#2 Adoptable/Fosterable - Pair of Cockatiels: Ricky & Maxine

Say hello to Ricky!
"The reason we named him Ricky is because when we first got him, he loved to sing, and the only song he seems to sing sounded like he was saying Ricky!!.  so it became his name.  He loves to be around people (only people he is familiar with).  I usually take them out to the porch every morning at sunrise.  I open there cages and they love it.. they have the whole porch to themselves. "

Maybe he can show you how to pwn some n00bs..!
Or critique your reports..! 
"I was unable to get a picture of the female cocktail. She has been saying inside her little box. Her name is Maxine and she only tags along with Ricky.  If Ricky fly to our shoulder well Maxine fly right over too. She gets a little jealous."

"I do have to tell you they are very good about returning to their cages at the end of the day. As a matter of fact they start to go crazy in the porch if you don't bring them in before dark.  I don't think they like to be out when the sun starts to set.  Once they are in the house, if we darken the room, they will automatically go strait into the cage on their own. (I believe maybe its cuz its much cooler in the house) then I cover them for the nite.  They are sooo fun and soo funny.  I will miss them."

These friends need be adopted together..! I'll more post pics after I pick them up. 
She's had them for a year and were from a pet shop. 


Times are tough, so let's try our best to help those we can in the best way we can..!


8/28/10 - Time to pick the guys up.


The lady opened the cage, Ricky climbed out and fluttered right to my shoulder and nibbled my necklace. Maxine followed shortly after. She was shy, but I think jealousy overcame her and off she went..! These are great little guys..! 


The foster wasn't ready today, but that's ok, we can offer a place for them to bunk tonight.
I need to do a budgie update, but it's a little busy. 


Here are some new pics..!


Miss Maxine made a nest on my roommate's head!

Sleep over until the foster is ready tomorrow!

Maxine is flirting with Henry, watch out Ricky..!
The lady bird laid an egg. Here's a helpful link as to what to do.
http://www.cockatielcottage.net/egg_laying.html

9/12/10

Decided to keep them at HQ (My place) and they've been a pleasure...!

The egg never really developed and there were no other eggs laid. I'm looking into a substitute for the egg to control the need to make another one. =P

They took over Elly's Apartment...!

That's ok, Elly took over theirs and helped herself to some noms.
Even Pako didn't even seem to mind them and Pako is Lord of Jealousy..!
The 'tiels earned the prestigious and rare Pako's Seal of Approval!


Their first misting with me..!

Ricky was dipping his head in his water dish, so I checked to see if he likes the spray bottle, well you can see the results. He and Maxine LOOOVED the misting.

Maxine getting some sun after her shower.
Proof is in the soaked birds...!

Now here's an awesome singing/talking cockatiel.


9/24/10

As of 9/22/10 These guys have a foster home..!
I can't begin how perfect of a foster home it is.
I was even able to meet the famous NPLB Bernie...!
I need to post the link to the video that made me cry. Such a beautiful story.

Flower in the hair is a good indicator of nice people IMO!
Experienced with birds, having birds of their own with toys in large, clean cages. Screened porch is a plus and also an aviary..! Speaks of morning and weekly cleaning routines. Even the son is involved. So exciting!
That's some of what NFLB is looking for in a foster..!
Email me @ Nofeatherleftbehind@gmail.com if you're interested in joining the cause...!






#1 Adoptable and/or Fosterables

#1 Indian Ring Neck Needing Calm & Peaceful Foster/Forever Home 

Not Yet Named: Green Indian Ring Neck

This guy was dropped off at Bill's Birds. Nathan feels the guy isn't taking well to the atmosphere of the shop and has offered to turn him over to a good home. To help rescue birds, he's offered to help with cages, food, and advice as aid. 

I'm planning on taking him to the vet to get some tests and paper work done, but if anyone can offer to foster in the mean time, it would help lessen the stress of this guy. 

*If it's a home with other birds, quarantine is a must as a safety precaution.*

9/9/10

The little guy is VERY skiddish, much like a wild bird.
He's a plucker that Nathan offered up to be adopted through NFLB.
He wasn't fairing well in the atmosphere of the shop and stress won't help him feel better or look better.

