The Animal Hospital of Whitfield County

1306 North Thornton Ave
Dalton, GA 30720

(706)226-3710

ahwcvet.com

Bird care

Supplies
  • Cage: Ask your veterinarian as different birds need different cages. Here are some must-haves:

    • The cage must be big enough for your bird to stretch his/her wings and fly

    • The cage must be made from nontoxic (nonpoisonous) material

    • The cage base must be so hard that your bird can’t ruin it by chewing

  • Cage location

    • Make sure the cage can’t be knocked over or fall

    • Put the cage in an area like a family room, so your pet can be around everyone - birds are very social

    • Avoid drafts and kitchens. Kitchen fumes like burnt Teflon from a cooking pan can kill a bird.

    • Bedding/lining

    • Use non-colored newspapers with soy ink, paper towels, or brown paper

  • Perches

    • Get both fat and thin perches – like manzanita branches. This helps birds exercise their feet and prevents pressure sores.

    • Never use sandpaper perches, they will hurt your pet’s feet.

    • Large birds like Amazons or African Grey Birds need a freestanding perch outside the cage.

  • Food dishes

    • Must be attached, so they can’t be tipped over

  • Toys

    • Birds like mirrors and other toys. Make sure all toys are made from nontoxic material.

Health
  • When you get your pet, take it to a veterinarian for a check-up. Choose one that specializes in birds, called an accredited avian veterinarian.

  • Your pet should see a veterinarian at least once a year and when you think it might be sick

  • Have your veterinarian show you how to trim your bird’s wings. If you do it wrong, you could clip a “blood feather” and hurt or even kill your bird.

Feeding

Dos

  • Birds need a balanced diet -- with food from all the major food groups

  • Birds are one type of pet that benefits from eating many “people foods”

  • Birds must have fresh fruit and vegetables daily

Don’ts

  • Never feed your bird a “seed-only” diet

  • Never feed your bird houseplants, avocado, cherry pits, rhubarb, apple seeds or raw milk products

Dangers

Many common household items can hurt or even kill your bird. These include:

  • Overheated Teflon cookware

  • Tobacco smoke

  • Lead paints

  • Scented candles or incense

  • Chemical cleaners

  • Insecticides

  • Aerosol products

  • Some houseplants

Regular care

Daily

  • Clean cage of any droppings

  • Change water once or more if needed

  • Provide fresh fruits and vegetables, and remove food after a couple hours

  • If your bird is hand-tamed, take him/her out to play for at least an hour each day

Weekly

  • Breakdown and clean cage with mild soap and make sure you rinse off all the soap.

Monthly

  • Ask your veterinarian to recommend a disinfectant cleaner that you can use to clean the cage each month.

Yearly

  • Birds, like all pets, should see their veterinarian each year.

Information about taking care of your bird provided by Dan Jordan, DVM, Animal Avian Hospital of the Village, Houston, Texas.

 

Hours of Operation:

Monday thru Friday: 8am-6pm

Saturday: 8am-12pm

Sunday: Closed

1306 North Thornton Ave

Dalton, Ga 30720

Phone: (706) 226-3710

Fax: (706) 226-2802

(423) 822-8304

(423) 698-4612