We have always been attracted to birds and love to have them as part of our home. We have watched them in nature appearing so care free as they gracefully move in the sky and they have a wide range of colors and sizes, which leaves us breathless with their natural beauty. Also, listening to them mimick our words and talking to us with such clarity that leaves us amazed. Whatever the reason, we enjoy these beautiful creatures.
However, we have learned so little about their proper care. There is no other species (except reptiles) that has inadequate health care. As caretakers, we spend hundreds of dollars on cages, food ,toys, and a wide variety of care products without ever fully determining the needs of these feathered individuals. In the last thirty years, the advances in avian care has dramatically increased. Despite these advances, many still put seed and water out and buy them toys.
Potentially long lives of bids are shortened due to poor nutrition, neglect, and illness. Still others survive in a poor quality of health, their caretakers being totally unaware until it is too late.
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If a bird changes its behavior or acts differently in any way, consider your bird ill until proven otherwise. Do not watch him a few days for the bird will then be that much sicker or death is lurking at your doorstep.