Sunday, June 13, 2010

Do’s and Don’ts for new Love Birds

By Eduardo Gonzalez

Here are some things that new owners of love birds can do to keep their birds safe.
1.     Separate your new love birds from any other love birds you may already have for at least a month. This will prevent the unnecessary spread of unknown sicknesses, since your new birds must still be checked by an avian vet.

2.     Give your new love birds time to rest, free from the noise of other pets. Also, don’t rush taming and training them. They need to be eased into their new home, and giving them space facilitates this. Let them feel comfortable in their cages or aviaries.  Their first flock is themselves and their humans.

3.     Change your clothes and have them washed every time you visit your new love birds. This will help to contain the spread of disease.

4.     Never use round cages for love birds--it can make them frantic. The cage must  be considerably huge in size--at least three feet and a half inches by three feet and two inches by two feet. The perches should be placed in a way that their tail feathers won’t be disturbed.  Also, hang cages at eye level in a corner of the room. This makes the love birds feel secure.

1.     Keep the temperature stable, at least close to 27 degrees centigrade for the first 25-30 days in their new home. Heat lamps or infrared lamps are good for these purposes. Gradually accustom them to room temperature after a month, but do so slowly, over a period of 15-20 days.

  What not to do:

1.     Don’t change their diet abruptly. Do it gradually over 2-3weeks. A sudden change in diet can affect their digestive tracts and they could fall ill.

2.     Don’t hang their cage in an area where they can be hit by wind drafts. Box type cages are impenetrable by strong winds, and may be better. These are made of thin metal or wood. Be sure there is good ventilation.

3.     Don’t give them grit for at least 10-15 days. They might experience mental or physical tension from their new environment, and they could express this through overeating. This can lead to severe health concerns.

4.     Don’t leave their wings unclipped.   Love birds are prone to flapping their wings and if their wings are not clipped, they seriously injure themselves causing stress for them.
5.     Don’t leave them in total darkness.  Give them proper lighting at night. A seven watt night light will do. At night they need to go to their perches, drink or eat. They must have 10-12 hours of rest, and they need fresh food and water to drink.

6.     Don’t leave any chemicals near the birds.

7.     Don’t leave windows open, and never expose them to too much sunlight.

8.     Don’t give them unwashed veggies and fruits, and remove all moldy grains and rotten drinking water. Spring water is best for them when they are staying in rooms.

Follow this advice and everything will turn out nice.

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