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I have a little lovebird who is trying to go on a pellet (and hopefully veggie and fruit) based diet and I wonder whether I should buy the nutblend or the fruitblend from zupreem?
He already has fruitblend pellets and is used to their presence but I know that fruitblend isn't great because of the coloring.
Unfortunately veggie blend isn't being sold right now, so the choice is between fruitblend and nutblend.
Unfortunately any other pellet providers are either extremely expensive or is unavailable so all I have is zupreem.
Update: he didn't make it :(
TL;DR How to help a sparrow with what seems to be a cold, without going to a vet because I'm poor.
Hi guys, first time poster on the forum but I've had birds most of my life (parrots.) We've had a lot of rain recently, and last night I stumbled across a soaking wet little sparrow trapped in the subway. I figured I'd bring him home and let him dry out (I've found a surprising number of soaked birddos in the past few rainy seasons, so it's kind of routine at this point,) but I noticed this morning that he doesn't look great. Puffed up, sleepy, no tail bobbing but he's not great with perching so it's hard to tell. He seems to have a bit of the ick.
I live in a very very expensive city and live pretty hand-to-mouth as it is, so I can't afford to take him to an avian hospital even if they would treat him. Right now, I have him in a cardboard box with some water and sesame seeds (only bird-safe grain I had in my house at 11pm last night,) and I have the box set up on a gel heating pad (the kind that cools down over time so I don't cook him by accident,) because of the feather puffing. I also noticed some gunk on his nostrils so i gently cleared it to hopefully help him get more air, though he doesn't seem to be having much respiratory distress (thank goodness!)
It really just seems like he has a cold / is stressed from his ordeal last night. Is there anything else can I do at home to hopefully get him to pull through this? He can hang out inside as long as he needs, and the weather should warm up in a few days. I'm just worried about him getting adequate fluids and nutrition in the meantime.
For over 5yrs, we had a pair of budgies (male and female). They absolutely loved each other. Sadly, the male bird passed away in may last year. Our female bird was devastated. We thought that we’ll keep her as a single bird since we weren’t sure if she would adjust that well( to a new mate). We tried to give her all the attention she needed only to realize she missed a bird companion.
We have decided to get a new bird for her but there’s another problem. Being alone she has these long egg laying cycles in which she stays totally occupied. We don’t want her to lay eggs anymore (as she goes hard on herself at those times and only sits with her eggs at the bottom of the cage). We initially wanted to get her a female mate but we’re about how territorial two female birds can get.
Please advise us on if we should get a male or female budgie!
Hi everyone, I would greatly appreciate any tips or advice you might have for me on this front. My budgies’ feathers have been looking scanty and after a visit to the vet today, it was concluded that they might not be getting enough of the nutrients they need for healthy feathers and so they gave me the oil and am suppsoed to give it to my birds once a day after meals. It’s a small dose and i was told that i can mix it with their food. Has anyone does this before? Does omega oil taste bad to budgies? Im afraid that if i were to mix it and they dont lile the taste, that they might end up avoiding that food for awhile and im trying to avoid that.
They favourite thing in the world to eat is vroccoli and i thought of mixing it in with that. Please advice? And also, does anyone know if there are any side effects of giving omega pills to budgies?
And should I be giving them this everyday in the long term? I have a whole bottle so it looks like we’ll have to finish it. Would appreciate advice and tips very very much, pls.
I thought of giving the oil to the budgies through a syringe directly but they hate being grabbed and get very aggressive and start oanicking and i hate outting them through that unless absolutely necessary.
My green cheek conure (5 years old) started to flick his leg around, tapping his foot onto the ground and making him unstable to stand on his cage. At the same time he starts to preen his tail feathers, he is currently molting.
I saw a couple of older posts talking about this possibly being a neurological issue or a vitamin/diet issue. Any help is appreciated, thank you
I have an older canary, male, who loves to sit in the sun. He has plenty of shade in his cage at all times of the day, but he prefers to sit in the sun. There are times that I'll look over at him and he is laying flat in the sun breathing heavy. Is this an issue? He has been doing this for years. I kind of want to remove any sun from his cage because I'm worried he is hurting himself.
Edit: I found an article that talks about bird sunbathing and even talks about heavy breathing. So I guess it is normal and I will leave him be. https://www.birdspot.co.uk/bird-brain/why-do-birds-sunbathe#:~:text=When%20birds%20sunbathe%2C%20the%20heat,skin%20or%20ingested%20during%20preening.
