The Library - Bird Education
Toxins in Pet Birds
Toxin = Poison - Poison = illness which often leads to death
There is no comprehensive list of items that can be toxic to birds. Remember that your bird with a smaller body mass, higher metabolic rate, and faster respiratory rate often will be more sensitive to a poisonous substance than a larger creature.
Birds Will Be Birds
As one who fancies birds, you know that each bird is different. A parrot is as different from a robin as a horse is from a cat. In general terms, your pampered house cat is more closely related to a lion than a conure is to a cockatoo. When we name birds we name them by species not by breeds, and this is much different than comparing a Great Dane to a Chihuahua. We remind our pet owners that their canine and feline companions are NOT "little people in fur suits" and birds are definitely not little dogs and cats in "feather suits." We know more about the behavior, individual health problems and nutritional needs of birds today than we did 50 years ago. However, there is still much more to learn.
Tips to Keep Your Parrot Healthy
Give lots of attention with proper leadership. Training your parrot on a regular basis gives you the opportunity to develop a healthy relationship as well as becoming familiar with his or her "normal" behavior and response to stimuli.
The Heartbreak of Feather-Picking
"Why does my beautiful bird pull his feathers out?"
Feather-picking can be mild, moderate, or severe. Mild may just be chewing a few feather tips, with moderate including removal of feathers, and severe resulting in self-infliction of wounds. This severe form is termed "Mutilation Syndrome" and can result in damage of skin and muscle that may lead to nerve damage, hemorrhage and infections. The simple answer to the "Why?" is STRESS! But how can my bird --- that I dote on and give everything he wants --- be stressed? Part of Webster's definition of "stress" includes "a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or emotional tension and may be a factor in disease causation. Using this definition, we must consider physical as well as psychological causes.