Tips to help keep birds healthy

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Rose Best

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.

Pic­ture: PWCA

The Pil­bara Wildlife Car­ers As­so­ci­a­tion takes in lost and aban­doned do­mes­tic birds to re-home them.

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