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Bird Care
     & Information
Taking a bird into your heart and your home is a great joy.  But it also carries with it a lot of responsibility.  We highly recommend that you do research online, through your local library and to talk to breeders before you  decide to purchase a bird.  Even if you do not decide to call on us please find a breeder or someone who is knowledgeable about the parrot of your choice.  Make sure that this is the right bird for you and your family. 
The biggest thing to keep in mind is that a bird is a long term commitment, you can't just buy it and forget it.  Birds are very social creatures and they can only thrive if they are provided an enviroment that supplies them with interaction with their "flock".  When you add a bird to your home, you become that "flock". 
Secondly, is the cost.  Can you afford a bird?  Aside from the initial investment (cost of the bird, cages, etc.), you have the monthly costs of food.  There is a big debate between breeders between seed and pelleted diets.  We recommend a combination of both.  We serve ABBA feeds to all of our birds, as well as, fresh fruits and vegetables.All of our babies are weaned onto ABBA and Zupreem  Fruit Blend. {Our Mischeif even has his own plate and eats supper with us!} 
Then you also have the cost of routine Vet care.  Even if your bird is never sick, which hopefully it is not, then you do need routine check-ups. 
Next, do you have time for a bird?  Birds require a good deal of time.
They are not just a new, hot item in the house.  They are now a part of the family.  They require good, quality time, just like a child.  You have to be willing to spend this time with them.  You are now their "flock".
You also have to consider things like the noise and the mess.  Are you willing to put up with these?  It seems like the larger the bird, the bigger the mess, and almost always, the more noise.  I had a Quaker once that would throw his food and small toys out, then when I would go to retrieve them he would laugh.  (It sounded like a laugh, anyway.)
I do not say this to discourage you.  Too many people either do not know or do not really consider these things when they decide to purchase a bird.  Then these birds become unwanted and end up in rescues with screaming or plucking problems to name a few.  We recommend that you seriously consider the type of bird you are getting BEFORE you purchase.  That way, you and the bird will be happier for it.
Below are links to Information Sheets that include a lot of useful information on bird care.  These are for all birds in general.  For species specific information sheets, refer to the navigation on the left for the particular bird. All are in Adobe PDF format.  If you do not have Adobe Reader you can download it click here.  It is a safe, free download.
These are best read before you decide to get a bird.   They might help you decide if a pet bird is right for you.
This is a list of the most common foods that could cause your pet illness or even death.  Also included is the contact information for Poison Control.
Top Toxic Foods.pdf (PDF — 19 KB)
These two go together.  There are many bird safe woods that perches and toys can be made out of, if you know what they are.  This list is not all inclusive.  There are more that I don't know.  When in doubt though, DON'T USE!
Perches.pdf (PDF — 29 KB)
There is what seems like an age old debate:  to fly or not to fly.  We suggest that all pet parrots should have their flight feathers trimmed at regular intervals to avoid accidents and/or escape.  If you do decide to keep your parrots feathers trimmed, we are including this simple guide to help you see how it should be done.  This is only required usually about once every four to six months when you see new feather growth of the primary flight feathers.
These are but just a few of the items that you should be aware of as a bird owner or potential bird owner.  Watch for more information coming soon.  Also, check out other resources on the internet.


DISCLAIMER:  Any advice or information found on our website is intended for information and education only.  It is not intended to replace the advice of your avian veterinarian. 

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