Category: Birds

Feeding Your Bird

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?

Chocolate Toxicity In Animals

Chocolate can be a killer! Although chocolate is one of our favourite treats, it contains a substance that is poisonous to animals. Toxicity, or poisoning, is most common in dogs because of their habit of

Feather Picking in Birds

Can’t work out why your bird is plucking out its feathers? There could be many reasons. Parrots are especially prone to feather plucking and self-mutilation. Why is my bird mutilating itself? There are many possible

Keeping a Budgerigar

The budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus), also known as a parakeet or more commonly a budgie, is the most popular pet bird worldwide. This small and beautiful bird originates from the drier regions of Australia. Their natural

Housing Large Birds

Large birds such as cockatoos, African greys and Amazon parrots have special housing requirements. The size of the cage, type of perch and accessories for the cage are important. What size cage do I need?

Chlamydiosis (Psittacosis) In Birds

Chlamydiosis, also known as Psittacosis or Parrot Fever, is a common disease of birds. The disease can cause chronic infections, asymptomatic infections, or sudden death. The disease can also be transmitted to people. It is

Travelling With Pets

Are you thinking of taking your pet on holidays with you this year? Even a short trip to the vet requires planning to ensure your pet travels safely. Most pets generally tolerate travel well, and

Taking Care of Your Bird’s Beak and Nails

Most birds are naturally very active during the day and would normally encounter a huge variety of perching textures and perch sizes in their wild environment. This, along with ordinary preening and grooming, wears the toenails

Moulting in Caged Birds

It’s moulting time, there are lots of lost feathers in your flights and everything looks a little shabby for a while… is it that big a deal?

Bird Cage Hygiene

Most birds have the misfortune of eating in their bathroom and defecating in their kitchen. It is essential to keep a bird’s environment as clean as possible. The bottom of the cage should be lined

Pets are good for your health

Your pet can be a wonderful companion and bring endless joy and happiness into your life. There are so many things you can do with your pet – play games, go for walks, explore the

Parasites Of Birds

Unlike dogs and cats, parasites are not commonly diagnosed in pet birds. When present, however, they can cause generalized debilitation for the birds. Some parasites cause specific clinical conditions. When present, they can be symptomatic