Parrot illness and injury prevention is much easier than finding a cure

It’s so much easier to prevent illness and injury in a parrot than it to fix and cure it. Birds hide illness well. Vet bills can be terribly expensive. Injury can happen so fast. While you can’t prevent everything, there are things that you can do and that will help prevent harm to your parrots.   

  •  Throw out non-stick products such as cookware or donate them.Keep doors and windows closed when your bird is out of the cage. (Warning birds have been know to chew holes in screens and have escaped that way).
  • Before you allow your flighted bird out make sure they know their way around and supervise them at all times to prevent injury.
  • Clean your house with bird friendly products such as vinegar and baking soda and invest in a steam mop, stick vacuum, steam cleaner, or hand held vacuum for clean ups.
  • Clean your bird’s cage on a weekly basis and wipe down daily.
  • Offer at least daily clean fresh water. Goldie gets fresh water twice a day.
  • Install a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector.
  • Check bedding and toys everytime you clean the cage (daily) for strings, frayed edges, holes, or any toy that appears broken, worn, or in the least bit hazardous. Bird can get themselves caught and strangled in a toy or bed.
  • Secure items that can fall on playing or flying birds.
  • Have a yearly vet wellness checkup.
  • Offer your bird a bath as often as it wants one.
  • Learn the signs of illness in a bird.
  • Check your bird’s weight weekly and make note of changes.
  • Make sure your bird is offered regular play time. A happy well exercised bird is a happy healthy bird.
  • If you have cats, dogs, or other parrots always supervise when your bird is out playing.
  • Never use the self cleaning feature on an oven with the bird in the house.

Last but not least, diet. A balanced diet can ward off so many illnesses in our pet birds. Fresh pesticide free fruits and vegetables, sprouts, grains, nuts, cooked beans, and pellets with minimal seed are the way to go. Always check with your avian vet/breeder about your bird’s diet needs. For example mutation parrotlets that are white, blue, yellow being very tiny should not eat pellets as it may contribute to kidney problems.

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