I'm hoping to socialize him/her.

The vets think it may be a older girl or a younger male.
For the time being, Yoshi seems like a cute name.

Some small bit of progress was made the other day when I was cleaning the cage and letting him roam around the big bathroom. After letting him have some fun with freedom, I sat near him, talked to him, and eventually wrapped him up in a towel.
He didn't bite too hard when he did. I covered his face, then uncovered it to play peekaboo with him. I think he might have been amused in some way.
I also did "Boop!" and poked his beak. Trying to show him, I'm touching you, but I'm not hurting you. Then I let him back to roaming.

He's been more vocal lately. Maybe he's coming out of his shell a little more? I don't know. Maybe he's yelling at someone outside?

I gave him a fluffy wreath to go along with the wooden star and bell toy Nathan gave.

I'll call about the tests today. Hopefully he doesn't have anything major.

Louie and Yoshi are my special projects.
I don't want to subject them to another home that isn't going to be their forever home.

The budgies and the tiels need to be worked on more to get them homes. They're pretty much good to go. Hopefully the application form will be close to being done. Need to get it proofed by Jacq and hopefully a vet.


Here's some info on IRNs from http://www.indianringneck.com/


General:Like most parrots, Indain Ringnecks are intelligent and DO make great pets. They learn concepts quickly and love to show off. Along with being intelligent, they are great at talking. Quaker Parakeets are known for their talking ability; however, a ringneck can speak with clarity that’s phenomenal. These birds are truly masters at talking for their size and can easily compete with Quakers, Greys, and Amazons.
Healthy/Proper Diet Info: Link

Bringing home a New IRN:Link
(Or read below)
Interaction: Some ringnecks find human interaction terrifying and difficult--especially if you have an untamed ringneck.  Knowing a few tricks to help your new ringneck get used to your presence can go a long way when trying to get the bird accustomed to you.  Avoiding eye contact is essential as this intimidates them. Because ringnecks are hunted animals, they are very perceptive to our body language--this means making slow movements and speaking in a soothing voice to help calm your ringneck.  
 When walking into the room of the cage, whistle before you enter to alert the bird.  This will help the bird understand you are not making an effort to hide your presence and prepare the bird for your entrance.   These are just some basic guidelines and tips.

 
Bringing Home Your New Ringneck
Bringing home an Indian Ringneck is exciting and there are some pitfalls that can be avoided to ensure your parrot does not become stressed during this transition.   Like most parrots, ringnecks are sensitive to stressful situations and being placed into a new environment is no exception.   If proper research is done a new ringneck should adjust into its new environment smoothly.  This will intern set the tone for a long and happy life with you. 
The Arrival of Your New Ringneck
When your ringneck has been purchased and brought into your house for the first time you might have the temptation to hold him and introduce him to your family.   Though this is common, there are certain things you should take into consideration before you let your new ringneck out.  The first important thing to observe is the parrot’s health.
A healthy ringneck will react to human interaction in some way.  For example, an untamed ringneck might shows signs of fear, while a hand-tamed ringneck will gladly step on your finger.  A parrot that sits with ruffled feathers, a runny nose, watery eyes, and discharge from the vent should see a veterinarian immediately.  If other birds are present inside the house, your new ringneck should not be introduced into the same room until he has undergone some type of quarantine.
It is also important to observe the temperament of your ringneck before any handling can begin.  At this time it is usually good to take into consideration his upbringing, weaning, and socialization history.  A properly handfed ringneck will most likely enjoy some sort of human interaction.   His curiosity should be elevated and usually he should have no regard to who is handling him or any environmental changes.  If your bird is playful and confident from the beginning, then it would be acceptable to handle him upon his arrival.  
If your ringneck acts erratic and thrashes around his cage in the presence of humans or pets—most likely he was not handfed, was aviary raised, or is scared.  This is a clear and obvious warning that your ringneck needs time to adjust and has not been tamed.  The best thing to do in this situation would be to give the ringneck a few days to adjust before any handling can begin.  Knowing your ringneck's temperament will help eliminate a stressful situation. 
Are the Wings Clipped?
Before any handling is done ensure your ringneck’s wings are clipped.  Many new parrot owners do not realize the state of their bird’s wings until the bird is startled and flies away.  If your ringneck can fly, having his wings clipped will reduce a disastrous situation. There is noting more depressing then a lost bird because the wings were not clipped.
  
