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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Why do lovebirds pull out there feathers?

f you do perform lovebirds care really, you should know why do lovebirds pull out there feathers. Pulling feathers, one by one, and watching them float to the bottom of the cage can be fun to do if there is nothing. The reasons for feather plucking varies from maturity, abuse and neglect, dietary deficiency, boredom or lack of stimulus, changes or emotional upset, over grooming by mate, habit or medical problems (fungal or mold growths).

Lovebirds are playful by nature and it loves to follow you around on your shoulder. So it your duty to take care of your lovebirds perfectly. The most possible remedy to correct this anomaly is to determine the cause for feather plucking. The best way to prevent feather-plucking and to keep those beautiful feathers on your bird, is to provide your pet with plenty of exercise, entertainment and companionship. If it is a habit, it is mandatory to provide a mate to over coming this behavior. If it is due to hormonal change, which will be usually noticed during maturity. If the skin plucking is progressive and the skin started showing open pores, this is the high time to seek an appointment form your avian vet.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

What to do when my incubating lovebird died?

This is a rare occasion. But the owners who are performing lovebirds care should know what to do when their incubating lovebird died due to any disease or any untoward incident. Sometimes, the lovebirds won’t sit on the clutch due to some external influence like noise from construction, etc.

You can switch the eggs from one nest to another nest within the cage to get young ones. Even you can place the lovebirds egg in cockatiels nest until both birds feed their young the same way, it should work. Just take the eggs from the lovebirds and quickly switch them with the cockatiels, then leave the room so you don't scare them. If not, it was worth a try.

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Will canary pox affects Lovebird?

Canary pox is a dreadful disease because the affected lovebirds will show 80% mortality. Some may get escaped from the disease but may act as carrier during lifetime.

The symptoms of canary pox in lovebirds include skin lesions around featherless areas of the head, particularly the eyelids. Small nodules and scabs may be seen which in severe cases may result in a lot of swelling and inflammation.

The virus needs a break in healthy skin to start an infection; this may be a small wound or the result of some insect bite where the insect can transmit the infection from bird to bird. Insect transmission is probably a major factor for birds in outdoor aviaries.

In most cases, these cutaneous forms of pox are self-limiting and the birds will recover with only some residual scarring. There is also a more aggressive form of the disease which involves the upper respiratory tract; in these cases the infection may result in the death of the bird due to swelling and inflammation of the breathing passages.

Treatment can be performed by vaccination against pox, which is readily available in the open market.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

How to transport my lovebird to Vet’s office?

It all depends on the climate of your area. If you’re in cold climate, taking your lovebirds to the vet by cage is not advisable. The best way to carry your lovebirds is to put her in a big tupper ware container with a towel inside. If you are walking there I would also put a towel over it as well. Make sure you poke some holes over the tubberware for air.

If it is warm, you can carry the cage as an outing trip where she could see what is going on could be fun, so you could try that.

You may ask is it safe to have 3 lovebirds in the same container at once?

Yes!!! Provided all of them are already friendly in nature.

Points to ponder while transporting lovebirds

  • Keep her quiet (a darkened or dim transport carrier helps there)
  • Don't make her too excited (a small area is best then)

You should have two primary transport cages- one type- small animal carrier- like for a small cat- line the bottom with paper towel and let her be- but for the small birds like lovebirds, budgies and finches, your first choice should be a small wire carrier that is designed for tinies- the bottom is solid but the sides and top are wire- Please do cover the little cages with a towel

The next best thing is making use of a small cardboard box- at this time of year I would only use a couple of tiny holes- obviously in the summer I'd use more.

Make all transport cages with paper towelling (it gives vets a quick way to check poop too) and avoid extra time in the car (it is stressful)