Tips to help keep birds healthy
The Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association re-homes lost and abandoned domestic birds.
Here are some tips for keeping your pet bird happy and healthy:
The most common reason pet birds go missing is they do not have their wings clipped.
If you have a pet bird that is taken out of its cage, then it needs to have its wings clipped.
Parrots are flock birds, so one bird on its own becomes easy prey.
Before cutting a bird’s wings, seek advice from someone who knows what they are doing.
Diet is also important. The cheapest seed is no different from us eating takeaway food.
Seed should only make up 60 per cent of the diet, vegetables 10 per cent, fruit 5 per cent and proteins the remaining 25 per cent.
Avocados are deadly to birds.
You must give your bird clean, fresh water in a container such as glass, ceramic or stainless steel.
The old galvanised ones can lead to toxicity.
Just as we would become sick if kept indoors, so will a bird become sick if not given fresh air and sunshine.
Just 5 to 10 minutes of morning sun, or dappled shade, is all that is needed, regularly.
Birds have beaks, and beaks also serve as hands and they like to be kept occupied.
Small branches off native trees, such as gums, gives them something to chew.
It is what they would do in the wild. Give them suitable toys, but be careful of cotton and fibrous ones as these can be ingested.
Cardboard boxes, sticks, nuts in their shell, mirrors and bells are good, but nothing processed or painted.
Toys can easily be made using a bit of imagination.
There is plenty of information on the internet for your particular pet bird.
The Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association takes in lost and abandoned domestic birds to re-home them.