Avian Health

Screening & Worming

Birds

  • 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.

 

Worming

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). The facility has natural light to wake them up at sunrise.

 

They go outside into their play areas after breakfast for the day, where there is plenty of natural sunlight, toys, branches and a fantastic natural environment complete with many wild birds flying around, to keep them occupied.

 

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 (once per week), 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 after showering.

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