Dear Parrot Lover,
Did you know that malnutrition is one of the most common illnesses experienced in captive pet birds today?
Sadly, this is mostly due to parrot owners not feeding their parrots a proper diet. This can easily be changed by simply learning about each parrot’s unique dietary needs. Each species of parrot has their own nutritional requirements and understanding them can truly make the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy parrot.
Every parrot in the world, wild or pet, must have access to seeds, grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables. But those parrots that are kept in captivity as pets must also have a diet that is fortified with extra minerals and vitamins.
There are many commercial parrot food companies that manufacture and sell ‘extruded’ parrot food. These can be good places to start to provide your parrot with extra nutrients. However, be careful when feeding your parrot a pelleted diet, especially commercially prepared parrot seed and pellet mixes that contain plenty of brightly colored pellets. These pretty pellets essentially consist of sugary food coloring to make them look more appealing to parrots and their owners alike. But these colorful pellets can be harmful to parrots when they are eaten over a long period of time.
There are also other foods that are highly toxic and should never be fed to pet parrots as they can be quite lethal:
Feeding a nutritional sound diet to a parrot also includes providing them access to clean water at all times. This means changing out their water bowls every time they get soiled. A few parrots are picky eaters and prefer to dunk pieces of their food into their water bowls, which means that you will need to change their water as soon as possible to avoid harboring any bacteria in their water bowl.
All parrots also need to be able to take baths to help keep their dander in check, especially during the summer months when temperatures can soar. You can help your parrot by placing a small bird bath or extra bowl at the bottom of his cage for him to use as a bath. If this is not possible, such as in the case of a bigger parrot and not enough room at the bottom of their cage for a bath dish, then simply use a spray bottle filled with room temperature water. Always use a very gentle mist when spraying your parrot. Never use a stream option as that can actually hurt your parrot.
A Veterinary Perspective on Bird Health
Do You Know Who Your Veterinarian Is?
If you have ever had a dog or cat, you know that it’s pretty easy to find a qualified veterinarian if your pet gets sick. You’ve got an absolute ton of choices at your discretion.
Now, if you have a pet bird, then you know that it’s just not that easy. First, there aren’t many avian veterinarians, and if you do find one, that may be your only choice. You don’t get to be nearly as picky. That’s why it’s so very, very important that you know a lot about bird care and health so that you can hopefully prevent most diseases from happening in the first place.
A Must Have Reference Book for Bird Care
There are a lot of ways you can try to learn about the best way to care for your bird, but you’re always best to reach for an expert, if you can. In this case, the must have book comes right from a well-respected avian veterinarian, Dr. Joel Murphy who has 21 years of clinical veterinarian experience from The Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor.
How to Care for Your Pet Bird takes everything Dr. Murphy has learned in his decades of experience and puts it into an easily accessible e-book. In 22 chapters, you will learn more than you ever thought possible about important bird care subjects like:
Choosing the right bird
Pet bird nutrition
Pet bird misconceptions
Selecting a veterinarian
Infectious diseases, fungal problems, and viruses from minor to severe
You won’t find a more comprehensive e-book!
Don’t Miss Out on This Book!
“How To Care for Your Pet Bird is the consultation you always wished you could have with an avian veterinarian. A “must have” reference for every birdkeeper!” Susan Chamberlain, Contributing Editor, Bird Talk
Regards, Nathalie Roberts