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.
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
Never feed your bird a “seed-only” diet
Never feed your bird houseplants, avocado, cherry pits, rhubarb, apple seeds or raw milk products
Many common household items can hurt or even kill your bird. These include:
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
Information about taking care of your bird provided by Dan Jordan, DVM, Animal Avian Hospital of the Village, Houston, Texas.