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Catering for all avian species is an interesting challenge. Parrots, consisting of over 350 species covering an enormous geographical range, raptors, pigeons, passerines, waterfowl and domestic species all have varying dietary and environmental requirements.

MacawsThe most important features of keeping birds are:
  1. Do your background research on the environmental requirements, feeding, behaviour and natural characteristics of your desired species. Ensure you have the time and commitment to take on a bird. Use multiple resources and references and do not rely on one source of information, particularly on the internet.
  2. Buy from a good source. We can help advise you on this.
  3. Invest in the correct equipment and environment for your chosen Avian.
  4. Many birds will hide signs of illness until disease is advanced. Be aware of the basic signs of ill health:
    - Unsteady on feet, collapse or falling off the perch
    - Nervous signs, twitching or seizures.
    - Acute injuries or bleeding.
    - Depression, fluffed up, abnormal behaviour.
    - Loss of voice
    - Suspected egg binding or cloacal prolapse.
    - Changes in the appearance of mutes in raptors or droppings in parrots, pigeons and passerines.
    - Failure to empty the crop
    - Anorexia and/or weight loss
    If you observe any of the above make an appointment with Andy or Mark as soon as possible.

  5. Be aware of the transmissible disease risks from birds to humans.
  6. Following purchase have a health check carried out by either Andy or Mark
  7. Annually we will invite parrot owners to bring their feathered friend for a routine health check where we will, along with invaluable blood sampling ,make sure that your avian is in the best possible health.
  8. Consider pet insurance. Most disease investigations involve laboratory tests, radiography and taking other samples. These tests, which are often essential for your petís well-being, can be expensive.
  9. We look forward to welcoming you to the practice and helping you to an enjoyable and rewarding relationship with your new avian.
     

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