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Bird Food 101

Feeding your pet can sometimes seem overwhelming. And even though your bird might be able to say "Polly wants a cracker," an all-cracker diet may not be the best thing for our feathered friends. READ MORE

How to Trim Your Bird's Nails and Live to Tell the Tale

Birds, like humans, have nails, and when their nails get too long the experience can be annoying, if not painful, when the bird digs its little nails into our skin. Fortunately, this is relatively easy to remedy, but you will need to plan ahead and have all of the tools necessary for the task. READ MORE

Top Three 'Starter' Birds

What's harder than choosing your first pet bird? Hmmm...not much. So we've made it easy for you by choosing three "starter" birds that are perfect for the budding bird fancier. READ MORE

Bird Care 101

There’s more to getting a bird than simply buying a cage (although more on that inside). Birds are delicate and complex creatures that need lots of loving care and attention to be happy and healthy. READ MORE

Feather Plucking in Birds

Birds usually pluck their feathers to preen and groom themselves. Feather plucking becomes a serious behavioral disorder, when it the birds moderately overpreen, or even self-mutilates itself. READ MORE

Respiratory Tract Infection in Birds

Airway and respiratory tract diseases are very common in pet birds. One such disease commonly is Aspergillosis, which is a fungal infection of the bird's respiratory tract. READ MORE

Common Eye Disorders in Birds

Birds can suffer from many different eye disorders. They can be due to an eye injury, or possibly an infection to the area. Occasionally, eye disorders are symptoms of another underlying medical problem. READ MORE

Ten Tips for Training Your Baby Bird

A bird is one of the cleverest animals you can choose as a companion pet. That being the case, you want to make sure that your bird knows who is in charge (that would be you), and knows how to behave respectably in social situations. READ MORE

Scaly Face Or Leg Mite Infection in Birds

Parasites can cause skin problems for birds, just as they do in other animals and humans. Scaly Face or Leg Mite infection is a parasitic skin condition which commonly affects budgies, canaries and finches. In parrots, it is usually only a problem for budgerigars. READ MORE

Cancers and Tumors in Birds

Cancer or tumors refers to an abnormal growth of cells in a tissue or organ. And while humans often suffer from cancers or tumors, a bird is just as likely. Fortunately, most cancers and tumors can be treated if they are diagnosed in time. READ MORE

Hormonal Disorder in Birds

Hormonal disorders can occur in birds and cause a disturbance in the blood levels of different hormones. See what you can do to help if your bird is suffering from such a disorder. READ MORE

Egg Binding in Birds

Egg binding is a common reproductive problem that causes the bird to retain the egg in the reproductive tract, unable to expel it naturally. READ MORE

Beak And Feather Disease in Birds

Psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD) is a viral disease which affects not only parrots, but other birds too. It can be seen in cockatoos, African grey parrots, Eclectus parrots, lorikeets, lovebirds, and parrot species of Asian, Australian and African origin. READ MORE

How to Teach an Old Bird New 'Tricks'

Here are some things you can do to help your bird alleviate any potential boredom. After all, 70 years is a long time to do the same thing, day in, day out -- even if it does have a big cage with a nice view. READ MORE

Top 10 'Talking' Birds

Dogs and cats are great, but for people that just isn't enough. Here's a top 10 list for those of us out there that want an animal companion that we can talk to. READ MORE

Parasitic Feather Mites in Birds

Feather Mites are a skin problem outside aviaries birds suffer from. And although this parasitic infestation seldom occurs in the pet birds staying inside, if left untreated, it can lead to the bird's death and be contagious to other birds. READ MORE

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