8 Simple actions you can take to keep your bird healthy

mitch-holding-peaches with veterinary restraint griip
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1 – Weigh your bird

Birds are prey animals. Evolution has taught them that if they look weak they are more subject to an attack by a predator in the wild. Thus it is not uncommon to see a bird appear to be healthy one day then fall over dead the next because there’s no visual symptoms like you can see with a cat or dog.

One of the most precise tools you can obtain for a mere $19 is our best bird scale ever which can be used to weigh birds from budgies to large macaws.

When you weigh your bird regularly at least twice a month you can easily see large swings in weight gain or loss possibly indicating an illness without being visible by looking at the bird.

african grey parrot on back on old food scale

Peaches came to us at 108 g she should be close to 120 g (male Senegal parrots should be 130 g 140 g) in addition to her regular diet of Higgins Safflower Gold or Hagen Tropimix I give her lots of fresh walnuts, (I crack them open for her) unshelled almonds and sunflower seeds.

Yes, there are those that say “my vet said that’s too fatty for my bird” which it is when your bird’s wings are clipped and it resides in a cage much of its life.

Peaches has yet to fly because her wings have not grown out fully but I make her walk up a ladder several times a day and she usually even goes to the top of her cage and I then take her down again and repeat it. I’m trying to get her to walk down the ladder which she won’t do, although she climbs down the ladder on her playstand. I am employing clicker training to motivate this new activity until she is fully flighted.

Find out what your bird’s weight should be here

2 – Toweling/Restraint

This baffles me – I see the same issue with cat People, they can’t get their cat into a carrier to go to the vet.

It’s so important to practice toweling and restraining your bird because there will be a time in the birds long life that it will need to be restrained for medical treatment or even grooming.

Heck, it took me 65 years to sprain an ankle. A while back I made a video using Popcorn are cockatiel to show what I called the Zombie Death Grip. This is the proper way to restrain a bird taught to me by an avian veterinarian.

As soon as I posted the video on YouTube you would think that I was drowning puppies. How dare I this and you’re an idiot that.

I recently posted a “softer” video on bird restraint produced by:

Susan Orosz PhD DVM Diplomat American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Avian) European College of Zoological Medicine (Avian).

Once again if you read the thread in the video below some comments are mind numbing

“someone needs to give that woman a dose of reality!!!! what a load of crap”

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