Nutrition: It is important that the birds diet
provide adequate nutrition for growth, reproduction, and resistance
to disease. Adequate nutrition is the most important aspect
to the overall health of the bird.
Many types of bird diseases can be caused by improper nutrition.
Among the principal causes of diseases and death in pet birds
is improper diet.
The most common diet for pet birds is a mixture
of seeds, not pellets. Long storage times and higher temperatures
cause some vitamins in the seeds to lose their potency and thus
are not available for use by the bird. Vitamins, especially
vitamins A & D are an important part of the birds diet and should
be supplemented with one of the Daily
from the BirdCare Co. It is important to supplement B vitamin
complex as most of the B vitamin complex is lost when the birds
hull their seeds. Seeds are a big part of their diet, along
with a good variety of fruits and vegetables. The vitamin B
is in the Daily Essentials.
Birds do not have free choice of all available
foods as they would have in a natural environment. As a result,
they become selective eaters in captivity and vitamin deficiencies
develop. This is where using the BirdCare Co. product, Daily
daily and using Calciboost
(liquid calcium) 2 times a week, will help with not having vitamin
deficiencies in birds.
Birds react to stress in various ways. The stress
of environmental change is extremely hard on birds. Obvious
changes in a bird's appearance, posture or personality are signs
Birds do not adapt to new environments as well
as other animals. Stress in birds can be caused by a number
of factors, such as shipping, illness, diarrhea, dehydration,
hot weather, etc. In all cases, electrolytes are lost. Without
replacement of these electrolytes, the bird can go into shock
and die. Using the BirdCare Co. product, Guardian
Angel, or Energize
will help with electrolytes, dehydration, illness, and diarrhea.
Bird diseases are difficult to diagnose, especially
by the amateur bird keeper. Observe your bird closely for any
signs of illness. Birds hide their problems very effectively.
When birds begin to show obvious signs of illness, they are
already seriously ill. Ruffled feathers, eyes closing as in
a sleeping fashion, sitting low on perches, unusual breathing,
sneezing or rasping are indications of respiratory illness.
Please call us for any help you may need in determining
what is wrong with your bird. We have many medications and supplements
that can help save your bird. If we do not have the answer we
will contact the BirdVet and hope that we can get the answer