If your ringneck is scared it is important handling is kept to a minimum.  A stressed ringneck can easily bite and hurt itself in an effort to escape a tramatic situation.   When transferring the ringneck to its cage make sure to inspect the wings before the transfer is done.  A scared ringneck that does not have its wings clipped can easily fly into a window or mirror and kill itself—take caution.  If the ringneck will not move from one cage to another, gently take a small towel and wrap it around the bird and move it form one cage (carrier) to another.  Ensure to use gentile movements and a calm voice to reasure the bird and to make sure it is not frightened. 
 
A Clean Bill of Health
Knowing your ringneck has a clean bill of health is important if you’re going to introduce him into your home or aviary.  An ill bird could potentially transfer diseases or parasites to your established flocks if left unchecked.  Unfortunately, many breeders have made the mistake of not practicing a healthy quarantine and have learned the hard way.  An outbreak can quickly spread to healthy birds if not checked.
Always make sure to take all new ringnecks to the vet to ensure your new bird is in optimal condition.  Most breeders will offer some sort of guarantee or vet certificate upon the purchase of your bird.  Ruling out any diseases is a key factor to ensure you have a happy and healthy pet that can safely be integrated into your household.
Again, if you have other parrots, the new ringneck should be placed in a different room away from your established parrots to avoid any air born diseases.   Always wash your hands between sessions when interacting with your established birds and new birds.  Finally, always change the new ringneck's cage last after you have cleaned your original birds first.  This one-way interaction will reduce the chance of spreading disease from one cage to the other.   
Cage Placement
If the ringneck is not tamed the cage should be placed in a location where it is quiet and there are no loud noises.   Having a quiet place to relax and get acquainted with his surroundings is ideal for your new ringneck.  This is especially important if your ringneck has not been handfed and finds coping with change to be difficult.
If a ringneck is forced into a stressful situation he could quickly become ill or exhibit nervous behavior.  A worried ringneck will not eat and could thrash around his cage if placed in an uncomfortable area.  If possible, the cage should be placed at eye level to create a sense of confidence in your bird.  Ringnecks were designed to stay high in the trees so placing the cage in a higher location will give the parrot added security.   During the time the bird is adjusting to its surroundings, it would be a good idea to keep children, pets, and excessive noises out.
The cage should not be placed in a window without some sort of covering or shelter.   The sun can quickly overheat your parrot or a slight draft can cause the parrot to become ill.  Finding a balance between the sunlight and a properly dressed window that provides shade is ideal. 
Observation
Once the ringneck has been moved over to its new cage take the time to observe your new ringneck.   During this observation period make sure your ringneck is eating and drinking regularly.   Placing a few extra food and water bowls inside the cage is a good idea.  During this time, most ringnecks will not touch their food until their owner leaves the room.  You’ll know when the ringneck eats by examining his seeds. You want to look for cracked husks.  If you can’t tell then gently blow on the seeds and husks will fly off the top layer off seeds.
Another important thing to examine is your parrot’s stools.  If they are runny then this is a good sign your ringneck has diarrhea and still needs more time to adjust to its environment.  If your parrot has not made any effort to pass food then he is not eating enough--more space should be given to the ringneck.  For any reason if you believe your ringneck is ill do not hesitate to contact an avian vet. 
 
When walking into the room of the cage, whistle before you enter to alert the bird.  This will help the bird understand you are not making an effort to hide your presence and prepare the bird for your entrance.   These are just some basic guidelines and tips.  


Here's the amazing Marni from youtube. This buddy will make you fall in love with them.

Birds love Lady Gaga too..!











New Louie Update!


http://birdyrevolution.blogspot.com/2010/08/avian-aid-1-project-louie.html

8/26/10
Went to the vet and spent around 4 hours there.
I didn't mind one bit because they were doing me a favor and I was able to have some social time with Louie.  Broward Avian & Exotic's Link vets were very thorough.

