition when you are next visiting the clinic.