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(Date Posted:01/05/2018 10:14 PM)
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RE:Bird infor
(Date Posted:01/05/2018 10:17 PM)



1. Birds are intelligent animals. In the animal kingdom, birds rank near the top when it comes to smarts. Their capacity for learning and inquisitive nature makes them fascinating, captivating pets. Birds that are bonded with their owners constantly learn from the person's behavior, and often delight them with surprisingly human-like antics. Think about it:
when is the last time a dog looked up at you and said "Hello"?

2. They are relatively easy to care for. As opposed to four-legged pets that typically roam free within their owners homes, birds are much easier to care for. They can be placed inside their cages when you are at work or busy, they don't require daily walks outside, and housebreaking is not an issue. Many people prefer the convenience of cleaning a cage once daily to scooping a litter box or having to go for walks outside every few hours.

3. Birds are fairly simple to train.
Because of their above average intelligence, birds can be a joy to train and are typically eager to learn new things from their owners. Since birds are relatively small, training them can be less physically demanding than working with larger creatures, making them a good choice for the young, elderly, or disabled.

4. They require minimal grooming.
Birds are naturally very hygienic animals, and they preen their feathers daily to keep them shiny and clean. Rather than having to deal with smelly shampoos, flea baths, and expensive haircuts, bird owners can usually maintain their pet's health and good looks with a quick nail trim now and then and a shower of plain water once or twice each week.

5. Birds are extremely social creatures.
If you want a pet that will bond strongly with you, a bird is a wonderful choice. Given proper training and socialization, birds can be every bit as loving and affectionate as a cat or dog. Many pet birds are inseparable from their owners, some even accompanying them on daily errands such as trips to the bank or grocery store.

6. Birds are fairly inexpensive to feed.
It's important to provide pet birds with a high quality pelleted diet, but they can also benefit greatly from foods that their owners share with them. When you serve fresh fruits or vegetables in your home, you can set a portion aside for your bird's meal. This provides the pet with additional nutrients and variety, and allows owners to "stretch out" the commercial diets they buy. Just make sure that the foods you share with your pet aren't toxic to birds!

7. They can be kept in a small space.
Small bird species, such as budgies, canaries, and finches, make wonderful pets for those who live in apartments or condominiums with limited space. While larger pets require extra room to romp and play, a small bird's cage can easily fit into a cozier living space.

8. Birds are not considered "pets" at most rental properties.
Owners of rental property often impose monthly "pet fees" on tenents that have cats and dogs. Most landlords, however, do not consider birds to be pets, effectively relieving bird owners of the extra charges. For this reason, a bird can be a very economical choice for renters who wish to adopt a pet.

9. Pet birds are attractive to look at.
Obvious as it may seem, the aesthetic value of owning a bird should not be underestimated. It was, after all, a bird's beauty that attracted mankind to them in the first place. Birds display beautiful colors and comical behavior patterns that are interesting to watch and have even proven to lower stress levels in individuals! It can't be denied that birds bring a certain life and vibrance to the homes that they grace.

10. They are long-lived companions.
Those who have experienced the heartbreak of losing a long time pet are often not eager to repeat the process any time soon. Many bird species live extraordinarily long lives, some living more than 100 years! This often eases the concerns of people who want to make sure they adopt a pet that they can love and enjoy for a very long time.  

(Message edited by Goldenmom On 02/25/2018 11:17 AM)
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RE:Bird infor
(Date Posted:01/05/2018 10:25 PM)

10 Signs to Look for When Picking a Bird 

Lianne McLeod, DVM

There are a number of things you can look out for and assess when you are picking out a pet bird. Following this checklist is no guarantee of getting a healthy bird (especially since birds are excellent at hiding signs of illness) but it does give you an idea of what you should definitely avoid. Some of the items on the list take a bit of practice to apprectiate what is "normal" and what is not; you can get a bit of practice by observing birds (friends, pet stores, etc.) before starting the search for your bird. Here is a 10 point checklist you can use when looking at birds.

1. Activity Level
Look for a bird that is active and alert, and interested in what is going on. Younger birds often sleep more than adults, but still usually wake up and are interested in new people and activity around their cage. Avoid birds that are puffed up, sleepy, or reluctant to move (signs of illness).

2. Eyes
Should be clear and bright, with no discharge or swelling.

3. Nostrils
Should be clear of discharge or blockages. Scaliness around the nostrils can indicate a mite infestation.

4. Beak
The top and bottom parts of the beak should meet evenly, without gaps, and in good alignment. The top part of the beak should not be overgrown or overly pointy, and the edges of the beak should be smooth.

5. Feathers
Look for birds that have shiny, healthy-looking feathers with no downy feathers showing through. There should be no bald spots, except in Lutino cockatiels which often have a bald spot behind the crest. Baby birds take a while to become fully feathered but by the time they are weaned they should have all their feathers and are not fluffy anymore. However, young birds often have frayed feathers and a bit of a dishevelled appearance.

6. Feet

In young birds, the feet should be smooth and soft, while in older birds they are usually a bit more scaly in appearance. However, watch for overly scaly feet which can be a sign of problems. The feet should be free of bumps or sores.

7. Vent
The vent is the area around the combined opening of the urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems (just in front of the tail on the underside of the bird). This area should be clean and dry, free of matted feathers or fecal material.

