Help Your Pet Bird To Thrive

By Palani_CML

You’re ready to welcome a brand-new pet into your family; and no, you’re not getting another cat or dog. You’re adopting Peaches, a friendly little avian companion owned by a friend who doesn’t have time to properly care for her. You’ve carefully researched Peaches’ habitat, diet, and socialization needs; and you’ve also scheduled a new patient appointment with your Millsap veterinarian. You really want Peaches to have every chance for a long, healthy life with your family.

Plush Penthouse

First, Peaches needs a spacious cage where she’s got room to move around. Ideally, Peaches’ enclosure should measure at least twice the width and depth of her wingspan. Plan to replace the cage if you notice serious wear and tear on the bars or latch. Keep Peaches’ cage squeaky clean, and change her water at least once daily so it stays free of feces. Finally, provide Peaches with a good selection of play toys, along with foraging toys that contain food and treats. To keep her from becoming bored, rotate a new group of toys into her cage every few days.

Gourmet Food

Peaches really needs a balanced diet that’s appropriate for her specific nutritional needs. Even though parakeets’ and cockatiels’ diets are somewhat different, for example, you’ll also find some similar elements. While you might include seeds as a very small part of Peaches’ diet, nutritional pellets are far more important, making up 75% to 80% of her food blend. Consider supplementing her diet with fresh vegetables cut into bird-sized pieces. Ask your vet if it’s okay to offer Peaches small pieces of fruit. Don’t feed Peaches – or any other bird – onions, garlic, chocolate, rice, or pasta.

Social Calendar

You’ve probably noticed that birds are intensely social creatures who naturally live in flocks. Since you and your family now comprise Peaches’ flock, take special care to include her in your inside family activities. Place Peaches’ cage in a visible, accessible spot so she can monitor your comings and goings. Spend time with her daily, watching her preen and bathe herself. Provide her with plenty of mental stimulation and training exercises.

If you regularly devote time to Peaches’ quality of life, she’ll be a happy, well-adjusted bird when she next meets your Millsap vet for a regular check-up.


Texas West Animal Health

16367 South FM 4,

Santo, TX 76472

Phone. 940-769-2222

Fax. 866-632-3365