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Care Info For Your Bird

Please read the following carefully as it contains important information about the care required for your Bird. Please also refer to our Legal Page, and for any further information, assistance or advice, please contact one of our stores.

The cage size appropriate to the bird will be a function of bird size. The bird should have enough free space to be able to fully open and stretch their wings, and stand on any perch with their tail not touching the cage walls. The base of the inner part of the cage should be flat to allow the birds feet to fully extend open.

Birds have a curious brain and need stimulation like any other pet.  For this reason, we have a wide variety of great play toys for all bird types.  There are toys made with wood, cotton, lava pumice rock, plastic and rawhide. Cotton toys need to be monitored as a bird that pulls threads and eats it should not have this type of toy.

It is important that birds have a variety of different sized and surfaced perches in the cage so that their feet gain grip strength and remain healthy.  We offer different shaped and sized perches with our range of natural wood (treated for bird use), mineral and dowel.  Sand paper perch covers should also be used in places to wear nails and to help the bird clean their beak.

Shell grit and/or grit sheets are important for lining the bottom of the cage because the grit is a very important aid in digestion and the floor cover will collect droppings.

On offer should also be Cuttlefish and Calcium/Mineral treats.  These will be the main source of calcium for the bird and are also used to file the beak down.  Some iodine is beneficial in their diet too to avoid goiter (thyroid imbalance), and Iodine blocks/combo treats are available for this.  Too much iodine though is hazardous, so use a bird seed product without iodine in it and offer a supplement that contains the iodine which the bird will instinctively use when required..

Waterers and Feeders are a necessity to allow the bird to access clean water, and seed - but remember, some birds will not dig - defined by the beak shape, so the seed husks will need to be removed daily. Wet seed is highly dangerous to birds too, so ensure water cannot enter the seed holder.  

The cage should be lightly cleaned once per week and have a complete overhaul once per month.  To avoid the bird getting diseases, use a dedicated Cage Cleaner Spray to disinfect and deodorise the cage, perches and equipment.  Most general purpose cleaners are harmful to birds, so please do not use household cleaners.  Bird transporters are inexpensive and can assist by temporarily containing the bird whilst the cage is cleaned … and they are a great way to take the bird to a friends place, school for show and tell, or the vet.

Variety is important for the bird (just like for us too) so for their food:  Small amounts of mouse muesli, millet sprays, carrots, apples, pears, rock melons, bok-choy, chicory, pasta, endive, tomato, apricot, peach, celery, butternut pumpkin, cucumber, peas, broccoli, beans, corn, nuts, oats, rice, grasses, dandelions, clover and crackers should be added on occasion.  Bottle Brush, Grevillia, and Acacia Wattle can be given, but do not leave in the cage too long as they can ferment and the bird could become intoxicated.

Do not give Iceberg lettuce (no nutrition), avocado or rhubarb (can kill birds).  

Did you know that bird seed is a diet supplement and not a complete diet? We highly recommend using a complete bird specialty food - which we sell and is very economical and cleaner. Our bird seed is all natural and has no iodine added and so it is a great product for which to add your own touches from the above selection to vary their diet, but remember the base diet should be predominantly the bird specialty food. Our blog article discusses this further which you can read here.

Mite and Lice spray must be used because your bird can get mites easily.  Spray the back of the bird from about 30cm, the cage and wooden perches every fortnight.  When using this product, remove the food and water from the cage first.

A bird wormer is used to worm your bird initially and then again in seven days and once every three months thereafter.  Please follow the instructions on the bottle for worming guidelines.

When purchasing one of our birds, you will be taking them from a familiar environment to an unfamiliar one and away from their play friends, and this can cause stress.  In time, they will learn new ways to play and this should include interaction with you.  To aid in the reduction of stress, prevent diarrhoea, and reduce internal bacteria, we suggest you use Sulpha-aid for the first four days and then once per week as a preventative.

A bird bath should be used to keep the bird cool, clean and healthy, and stimulate feather growth.  This is also a fun time for the bird - especially on a hot day.

We recommend handling birds as much as possible.  Clipped wings will grow back after 3-6 months.  Do not try to clip the wing if you are not confident. We are happy to clip friendly bird wings for you.

Make sure that your bird cage position is out of any drafts.  If cold, lightly cover the cage at night.  Do not move the cage from inside to outside too often, as the temperature fluctuations are not good for their health.  Try to maintain seasonal diurnal patterns so that the bird can continue to condition their body throughout the year.

We aim at giving specialist advice backed by quality products and courteous service.

We believe that this will give you the best chance at having the kind of pet you will enjoy. 

We would be grateful if you keep us informed of your new family members progress and we will do our best to assist you in any way we can.

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