Louie at the Vet. He's such a cuddle buddy and
 I've only known him for a short time.

Alot of the time was doing in-house tests, drawing blood. They knocked him out to clean out his nasal cavities.
She suspects is a sinus problem and the eye problem is the consequence.
She checked his chest, he's an old man, but he has a strong heart.
Cataracts in one eye, partially in the other.
Wounds healed in one eye, still present in the other.

Here's some of what came out of his nose.
The medicine I showed them at first was something they didn't stock.
Instead, they sent me home with this:

One is to sooth the eye, ones to fix the infection,
and Baytril to kill the sickness.



This is his favorite. He sat like this for the majority of the time.
Side note. I'm not use to giant amazon poops... Lordy...! I really needed my poopy-shawl.

He did make some friends while we sat in the room.
A bunny patient's family stopped by and peeped in out of curiosity. Told him the guys story and they were all loving on him too. You can't help but love Louie.


Louie at Starbucks. He's upper class like that.

After the vet, we went to Starbucks to wait for a new friend. I was able to share the word of the new rescue (No Feather Left Behind) and lots more nice people were interested.

I need business cards. =P

Some people take their doggies out. I just so happen to have a parrot.
They're are both amazing companions..!

I used my own money to fund this venture. Since he's part of the rescue, the bill was discounted.
Since his former mama ok'd his surrender to see that he got some good care, I'll thankfully be reimbursed at some point although
I don't want to be a burden to the original rescue so I need to work on getting up things to sell i.e. shirts and the like.
I could not let this guy go without a thorough exam. I need to see things for myself. There's more to it than previously thought.

I'll call up for the test results tomorrow. I hope he doesn't have anything serious.

Either way. Like what Clifford taught me, there's no promise of a tomorrow, so treat your companions the best you can, because in the end, that's all you can do.

1 or 2 Budgies?

Via: http://www.lisashea.com/petinfo/choosing/onetwo.html


Parakeets are flock creatures. They love to live in groups. That being said, YOU can of course be a part of the parakeet's "group". It all comes down to how much time you spend at home with your parakeet.
Let's say you're a stay at home elderly person who is in the living room 99% of wakeful hours. Your keet sleeps at night when you do, so it doesn't matter where you are when the keet is asleep :) If you are always in the room with the keet, the keet will be completely happy having you as a companion. There's no need for another bird.
However, if you are away at school all day long, and only get home at 6pm just before your keet is falling asleep, then your keet is going to be alone all day. That is really really cruel to do to a parakeet. Parakeets are meant to live in giant flocks, wheeling around in the sky. They consider being alone to be a very dangerous thing and in the wild they would do everything in their power to get back to the safety of the flock.

If you want to teach your keet to talk, then it is fine to have the keet alone for its first 6 months or so, while you work on that. Once that time is past, then it's really wise to get a second bird if you're not going to be around a lot.
Note that you should NEVER get 2 birds of opposite genders unless you want to have baby budgies and know how to raise them... and keep them.

Gotta keep with the theme, don't breed birds, adopt the ones in need..!

No Feather Left Behind

Here's what I thought to have for the logo so far..!


Sad Story about Over-Breeding and Pet Store Chains

This was shared with me from a FB friend after viewing Angel's story.

"When I was 12 I bought a Parakeet from the Pet Supermarket in front of my house. He was amazing! He was teal with white tips and had cerulean lightning bolts on each cheek! I named him Blue and he was awesome! He came when I clapped, he'd dive bomb our poodle (she deserved it), and if he wasn't caged during meals he'd walk around the table and steal from our plates. He was badass.

I went out of town for summer vacation and left him with my mom. When I came back all of his feathers had fallen out, the ones that had grown back were yellow and he didn't act like himself at all.
That's when I learned about over breeding, our vet said that his beautiful colors were abnormal and a telltale sign of a genetic disorder inbred parakeets get and that it was a really big problem. He died just after that.
12 years later and I'm still really mad about it!"

-A.W. 

