ANVC's Exotic Pet Library
It is advisable to have your bird examined once yearly by a Veterinarian to ensure it is healthy. You should seek Veterinary attention if you notice any of the following: bleeding, not eating, inability to perch, trouble breathing, looking "fluffed up", trouble laying eggs, runny stools, sneezing, discharge from the eyes or nose. Birds are very good at hiding signs of illness - in general any bird that looks sick is often very sick indeed!
The common parakeet or Australian budgie has been a favourite pet with bird lovers for many years. In general they are very easy to feed and care for. They do have a unique requirement for iodine and they should be provided with a supplement in their water or in a vitamin block.
The Cockatiel is native to Australia and has an ideal diet of 80% pellets, 10% seeds and 10% fresh fruits and veggies. Many are eating all seed diets; in order to change them over to pellets, mix the pellets in with the seeds until they are eating a few pellets. Then gradually increase the amount of pellets fed over time. If cockatiels are fed a seed diet they must have an avian vitamin supplement added to their water.
Parrots & Other Birds
Birds encompass such a diverse group of creatures that it is impossible to make many generalizations on their care and feeding. Vitamin deficiencies, due to improper diet, are one of the most common problems in pet birds. Make sure your bird is getting an appropriate vitamin supplement. Take some time and do some research on the proper diet for your species of bird; many have unique requirements.
Fumes from Teflon cookware are toxic to birds so keep them away from the kitchen when cooking. Birds are particularly sensitive to a number of chemical fumes such as; paint, carpet cleaners and varnishes - in general if you are concerned something may harm your bird it probably could! If you let your bird outside the cage to exercise beware of windows, ceiling fans and other pets. In general if you want to let your bird out of the cage it is best to have its wings clipped at first, until it gets used to its environment. This can be done by a Veterinarian.