do birds fly?
design of their wings is the most important feature, the shape, the
bone structure and the feathers. It is the up draught of air pushing
up on the underside of the wings that keeps the bird airborne.
of the wings in different directions gives birds the ability to slow
down, speed up and change direction. If a large surface area of wing
is exposed to on-coming air movement it will slow down the bird. If
less surface area is exposed the bird with move faster.
have hollow bones which are filled with air, which means they are much,
much lighter than we are in proportion to their size
have well developed and powerful chest muscles which move the wings
to get them airborne
should I prepare my Birds home?
first few days your bird is in its new home will be very stressful for
it. Make sure you five the bird time to acclimate to its new environment.
Have the cage, dishes and toys all ready before you bring the bird home.
Set the cage up in a well-used area of your home, i.e. the lounge and
give the bird a few hours to explore its new home.
can I do to help the bird settle in?
the bird a lot of love and reassurance
hover over the bird, it will be distracted by your presence and will
not approach the food. Give it 15-20 minutes before you go back to it.
the bird treats from your hand to get it used to you, never let the
bird explore your mouth, the birds immune system cannot handled your
germs and bacteria.
should I feed my Bird?
need a wide variety of fresh foods to supplement the seeds and/or pellets
you give them daily.
An extra dish can be placed in the cage with little goodies in it:
- Shredded meat or pasta leftovers
- Chopped fruit or vegetables (no added salt or butter)
- Hard boiled eggs
- Bean Sprouts
things that you eat are safe for your bird, with the exception of avocado,
which has been shown to be poisonous to birds.
feeding them heavily salted, sweet or fatty foods
give a bird anything with alcohol in it as their livers cannot process
spray is a good daily treat
seeds are a good source of vitamins
is an excellent source of calcium, birds that do not get enough calcium
get soft bones and female birds that are lacking may die if they try
to lay eggs. You can also get calcium powder supplements from a vet
or a health food store.
bird must have fresh water at all times
can I care for my birds health?
care involves nail and beak trimming, avoid:
perches as they increase foot problems
sprays or containers placed on the cage
toys such as small chain links, objects containing lead, balsa wood
and any sharp objects
pollutants such as cigarette smoke, overheated Teflon utensils, insecticide
sprays, access to treated or painted wood, cedar
are the signs that my bird is ill?
- sitting on the floor of the cage
on the body
- stops singing, inactive or sleeping longer
- wheezing or clicks, tail bobbing, laboured respiration
- overly wet, no white colour, change of the dark part
or decreased food consumption
you notice any of the above symptoms consult your vet immediately.