The Top Ten Bird Hazards

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Although we all like to think that we always have our bird's best interests at heart, it is impossible to foresee every single household danger that our avian friends can get into. But it is wise to be aware of the most common dangers to our pet birds, so that we can avoid those situations. And, of course, it is an excellent idea to have a well-stocked first-aid kit on hand at all times, in the event that a mishap does occur. Be sure to discuss emergency plans with your avian vet and have a list of emergency phone numbers available.
Many birds die before their time as a result of mistakes made by their owners, either unintentionally or through ignorance. Learn about the top ten reasons birds die, and just perhaps, this information may save some birds' lives.

1. Water
Deprivation of water can also have fatal results. The most common reason for this happening is due to a water bottle malfunctioning. If the delivery tube's ball sticks, or if a bird stuffs an object into the tube, effectively blocking it, a bird will be deprived of water. If an owner doesn't check that all water bottles are working every day, or if it is not noticed that the water level in the bottle is not going down, it may be days before an owner recognizes a problem. Rarely, the unthinkable happens and a bird's water bowl may go unfilled for days, or the bird may empty the bowl, which goes unnoticed, resulting in fatal dehydration. Most birds will die if water is withheld for three days, unless lots of moisture-laden foods are fed.
I recently treated a peach-faced lovebird that was severely dehydrated due to a malfunctioning water bottle. The owner had changed the water two days previously, and hadn't noticed a problem until she saw her lovebird wobbling on the perch, eyes closed. She rushed him to my practice, when she had discovered that the water bottle wasn't working, and with treatment and good support care, he survived. I have also dealt with several aviaries that used a water delivery system, and one or a series of waterers malfunctioned or were turned off, resulting in the death of birds. Water, whether in a bottle or bowl, should be checked daily.

2. Unclipped Wings

If a bird is to be allowed freedom outside of its cage, its wings should be properly clipped. This means that it can glide gracefully to the ground. If the wings are not clipped correctly, or if several primary wing feathers have grown back unbeknownst to the owner, an alarmed bird may end up flying erratically around the house, or worse, launching itself to the top of a tree! Some avian vets actually have a name for birds that have had run-ins with ceiling fans (shredded tweet!) If a bird is frightened, it may mistake a window or mirror for open spaces, and end up with a concussion. Contrary to popular belief, birds RARELY break their necks with such an injury. In all my years of practice, I have only seen two birds with compression fractures in neck vertebrae as a result of flying into an object. They can, and do, however, develop concussions, bleeding inside the brain, fractures, lacerations, ruptured air sacs and other serious, potentially deadly injuries, however.

I can't tell you the number of times that a client has told me that their bird, although flighted, never flies, yet they are calling to inform me that it has just flown away! The perils outdoors are too numerous to list.

Birds indoors have flown into pots of boiling water, open commodes, windows, mirrors, fondue pots and an active fireplace, to name just a few of the household hazards that I have seen.

3. Toxic Fumes

Non-stick cookware and other household items possessing a non-stick surface made from polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) can be toxic to birds. If overheated (temperatures over 530 degrees F), the gas released is extremely dangerous to birds and can result in death. However, even with normal usage, some fumes may also be released, so non-stick cookware, drip pans, irons, ironing board covers and heat-lamps with a PTFE coating should not be used around birds.

Passive inhalation of cigarette, cigar and pipe smoke can cause chronic eye problems, skin irritation and respiratory disease. Birds that live in homes with smokes may develop coughing, sneezing, sinusitis and conjunctivitis, which may resolve spontaneously, if the bird is moved to a location free of smoke. Some birds exposed to chronic second-hand smoke will develop secondary bacterial infections, as well, which can prove fatal.

Many common disinfectants and household cleaning agents release fumes that can be toxic or fatal to birds. Chlorine bleach, phenols and ammonia can all have dangerous vapors that can cause irritation, toxicosis and even death.

Common household aerosol products, such as perfume, deodorant and hairspray, can cause respiratory problems in birds. They may cause severe inflammation and difficulty breathing, and after large or direct exposure, death can occur. Any pump spray or aerosol using a propellant can be dangerous to birds, and these should not be used around birds.