I live in an apartment and recently rescued a budgie whom I would love to provide a home and lots of love. I have previous experience with cockatiels, so I decided to keep it. However, my apartment is small, and I use a treadmill for my daily workouts, typically lasting 1 hour. I've noticed that my budgie is still stressed after a week of exposure to the treadmill noise, despite gradually introducing it. Could you please tell me if my budgie will eventually get used to this? Using the treadmill is essential for my health due to my chronic illness.
Hi! My mom recently got pink eye, she got diagnosed early Monday the 11th and was on antibiotic eye drops by that afternoon. Most reputable health websites say 24 hours after being on the antibiotics is when you're no longer contagious but I couldn't find anything on it specifically relating to birds. Anyone have any advice? Probably gonna avoid interaction for another day to be sure
This bird walks around outside in our garden center and never flies away when people or loud machines come near, but it scurries away quickly like it’s still scared. It’s also been super hot it it looks like it’s breathing a little heavier than normal sometimes. Idk if the picture shows it well, but the tail feathers look a little off in person. I have seen it hop up onto flower pots or low dishes to get water but it never really flies. We get really attached to our little bird friends since we watch them hatch, and we’re all really careful to not disturb their nests that they build in our pallets. Should this bird be ok?
We've had a dove come visit our window for food each day for the last 2-3 months but the last couple of weeks her neck feathers have been looking a little sore. Any idea what can cause this?
For context she (we have no idea, but have been going with she) hangs out with a group of 10-15 pigeons.
There is a Greylag goose with a broken wing at my local river. I called the SSPCA and was promptly told there was nothing they can do as it’s in the water, and that if I where to catch it they would simply put it down as the injury is not treatable. This is not the first time I have been told by the very people who are paid to protect are wildlife that they aren’t willing to do anything. I refuse to let this goose suffer and I refuse to let this goose die. I have contacted another rescue centre hoping they will be able to help, but I have had very little luck with them in the past. What can I do? I feel terribly guilty and I can’t stop thinking about him. Is there someone else I should try? Thank you all for any replies or advice.
New behaviour just wondering if anyone would be able help if there something I should do thanks. Both male love birds.
New behaviour just wondering if anyone would be able help if there something I should do thanks. Both male love birds.
I need some immediate response on what could have possibly happened to my cockatiel. I came to feed him just now and I find his wind covered in blood and thought he had injured his wing, and I see his eye in this state. I live in an area where there aren’t any aviary vets available, I contacted the breeder for my more info on vets in our area, but as it is Saturday everything is closed. I really don’t know what is wrong or what happened or HOW it happened, and I just need advice. Don’t say “take to vet right away” cause unfortunately that is not an option, there is an animal hospital but they will only treat birds in deep serious and critical conditions with very minimum help because they don’t have an aviary veterinarian.
He seems very fine like nothing happened, his usual self very energetic he’s singing and seems he’s acting fine, but idk if this could lead to something even worse like an infection or lose of blood.
My rooster has been sick with what seems to be a runny nose and I was giving him petrx. He had mucus on he's eyes this week, and I would clean it off with a cotton swab, and apply the petrx. However it doesn't seem to be working, today he can't even open his eyes and he's not doing much just sleeping. He's about 4months old, what can I do to help him??
Context: super typhoon knocked down almost all the trees in my area, found this nest on the street. Originally there were 4 but 2 cracked after the fall. Checked them with my torch and they look viable, although they are different shapes. My worry is trying to incubate them without an incubator, is there something more I can do besides just piles of blankets and a heater?
I've recently been notified of a cockatiel that flew into someone's garage, if by Monday their owner doesn't claim them I may take on the bird myself temporarily or even permanently if I can't them find a good home. I tried to find any information online, but I didn't exactly know what I was searching for. I have two cockatiels currently, but I have never taken on a bird that was found in such conditions directly. I'm mostly concerned about anything that I have to be aware of like diseases or maybe mites before this little one gets introduced to my pair. It’s completely unknown from my perspective how long the parrot was outside or what they got into. This is just me preparing for the possibility that I might have another bird in my home, I'm just preparing for the worst case.
What do I need to keep an eye out for? What preventative measures, besides quarantining, should I take? I'm all about taking preventative steps to keep any issues from starting in the first place. My goal is to prevent not only this bird from getting sick, but as well as anything spreading to my pair. I don't have easy access to an avian veterinarian as there's barely any close by, so this is absolutely top priority for me.
My green cheek conure is plucking out all the down feathers on his back, even though nothing's wrong. why is he doing this?