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  • The Goldbreast Waxbill by Nancy Ingram pdf
    Goldbreasts will be among the first finches to disappear from the bird trade should their importation be interrupted or stopped. Domestic breeding does not keep up with demand. We need to share successful husbandry ideas.
  • U.S. government commits avian holocaust with mass poisoning of millions of birds...
    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is engaged in what can only be called an avian holocaust through its Bye Bye Blackbird program that has poisoned tens of millions of birds over the last decade. The USDA even reports the number of birds it has poisoned to death in a PDF document posted on the USDA website. Read More!
  • Aviculture's Future Is Now,pdf by Scott Golden
    Used with permission from Author
    By 1995, almost all African finches had disappeared in the United States, with the exception of perhaps a few blue caps, fire finches and gold breasted waxbills, which occasionally were still brought in via quarantine stations or through Canadian importers. Read more...
  • A Bit on Fostering,pdf by Scott Golden
    Used with permission from Author
    Many finch breeders feel that fostering is wrong or that birds that have been reared by foster parents will not rear their own young. Read more...
  • The Parrot's Bill of Rights pdf
    By: Stewart A. Metz. M.D.
    Used with permission from: Chester County Bird Club (ccbirdclub.com)
    It seems that each Spring when cute little baby birds are born we all start thinking about the possibility of getting an "addition" to our household, read this first!
  • PORTABLE POWER: Affordable Ways to Beat Mother Nature pdf
    by PJ Schimel of Hex Aviary (used with permission)
    Unless they have previously experienced the need for portable power in an emergency, most people don't concern themselves with it. Every bird owner should consider the eventual need for some type of portable power system. ...
  • Which Parrot Should I Buy? pdf
  • Which parrot is right for me? This is a question that you must ask yourself before you think of keeping these lovely birds as pets. It is as important as your decision to have a child. You need to ask - which parrot is right for me - because every parrot has its distinctive temperament and nature. No two parrots are alike...
  • Breeding Softbills pdf
    Birds cannot be forced to breed, but they can be enticed. Several requirements must be met before your birds will become successful parents. If these requirements are fulfilled, then any species of bird can be bred in captivity. The hard part is, first, understanding what these requirements are, and, second, figuring out how to fulfill them to the birds' satisfaction...
    used with permission from Davis Lund Aviaries
  • Protecting Your Birds Through Quarantine pdf
    Almost everyone says they quarantine their new birds. However, it is surprising how many make no attempt at all to keep the new bird separate from their collection...


Bird Health & Safety

  • Nonstick cookware - THE SILENT KILLER
    By Joanie Doss
  • How We Kill Our Pet Birds pdf
    from Windy City Parrots (windycityparrots.com)
    We spend so much time talking about how to care for our birds, the right bird food, proper size bird cage the right bird cage accessories and bird toys. But we never talk about the other side. The sadly ironic side of having a pet bird. Read more...
  • Summer Hazards For Pet Birds pdf
    Used with permission from: Chester County Bird Club (ccbirdclub.com)
    Summer brings heat, vacations and the desire to spend more time outdoors. It is also the time for vacations. These seasonal changes in our lifestyles also affect our birds. Take a few moments to review some of the hazards which you should remember to watch out for. Read more...
  • Seed Moth Prevention and Extermination pdf
    (Used with permission from ohboyparrotfood.com)
    Along with warm weather comes the pesky bird seed moth. We know it as the bird seed moth and loathe its existence; what it really is the Indian meal Moth. They are found in almost every grain product, not only your bird seed. They can be found in bird-free homes as well. read more...
  • Bird Safety pdf
    Household dangers, cage safety, safe plants and foods, toxicity of overheated non-stick surfaces, introducing your bird to strangers, disease Carriers and more...
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  • Toxic & Non-Toxic Plants pdf
    A list of some non-toxic, safe plants. REMEMBER - any plant can cause harm if ingested in large amounts!
  • Emergency Sick Bird Care by Heike Ewing pdf
    There are five important elements to consider in supportive care of a sick (or injured) bird, listed in order of importance, read more....
  • Protecting Your Birds Through Quarantine pdf
    Almost everyone says they quarantine their new birds. However, it is surprising how many make no attempt at all to keep the new bird separate from their collection...
  • The Essential Bath pdf
    by Marilu Anderson, Avian Nutrition, Care and Behavior Consultant
    used with permission from yourparrotplace.com
    Bathing parrots – parrots and water – why, it’s a combo as natural as hookbills in the rain forest! Since most parrots come from some degree of rainforest climate in the wild, it makes sense that their domestically raised offspring living in our homes would be genetically inclined to enjoy bathing. Bathing birds is a vital and necessary part of their regular routines, just like good diets, fun toys, and interaction with their humans...
  • Lost and Found Parrots by Marilu Anderson pdf
    It's become the annual sign that spring is here - "The Phone Call," that is. The sad, desperate calls from those who've had a parrot escape and the excited, but dazed, calls from the other side - those who've found a bird...
  • Bacterial Alert - "The Kiss of Death" pdf
  • Our companion parrots LOVE our mouths - to kiss us, eat from our mouths, feed us, clean our teeth (they're all budding dental hygienists!) We love them in return - and want to kiss them back, share our food, nuzzle, and bond. Unfortunately, the human mouth is a breeding ground for many nasty pathogens harmful to birds...


