Companion parrots are good at hiding any illnesses that they may have so this makes it difficult to know when they are sick until it is too late.
Here are some signs you should look for if you suspect there is something wrong with your feathered friend.
1. Decreased appetite – Be aware of your feathered friend’s normal eating habits and watch to see if anything has changed.
2. Lethargy/weakness – I have noticed that my flock likes to take a nap after eating their veggies. If you notice that your feathered baby is taking more than just their normal nap…then it may be cause for concern.
3. Difficulty or increased rate of breathing. Parrots tend to breathe faster than humans especially when frightened by something. However, if you notice that your feathered friend is breathing differently and they do not look frightened then it could signal a problem.
4. Repeated episodes of regurgitation or vomiting. – A lot of my flock members regurgitate to me as a sign of affection (I always try to discourage this behavior). However if your feathered friend is vomiting or regurgitating too much a vet check is in order.
5. A change in the appearance or frequency of its droppings. – I am always aware of how each one of my flocks droppings look. Depending on what they have eaten. Be aware of what you have fed your feathered friend and if nothing in their diet has changed but their droppings have then this could be a sign of a problem.
Be observant. The most important advice I can give is become aware of your feathered friends normal behaviors this way if there is any change you will be aware of this change immediately and can seek help if necessary.
A balanced diet plays an important role in your feathered friends health and well being.
As a bird owner for more than twenty years……information regarding your bird’s diet is much more prevalent today than it was twenty years ago.
Twenty years ago a “Seed” diet was the norm. Today a diet that consists of Pellets and fruits and vegetables is the norm. A diet of Pellets and fruits and vegetables creates a more balanced diet….thus a healthy bird. Research has shown a diet rich in just “seeds” can create a “overweight” bird which can lead to health problems.
Click on the link below to read an article by Robyn Bright of Pet Age Magazine entitled “Fat Versus Fiction”.
Pet Age Article Aug 2012 PDF
The Perfect Habitat for your Parrot
I know with a flock of five birds Parakeet (Snowy), African Grey (Jerry), Double Yellow Head Amazon (Kiwi), Severe Macaw (Buddy) and an Umbrella Cockatoo (Marshmellow), I am always trying my best to accommodate and replicate each of their natural habitats by way of temperature, humidity and lighting but it is sometimes a hard task to do.
Click the link below (PDF File) for an article from Robyn Bright from Pet Business Magazine July 2010 issue as she speaks of the importance of temperature, humidity, and lighting in your feathered friends life.
The Perfect Habitat for your Parrot by Robyn Bright
How do you manage your Parrot(s) environment? I would love to hear from you?
If you are new to birds or if you have had birds for a long time, one has to wonder why does my bird molt (lose its feathers every couple of months and new ones grow in). Every bird or parrot molts….it is just a question of when. Depending upon the species, hormones and the age of the bird, all molts are different.
Below is a link (PDF file) for an interesting article I found written by Dr. Susan L. Clubb for Pet Age Magazine entitled “Molting 101” Also this article explains some of the different types of feathers a parrot has. My Amazon “Kiwi” has eyelashes which are called Bristles. Amazons are known to have Bristles.
Why Does my Bird Molt? (PDF File)
Sun Conure Sleeping
As I was putting my birds to bed tonight I started thinking about how important it is to have daily routines for our birdies. Every night, I sing to our flock but not just a song to the group. Each of our birds gets a separate song just for them. No, I am not a good singer and no I would never try out for American Idol but my birds love it. I guess they are tone deaf (LOL).
It is important to establish routines for our birdies so that they can feel secure that certain things will happen at certain times of the day or night. I always try to put my birds to bed at the same time every night. I know that sometimes that is hard to do because life just gets in the way. Nevertheless, I really try to be consistent with their bed time. I never miss a night of singing to them even when I am really tired. Tonight I realized that from start to finish (cleaning their cages, changing water and pellet dishes and of course singing) it takes me and my husband about 1 hour to get all my guys tucked in for bed.
All my birds seem to look forward to this nightly ritual and I think it helps them feel secure that they are safe and that their flock leaders (my husband and I ) are safe.