Feather Picking


Feather Picking by David J. Kersting, D.V.M Feather picking can be one of the most frustrating conditions that a bird owner will experience. This condition is also an extreme frustration to the veterinarian because of the complexity of the possible reason or reasons that [...]

Feather Picking2020-08-26T15:28:18-05:00

Cockatoo Care (Cacatuidae)


Cockatoo Care (Cacatuidae) Erica Mede, CVT Natural History There are 21 species of these crested birds found throughout Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia.  The name cockatoo is believed to mean vice, so named for their powerful curved beaks.  These parrots are one of the most common large birds kept [...]

Cockatoo Care (Cacatuidae)2020-08-27T08:35:03-05:00

Cockatiels (and other small Psittacines)


Cockatiels (and other small Psittacines) By Debra Schwarz Photos and edited by Susan Horton, DVM (Much of this article will also apply to all small Psitticines General Care of Cockatiels) Cockatiels, Nymphicus hollandicus, are small parrots native to most of the Australian continent. There is only one species of [...]

Cockatiels (and other small Psittacines)2020-08-27T08:35:27-05:00

Cleaning and Disinfecting


 Cleaning and Disinfecting Branson W. Ritchie, DVM, PhD University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Athens, Georgia Control of Viruses and Bacteria while Outside the Host The goal of maintaining any bird in captivity, whether it is a single companion bird or a functional member of [...]

Cleaning and Disinfecting2020-08-26T15:20:11-05:00

Chronic Egg Laying


Chronic Egg Laying Chronic egg laying is a very common problem in cockatiels, lovebirds, and budgies; and is seen in other species of pet birds including macaws, cockatoos, amazons, and African greys.   This problem can begin in your bird as early as nine months or as [...]

Chronic Egg Laying2020-08-26T15:17:24-05:00



Canaries Spanish monks in monasteries on the Canary Islands fir started breeding canaries (Serinus canarius­) as far back as 1402.  Today’s canary fanciers pursue a wide range of activities, including preserving old and rare breeds as well as breeding new color mutations.  An important aspect of their hobby [...]


Budgie Care (Parakeet)


Budgie Care (Parakeet) Erica Mede, CVTNatural History​These playful little parrots are an ideal companion for apartment dwellers and those that love parrots but can not handle the loud screams of larger ones.  Budgies typically live 8-15 years but the budgerigar will make a welcome addition with their [...]

Budgie Care (Parakeet)2020-08-27T08:40:44-05:00

Avian Bornavirus Testing


Avian Bornavirus Testing Myths and Facts  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (502) 241-4117. Disclaimer:  As of this writing, this is the most up to date information we have.  This disease is continually being studied and new information on prevention, treatment, and testing [...]

Avian Bornavirus Testing2020-08-26T15:11:15-05:00

Amazon Care


Amazon Care Natural History There are 27 species of these New World parrots found throughout the savannah, palm groves, scrub forest and rainforest of Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean.  These parrots are one of the most popular birds kept as pets and incidentally one of the most [...]

Amazon Care2020-08-27T08:41:08-05:00

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