One of the great myths about owning birds is that all they need to eat is seed. This is no more true of birds than it is about us. So what do we feed our birds?
A sad fact of pet ownership is that, when you take a pet into your life, you are likely to have to face the eventual death of that pet. Commonly, you will have to face the decision that your pet has to be ‘put to sleep’.
Most of us would agree that cats are wonderful pets but, to some, the trespassing of cats is a nuisance, the source of many complaints and the cause of much neighbourhood disharmony. So how do you keep your yard cat free?
Different species are prone to different causes of feather and skin conditions. Knowing the common conditions in the species of bird you keep can be a great help in managing your birds.
Once you have taken your bird home, you become fully responsible for its care and well-being. It is not good enough to just put them in a cage with some seed and water, and hope for the best.
Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD) is a disease that leads to feather loss and can eventually develop into ‘bald parrot syndrome’.
Chickens are easy to keep healthy, but there are some common conditions and diseases that you need to watch for or you may end up having a crook chook.
It is very desirable to have a tame, affectionate and interactive bird as a family pet. Some birds can be more difficult to befriend than others but the ultimate goal is to earn the bird’s trust and respect.
Birds have learnt to hide signs of illness in order to survive. This instinct, known as the masking phenomenon, is just as strong in pet birds as it is in wild birds. Learn how to recognise the early warning signs.
Pets behaving badly are a family menace and the solutions are often frustratingly evasive. You need to know how to set humane and effective limits for wrongful behaviours - these ten hints may help make your pet a better buddy.