The Care and Feeding of your Feathered Baby


Cage:

Your baby bird came directly from being hand fed and living in a brooder, to our open display area, so this will be their first time in a cage. They will also be separated from their siblings and be by themselves for the first time. There will be a period of adjustment to his cage and new surroundings which could take up to two weeks. Do not place the cage by air conditioner or heater vents or in direct sun. Be sure to avoid drafty areas.

Water & Vitamins:

Please see to it that the water cup is cleaned in hot soapy water and  thoroughly rinsed each day.  Fill the cup 1/3 to 1/2 full with fresh water. If the water gets dirty, just look at it and ask yourself, Would I Drink That? We recommend Spirulina as a very good overall vitamin for all birds. Just sprinkle on your bird's food each day.

Seed Or Pellets:

Be sure to notice if your bird is getting to his food dish and eating. Dishes should be cleaned and refilled daily. We suggest you put your bird on a combination of seed and pellets. This allows the bird to have variety of good foods to choose from.

Treats And Table Food:

There are six foods to avoid: Milk, Chocolate, Avacado, Parsley, Lettuce and Cherries. Many others are tolerated and enjoyed if started at an early age. Fresh fruits and vegetables are great. You will find that your bird will have their own favorites.Chicken and pasta rank high as good treats as do apples, grapes, broccoli and carrots. Avoid excessive sweets, salts and citrus.

Handling:

The more everyone handles your baby the better the pet they will be. Handle with clean hands. Birds like having a routine. Greet your bird with a happy voice and friendly tone each time you interact.

Grooming:

Most birds enjoy bathing. Remember that bathing should be done in the morning so your pet has all day to dry. You may use a fine mist from a spray bottle or offer a water dish for bath time. When using commercial bird bath spray, be sure that it does not contain any form of alcohol, as alcohol only dries out the skin and makes feathers dull. We also recommend getting your bird's feathers, toenails, and beak checked every four to six weeks. Because our pet birds are deprived of the needed moisturizers from natural branches and leafy vegetation, some birds are plagued with dry, chipping, or scaling beaks and feet. We recommend the use of beak conditioner which was specifically formulated for this problem. Use on a daily basis will help prevent this condition.

Temperature:

Temps. between 68-75 degrees are ideal. Avoid drafts and abrupt temperature changes. You need to watch your bird carefully during hot summer days. If he is panting, cool him down with a mist from a spray bottle.

Talking:

Repetition is the key to getting your pet to talk. Placing your pet in an area without any distractions such as television, radio, or windows. Always speak in a clear voice. Having a young bird such as a hand fed baby will greatly increase your chances of getting your pet to speak.

Precautions:

Teflon, Silverstone cookware, and self-cleaning ovens as well as paint, varnish, carpet shampoo, nail polish-remover, hairspray, and other caustic substances could be hazardous to the health of your bird. When installing new carpets, get birds out of the house. Also scented candles are very hazardous to your bird and should not be used.

We Hope this information will help you have a long healthy life with your new feathered friend. if you have any concerns, please call us at (616)247-3663.