Avian Health

Screening & Worming


  • An initial screening test for psitticossis for all birds; and beak and feather for members of the cockatoo family is recommended, if purchasing a new bird from a pet shop, or a breeder that cannot guarantee their stock.


  • All of birdtalks breeding stock has been tested and are kept indoors to prevent contamination from wild birds.



All birds should be wormed regularly. Our breeding birds are wormed at the start of each season.



Sleep, Sunlight & Showering

Birds need plenty of sleep. In the wild they usually roost as sunset, and get up at sunrise. We maintain this routine, by putting them to bed at sunset (into their sleep cage). Its good to place them in an area of natural light to wake them up at sunrise.


Birds require plenty of natural sunlight (not filtered through glass (as this blocks some UV light required to stimulate vitamin absorption). They also require plenty of stimulation as they are often busy in a natural environment, foraging for food, and interacting with their mates or other members of their flock. Many hand-reared birds will ply with toys.


  • toys

  • branches to chew

  • swings

  • things to climb on such as nets, stands, climbing nets and spirals etc.

  • foraging toys

  • company with their owners and other perch mates. Most bird veterinarians recommend your bird has a perch mate as they are flock animals in the wild.


On warm days many birds that like a shower get a light mist from the hose to help cool off, and to assist with hygiene and grooming. Smaller birds usually bath in their water bowls. Regular showering is recommended (once per week), and can help prevent over grooming and maintain plumage in good condition. Water will bead off of healthy feathers on most species. Note: keep warm in winter (shower on warm days only and let your bird dry in the sun or with the heater on if in colder climates).