Natural gas leaks can cause sudden death in birds. Any type of heater, used improperly or with inadequate ventilation can be deadly to birds. Carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas, can also be fatal to birds. Anyone with pet birds should have a working carbon monoxide monitoring device in the home, preferably in the room where the birds are kept. Second-hand smoke from marijuana can also cause severe depression and regurgitation. Burning foods, overheated cooking oils and smoke from a fire can cause fatal inhalations.

4. Trauma


A bird with properly clipped wings may develop the "cute" habit of climbing down off of its cage to seek out favorite family members. A bird walking on the floor, especially a small one, may be easily injured by people who don't see it. Little Bad Boy, a green female budgerigar patient of mine, was one of the lucky ones; she survived being stepped on by her owner. She did suffer a broken pelvis and internal injuries that resulted in her requiring surgery. Another client with a beloved pet Quaker parakeet is still grieving over his death; her little bird was accidentally closed in a sliding glass door, and he died instantly. He was following his owner out the door when she slid the door shut behind her, not knowing that he was right behind her.


I have dealt with the deaths of many birds that had been stepped on, closed in doors, vacuumed up and one even was squashed when it was playing under a bandana on a desk! The owner (a student) had come home and tossed her textbooks onto her desk, instantly killing her parrotlet. Birds have been squished by recliners and fold-out beds and have also been killed by owners sitting on them when they have crawled under cushions. Little birds have been killed by computer printers, after climbing into the cartridge area. Larger birds have been electrocuted by chewing through electric cords. One sun conure that was playing in a pile of clothing in the laundry basket was drowned when its owner dumped the clothes into the washing machine, closed the lid, and "washed" the bird with the dirty clothes. An Amazon parrot that is a patient of mine climbed into the open dryer and the unsuspecting owner closed the door and turned on the dryer. Fortunately, the dryer was only set on "fluff" and the bird was only briefly tumbled when the owner realized what had happened. If the heat had been on, the bird might have died or suffered serious injury. Birds have also hopped off owners' shoulders and into open refrigerators and freezers. 

5. Other Animals
Birds should never be left unsupervised outside of the cage, especially if other animals, including other birds, share the same house. Even if a pet dog or cat has acted completely trustworthy around a pet bird, it should not be trusted. Many birds have died as a result of another housepet either "playing" too exuberantly with a bird, or from the pet biting or stepping on the pet bird.

For example, a client of mine had recently purchased a young military macaw, Kelly. Their medium-sized dog had been introduced to the new baby, and it had reacted with interest, trying to lick and sniff the bird. They hadn't even owned Kelly for one week when, left unattended for just a moment to answer the phone, the dog bit through the bird's beak, causing severe bleeding and injury to the still soft beak. Luckily, Kelly survived the bite, and with time, the beak has regrown and now appears quite normal, but the owners spent many anguished hours, not to mention a lot of money, working with me to keep the beak tissue infection-free, as it healed.

Birds may also injure each other. Lovebirds are notorious for nipping the toes of birds housed in neighboring cages. Toes are the most commonly injured body part, and bleeding may be serious, and even fatal. Especially with the onset of puberty, birds that previously got along together, may begin fighting, with fatal results.

Any animal bite should be considered extremely serious, possibly life-threatening. The bacteria found in the saliva and the mouth of a mammal can cause fatal septicemia (infection in the bloodstream) of a bird in very short order. Cat bites should be considered the most dangerous, as the Pasteurella bacteria commonly found in the feline mouth, are extremely hazardous to birds. Even a simple puncture by a tooth can result in a fatal infection. Scratches from claws are also extremely dangerous, as the risk of infection is very real.

6. Toxic Food or Plants

There are several foods that are very toxic to birds. Chocolate is digested in a different way by birds, and the metabolite, theobromide, is very toxic to them. Baker's chocolate and dark chocolate are the most toxic, and milk chocolate, although less toxic, is still a forbidden food for birds. Caffeine is also metabolized differently in birds, which also results in toxic compounds. There is some data that indicates that some varieties of avocado are toxic to birds, with perhaps the skin and pit being the most dangerous parts. Although unlikely to kill a bird, to be on the safe side, avocado should not be fed to birds. Onions can cause a fatal hemolytic anemia in dogs and cats, but since birds' red blood cells have a nucleus, this may protect the cells from the severe injury that occurs in other species. However, until this topic is studied, it is best to not feed onions to birds.