8. Body Condition
This is a bit more difficult to assess since you need to be able to feel the chest of the bird. Get the seller to hold the bird on its back, and try to feel the keel bone, which is a long, thin, flat bone that protrudes from the chest wall (breast bone) of the bird and runs down the midline of the bird from the chest to the belly. In a bird in good condition, the keel can be felt but its edge is nearly even with the muscles on the chest. In an underweight bird, the keel bone is very prominent and in an obese bird it is very difficult to feel. You want a bird that is in good condition and not too skinny (although newly weaned birds are often a bit thin) or too fat. More detail on feeling the keel is available in "
How Do I Assess a Bird's Body Condition?"

9. Breathing
Should be regular, quiet and not strained. Wheezing, clicking, shorting, or heavy, laboured breathing can be a sign of respiratory problems.

10. Attitude to People 

This is not so much a health issue but gives you an idea of how the bird relates to people, which is important in determining what kind of pet it will be. Ask to handle the bird. Ideally, look for a bird that is very social, readily coming to you and staying calm throughout handling. A bird that initially resists a bit but warms up to you also has potential. A bird that panics when you try to handle it and bites or shrieks is probably not a good pick.

Life Span

Pet birds can be quite long lived -- potential owners need to be aware of the age their bird might reach and be prepared to provide proper care for the bird over its entire life span. As a general rule, the larger the bird, the longer the expected life span. Listed below are some estimated life spans for common parrots and other pet birds. These are of course based on a healthy bird kept under ideal conditions. In reality there is quite a wide range in the age that pet birds might reach, and certainly some will even live longer than the ages listed below:

Finches - 15 years
Canaries - 15 years
Budgies - 15 years
Cockatiels - 20 years
Lovebirds - 20 years
Conures - 30 years
Amazons - 50 years
African Greys - 50 years
Cockatoos - 65 years
Macaws - 60 years
Doves and Pigeons - 20 years

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RE:Bird infor
(Date Posted:01/05/2018 10:27 PM)


Tips That Will Help You Choose
The Best Pet For Your Family

Alyson Burgess

It happens all too often: An unsuspecting person pays a visit to a neighborhood pet store. Once inside, they round a corner to find themselves face to face with a beautiful, vividly colored Macaw who greets them with a boisterous "Hello!" Instantly, the person is smitten, and minutes later they are driving home with their new parrot.

Many people that find themselves in this situation are unaware that Macaws can live for close to 100 years. Some have no idea that these birds have special dietary requirements, or that they need to be handled and let out daily. Often, situations like these lead to unhappy owners and unwanted birds. Make sure that this does not happen to your family by reviewing these tips on choosing the right bird for you!

What Size Bird is Best for You?

As a rule, the bigger the bird, the bigger the commitments involved with keeping it. Large birds can make exceptional companions, but are often louder, messier, and more demanding than smaller species. For these reasons, it is generally recommended that novice bird owners start out with a small to medium sized bird. The size of your bird will be important in determining how you will care for your pet, as far as training, housing requirements, and overall interaction. Before you buy a pet, it's important to think realistically about how much bird you can handle.

Behavior and Temperament

Do you want a bird that will be eager to come out of his cage and socialize, or would you prefer a pet that likes to be seen but not touched? The way your bird relates to you will be an important factor in the quality of your ownership experience. Keeping this in mind, it is important to note that different species of birds exhibit various behavior patterns and dispositions. 

An African Grey will behave quite differently from a Canary, for example. Those in the market for a pet bird should make sure to research the
species that they are interested in so they can choose the bird whose
personality will be most compatible with their own.

Nutrition and Maintenence

Some birds require specific diets or other special care. Lories, for example, are beautiful medium sized birds admired around the world for their striking colors. They have highly specialized digestive systems, however, which require them to be fed a diet of pollen, nectar, and fruit. This in turn causes them to produce liquid droppings, making it necessary to clean their cages more frequently than those of other species. While there are countless good reasons to buy a pet bird, issues like this are why it is so
important for potential owners to learn as much as they can about their favorite species before bringing one home.

Budget and Finances

Keeping a bird can be expensive, and much of that expense can be related to the type of bird involved. Larger birds sometimes have an initial purchase price of thousands of dollars, and these species generally require costly cages and accessories that boost the bill even higher. Even smaller birds, while often initially less expensive, still present their owners with various financial obligations. Some birds can live a very long time, and those that own them are responsible for feeding, housing, and providing them with veterinary care throughout their lives. All of these factors should
be considered when choosing a bird so that you end up with a pet whose upkeep you can afford.

Time Commitments

Some bird species, particularly the hookbills, require daily exercise, interaction, and time out of their cages. Are you able to spare at least two hours a day to socialize with your bird and supervise his out of cage activities? If not, a Finch, Canary, or other more independent species
may be best for you. To ensure that your pet stays healthy and happy, you should consider how much time you have available to spend with your bird when deciding which kind you would like to own.

For those that put a little effort into selecting a pet that will be compatible with their lifestyle, bird ownership can be a tremendously enriching experience. A little research and careful thought can go a long way in making sure that your relationship with your pet is destined to be a good one. By resisting the urge to buy a bird on impulse and keeping these important tips in mind, you are sure to make the right decision about which species will be best for your family. ... gabird.htm

(Message edited by Goldenmom On 02/25/2018 12:37 PM)
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