Bird Information Directory
Looking to buy a feathery friend? Check out information on the various breeds of birds,
what to look for when purchasing, and how best to interact with your birds.
Tips For Buying Your First Bird
So, you are going to buy a friend!
There are no secrets to purchasing a wonderful bird. Your
owner can be one of your best allies in buying a healthy bird. Check
out the store's policies and procedures on returning and replacing
When approaching the bird you may
want, make sure he sees you coming near the cage. If he is suddenly
startled, he may only jump and fuss at you, but it could also send him
into what is called "shock."
Whistle or speak softly as you observe
him for at least a half-hour to gain some superficial information about
his health. The eyes should be clear. Watery, puffy or cloudy eyes are a
sure indication he isn't healthy. Check his plumage (feathers). It
should be smooth and close to his body, and not fluffed out. He should
look like a king perched proudly, occasionally preening his feathers and
hopping around. Is he alert? He should be active in his cage, feeding,
climbing on the bars, interested in you too. If his head is under his
wing, he isn't feeling well.
A runny nose or loose droppings in the
cage are also signs of illness. What is his breathing like? Nice and
rhythmic, or short and raspy? His feet and beak should look good too. If
it is possible to hold him, lift up his tail feathers to see if there
any signs of diarrhea. Look closely at his body to see if there are any
sores or scratches present. Do not feel sorry for a sick bird and
purchase him anyway. Select another bird.
Bird Health & Care Information
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