Some houseplants can be toxic, even fatal, to birds. Lists of potentially toxic plants have been published often in Bird Talk. Outdoor plants can also kill birds. I had a client with a pet cockatiel that died as a result of oleander toxicosis. Oleander is a beautiful flowering plant often used for landscaping in Florida where I live. Most Floridians can recognize this dangerous plant, however, newcomers to the Sunshine State may not know about it. This client, new to Florida, had placed some oleander branches in her cockatiel's cage, so that he could chew on the leaves and bark. When she next checked on her pet, he was already dead! It is very important that owners be able to identify dangerous plants that may be found in their bird's environment.

7. Hand-Feeding Mistakes
There is no doubt in my mind that many a baby bird has expired as a result of hand-feeding mishaps. Unweaned baby birds should not be sold or given to inexperienced hand-feeders for this reason. It is not necessary for a baby bird to be hand-fed by the family purchasing it in order for it to become "bonded" to them. Budgies are routinely tamed down as pets once they have fledged by the parents, and this can also occur with larger birds fed-out by the parents. Baby birds can also be hand-fed by the aviculturist, and be visited by the new owners to allow the babies to become accustomed to their new families. Weaned birds can be sold to owners, and they will settle in with their new families in no time. So, there is no reason for a baby to be fed by an inexperienced owner.

There are many different things that can go wrong during the hand-rearing process, including feeding formula improperly (mixed incorrectly, stored incorrectly, fed at wrong temperature), delivering the food improperly (dirty utensils, forcing food into the baby resulting in aspiration pneumonia, injuring the mouth or crop with feeding equipment), poor husbandry techniques (keeping the baby at the incorrect temperature, not practicing good hygiene, indiscriminate use of antibiotics), just to mention just a few potential problems.

Most commonly, babies are kept at the incorrect temperature, or the food is fed at too low of a temperature, resulting in a slowed down gastrointestinal tract, which can be fatal, if not corrected in time. If the baby is forced to eat, it may struggle and end up inhaling the baby formula, resulting in aspiration pneumonia. If a large amount of food is inhaled, the baby will die immediately, but if a small amount of food ends up in the respiratory tract, the aspiration pneumonia may result in the baby suffering for days, trying desperately to breathe, before it dies.

Infection is common in hand-feeding babies that are not cared for properly. Bacterial infection, fungal infection and polyoma virus infection are the most common infectious diseases in baby birds, and all can prove fatal.

Hand-feeding is best left up to those with experience.

8. Owner-Caused Diseases
Although it is fun to take baby birds to bird shows, swap meets and club meetings, it is very dangerous for the babies. Infections can spread to baby birds, even through the air, even if the owner is diligent about not allowing any direct contact with the babies. Many diseases can prove fatal to babies, especially polyoma virus. Adult birds are also at risk from exposure to other birds from the same sources, as well as from trips to the pet store, as well. Having parties where owners bring their birds can also spread disease. Unfortunately, a bird can carry a disease, and be able to pass it to others without appearing ill. Proventricular dilatation disease (PDD), chlamydiosis (psittacosis), Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD) and pacheco's disease may all be spread by birds that MAY appear healthy in physical appearance. Giardia, a one-celled protozoal organism, can be spread by a bird ingesting food or water contaminated by the droppings of an infested bird. Remember that we don't even have tests for some of the diseases that birds can have! Deliberately exposing birds to other birds, even if they have been vet checked, is dangerous and should be avoided, or kept to an absolute minimum.

Many bird owners make a common mistake when adding a new pet to the family. Regardless of the origin of the bird, and any testing run on the new bird, it should be quarantined for at least one month, preferably two, before it is introduced into the home. There is very sound logic for this. If the bird is harboring an infectious agent, the stress of moving the bird to a new home may precipitate it breaking with signs of clinical illness. Not every person can afford to test a new bird for everything we have diagnostic lab exams for, so quarantine can often protect the family's established pet birds from the risk of disease. And conversely, a pet bird may have a sub-clinical infection that it could pass to the new bird, so quarantine also protects the newly acquired bird.

