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HEALTH AIDS

Your bird will usually be healthy if she is properly fed, gets plenty of exercise, has necessary vaccinations and is well cared for. When your bird first arrives home, you should schedule an appointment with your avian veterinarian as soon as possible to check her health and get the necessary vaccinations she may need.

Although parasites are uncommon in domestically raised birds, external parasites are more common in birds than internal ones and usually include various species of mites. Regular grooming of your bird is important for a number of reasons including the chance it gives you to check your bird for signs of external parasites.

You will spend many hours taking care of your bird from her youth through her older years. In the first stages, you will spend a lot of time keeping her out of trouble and starting her out on a healthy routine. In later years, you will be working on keeping her healthy.

Items to keep handy include:

  • A bird bath or spray bottle to help your bird keep herself clean and free of parasites
  • A cuttlefish bone to help keep her bill trimmed and to provide calcium
  • A mineral block to help keep her bill trimmed and provide the minerals she needs
  • Vitamin and mineral supplements and specialty foods in case your bird doesn't get all her essential nutrients in her normal diet
  • Bird nail clippers to keep nails properly trimmed (take her to a vet for this until you have been properly trained)
  • First-aid supplies in case of accidents
  • Tweezers or needle-nose pliers for the removal of blood feathers if one is accidentally cut or broken and a blood-stopping product in case you cut into the quick when trimming her nails.

Always remember that at the first sign of any health problem, you should immediately call your avian veterinarian. If an appointment is not needed, they can tell you what steps you need to take to keep your pet healthy.