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Q. I accidentally spooked a mother bird from her nest and 2 babies. It’s been hours and she hasn’t returned. Will she come back?
Yes, she will return. Birds have a very strong maternal instinct. The best course of action is to leave the babies and nest undisturbed and the parent bird will come back. Continue reading
It is very important that breeding birds and young chicks be protected against polyomavirus through appropriate vaccination. There is little risk to the routine use of the vaccine in adult pet birds; however … Continue reading
Q. We have a cockatiel who is 32 years old and is dying. It is so sad to watch him die. Is there anything we can do to make his passing less painful?
I’m sorry to hear that your pet’s quality of life is declining. One of the really special aspects of having a pet bird is how long their lifespan is and the incredible bond that is formed during that time between the pets and their owners… Continue reading
Birds tend to hide their disease symptoms longer than other pets, so any change in their usual routine should prompt a visit to an avian veterinarian. When birds appear fluffed, it is their way of showing that they have a … Continue reading
Q. My family has just aquired a Umbrella Cockatoo, how much would a basic health check up with clipping of nails and wings be?
Congrats! Cockatoos are really neat birds! We would definitely start with an examination and general husbandry education. Our avian exam is $56. From there, Dr. Helmer will give you recommendations for what other tests we need to do to be … Continue reading
Q. Our cockatiel doesn’t want to open his wings and may have suffered a wing injury. Is it still possible for a vet to treat him? Also, how much would it cost?
Q: Our cockatiel doesn’t want to open his wings, not even to preen or stretch. He previously had a high vertical cage, and sometimes lost his balance, falling to the bottom. We got him a new cage, with the perches … Continue reading
Just like people develop at different rates, so do our pets. Quaker parakeets, also known as Monk parakeets, usually fledge at 6-8 weeks of age. This is the age when they have most of their adult plumage in, and start … Continue reading
Q. My three lovebirds seem to be scratching more than I’d previously observed. They are caged indoors and very occasionaly, in mild weather, their cages are put in a screened lanai. What’s the liklihood of them having mites?
Lovebirds suffer from a variety of skin problems that can result in itching. Mites are fairly uncommon in pet birds, with the exception of scalyface mites in budgies. Other causes of itching may include bacterial or yeast overgrowth on the … Continue reading
Q. I bought a Senegal parrot, and was told she is only 1 year old. Is there any way to check if the bird is healthly, and how old it is?
Congratulations on your new pet! Senegal parrots are fantastic birds. A good physical exam by an experienced (preferably Board-Certified) avian veterinarian is the most important step in ensuring that your pet is healthy. Determining the age may be difficult; however, … Continue reading
Q: I have two budgies who are 2-1/2 yrs old. My Budgies nails have not been trimmed in quite some time. My budgie (Tiki) has developed dry crusty feet, and one of his back toes is swollen into a small … Continue reading