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Bird Enclosures

Enclosures for birds come in numerous shapes, sizes, styles, and materials. Many are designed primarily to appeal aesthetically to the client, but fail dismally to address the needs of the bird.

The materials or design of the enclosures should be as spacious as possible with emphasis being on the length more so than the height. The absolute minimum width would allow a bird to spread its wings without touching the sides of the enclosure.

The enclosure should be easy to clean and constructed of a durable non-toxic material. It should be secure and free of traps where the bird can get toes, brakes, or wing tips stuck.

Newspaper and paper towels appear to be the best substances for the bottom of the enclosure versus wood chips or ground corn cob which promote growth of pathogens. Cedar, red wood, and pressure treated wood chips should not be used for substrate or nesting materials in the birds home. The enclosure should minimize exposure to its own or other bird’s droppings.

Please keep in mind that birds, like all pets, need stimulation.  Your avian friend’s house should be placed in the room where he or she will be able to socialize with you.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us here at Briarwood and we will do our best to help.

Written by: Dr. Randy Stirling

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Last updated: December 21, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Briarwood Animal Hospital