Choosing a Healthy Bird

Birds can make lovely companions and it is very important that you do ask questions before deciding on an avian friend.  The following may increase the chances of getting a healthy and mentally stable feathered companion

  • Obtain the bird from a reputable breeder that specializes in a particular species and has a closed flock
  • Ensure the breeder works closely with an avian veterinarian.
  • Obtain a young, recently fledged bird.  This will limit the chances of the bird already having any unwanted habits.
  • Due to the lifespan of birds, sometimes owners have to “give up” their feathered companion.  If you are able to share your home with one of these birds, get some history on the bird; see where he/she is living and get as much information about their behavior as possible.
  • When physically looking at the birds, ensure that the feathers appear normal.  Look at their droppings and make sure they too look normal.  Other things you want to check are their appetite, that they appear to be bright, alert and responsive to their environment.

Birds come from many sources so it is in your best interest to do your research.  Following these recommendations should help you to pick the best bird for you.  Please keep in mind that all birds require veterinary care and should have a physical exam from a bird vet as soon as possible after adopting.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to help!

Written by: Dr. Randy Stirling