The most common reason for a female bird to act "sickly" is being egg bound. I put the sick bird in a hospital cage with a 60 watt light bulb over one end. I mix cod liver oil with the seeds and provide water. She will usually pass the egg within 24 hours.
If the egg has no shell I:
---keep her in the hospital cage for another 12 hours
---put her in a regular cage in the house for a month
---continue to mix cod liver oil in her seeds for a week
---give soft food daily with vitamin D and calcium in it
Birds in a cage can be seen to eat the soft food. They sometimes seem to stop eating it in a large flight.

Bird First Aid Kit
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  • Veterinarian Phone Number
  • Emergency Vet Number
  • Small flashlight/penlight
  • Nail clippers/scissors---to cut toe nails, etc.
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton balls and swabs to clean wounds.
  • Gauze and first-aid tape
  • Peroxide
  • Sterile antibiotic eye cream (from the vet)
  • Antibiotic ointment (such as Neosporin®)
  • Clean soft towel
  • Latex gloves
  • Syringes for medicating or giving fluids
  • Styptic Powder (Quick Stop) for bleeding; Caution: Don't use Kwik Stop® in soft-tissue wounds or feather follicles; it may severely damage a feather follicle leading to infection or abscess. Instead, stop bleeding by cleaning up and applying pressure on broken blood feathers. Use tweezers and pull the feather with gentle, steady pressure in the direction feather grows.
  • Plastic eye droppers for medications and eye washes.
  • Ivermectin/Ivomec for yearly control of air sac mites
  • Vitalize "Morning Bird" or Pedialyte for stressed bird.
  • Pet Pectillin by Lambert Kay for Diarrhea
  • DNA sexing kits
  • Kaopectate or Pepto-Bismol: For loose droppings and regurgitation. Soothes and coats digestive tract. Dosage is 2 to 3 drops every four hours. Deliver with plastic dropper, no glass.
  • Karo Syrup: For dehydration and for quick energy. Add four drops to one quart of water. Administer 8 to 10 drops slowly in the mouth every 20 to 30 minutes with a plastic dropper.
  • Cod liver oil to lightly coat seeds in hospital cage
  • Hospital cage with 60 watt light bulb, ready for immediate use
  • Bird net for catching birds
  • Lizard heating pads as well as lighting fixtures available for additional heat when birds are not looking well or when bringing home new birds.
  • Warm (not hot) heat can often mean the difference between
  • life and death to a seriously injured bird.
  • Environment thermometer: Buy one that's easy to read so the temperature can be monitored in the cage.
  • Ziplock bags for saving specimens
  • Squirt Gun. Use this to hopefully catch a bird that gets out, or to sex birds that sing!

Cooking Is For The Birds!Feeding / Recipes

Order the new "Cooking Is For The Birds!"
Recipes compiled by Sabra Scotton

This cookbook has 48 double sided pages.
A great item for anyone who cooks for their birds.
Recipes for tiny birds to large parrots.
Cost for each cookbook is $12.00
plus $2.00 shipping & handling.
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  • The Tamale Tease pdf
    Used with permission from Alaska Bird Club - http://www.alaskabirdclub.org
    My parrots are foragers and enjoy foot toys very much. I have two cockatoos that love to forage and shred their toys and they REALLY enjoy their almonds and pistachios. But since they are also prone to fatty liver disease, I need to make sure they forage and work for their treat instead of just handing to them. Making it a foraging exercise for them cuts down on the amount they seem to want. So I came up with this “tamale package” for them...
  • The Importance of a Quality Diet by Laurella Desborough pdf
    Do you purchase seeds, seed mixes or pellets from open bins in pet or feed stores? Open bins may receive unwanted germs from the dust particles in the store. Dust particles from hamster and rat cages, as well as from bird cages, may end up in food bins. Customers' hands and clothing can deliver viral particles and germs from their birds at home. Toys and perches from bird marts also need disinfecting before use. Fresh fruits and vegetables from the grocery store need a thorough washing and rinsing, since they have been handled by many different hands, from the pickers in the fields to the clerks in the store. read more...
  • Got Finch? pdf
    Feeding soft food (hard boiled eggs) to breeding birds remains a standard practice for successful canary and finch breeders and there are as many recipes out there as there are breeders. If your recipe and program has been successful, stay with it. The dry mix as described below
  • Hand feed a baby Gouldian?  pdf

Just for Fun



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