A client of mine had two pet birds, a cockatiel and a quaker. They bought a cherry-headed conure from a pet store, and noticed after about a month that it wasn't acting well. They had put the new bird in their bird room with their other two birds immediately upon bringing it home. The little conure tested positive for chlamydiosis, and because they did not quarantine the new bird, I ended up treating all three birds with injections (once a week) for almost two months. Follow-up testing showed that all three birds seemed over the infection. Then about four months later, they called me because the quaker wasn't acting well. When I inspected their bird room, there was a new green budgie in there! They told me that they had caught the budgie when it landed on the husband's shoulder outside their home. Instead of quarantining him, they once again put the new bird into the same room as their pets. I tested the budgie, and the tests showed that the budgie was shedding the chlamydial organism, as was the quaker! So, all the birds had to undergo treatment for chlamydiosis once again! Although none of the birds died, they had been quite ill. Testing and quarantining might have prevented this.

Owners must understand that it is dangerous for pet birds to have direct contact with their owner's mouths. We carry bacteria and fungi that can cause serious infection, or even death, in our birds. Birds should never be kissed with an open mouth, nor should birds be allowed any contact with the owner's teeth, tongue, lips or saliva.

9. Heat Exposure
Exotic birds, while from warm, tropical climates, cannot tolerate excessive heat. Children, dogs, cats, other pets and birds should never be left in a car during warmer weather, even with the windows partially lowered. Temperatures inside a car can rapidly reach lethal levels.

Heat can also kill birds in a more insidious way. An owner may place a cage outdoors in the shade in the morning, for fresh air, and as the sun slides across the sky during the day, the bird may end up in the direct sun by the afternoon. With no place to escape the sun, a bird may rapidly develop hyperthermia and die. An overheated bird will begin panting, and with panting, will also begin getting dehydrated. Most birds suffering from hyperthermia will try to get out of the sun, and may try to bathe to cool off, if possible. If the bird's body temperature rises high enough, it will seizure and die. Hyperthermia can also occur if a bird's cage is relocated by a window, with no shade to escape the sun. Hyperthermia can also occur in baby birds, if a brooder is set at too high of a temperature, or if the brooder malfunctions.

10. Sleeping With BirdsBirds should sleep in their cages. Birds that are allowed to sleep in bed with their owners are at serious risk for suffocation or life-threatening trauma. Even though an owner has slept with the pet bird for a while, there is always the chance that the bird will get lodged between the waterbed and frame, smothered under a pillow, or be rolled over on during sound sleep. It has happened all too often to allow such a risk. Although it is fun to read or watch television in bed or on the sofa with a pet bird, if there is a chance that you might doze off, it is time to return the bird to its cage.

Although we cannot foresee every possible accident or problem that can occur with our pet birds, by knowing the top ten bird killers, you can avoid the most common dangers.

Avian Aid #1 - Project Louie

Louie the Yellow Crowned Amazon...

Louie on his way home with me.
8/21/10
He's not a full rescue, the parront had trouble medicating him without getting bit, I suspect he has Avian Conjunctivitis Link as does Nathan's vet, Dr. Newman, whom Nathan provided in order for him to get re-checked at no charge to the parront. He also provided the eye drops I now give to him 3-4 times a day.

His left eye is puffy and the extra eye-lid is red. Right eye isn't as bad, but shows irritation and puffiness.
The left eye is worse off than the right.
He looks happy in the pic, I want him to feel happy too.
I felt bad for the sweet guy, so I took him to my place. I put him in quarantine in my parent's bathroom. It's a nice big bathroom, half-carpeted, outside the door is the bed where my mom usually hangs out, so he's not alone. The big window is in there too. Need to get a better radio for him. The volume on it doesn't work well, but mom's TV is on.

There's A LOT of showering, changing clothes, and hand washing going on to prevent any potential infection. He has to be last on the list for food and cuddles in the morning, but he gets them..! 

Louie's first bowl of organic yummies..!
He's got fresh organic fruit & veggies, Harrison's, a few pieces of Zupreem just in case he wants a different option. I put a lamb plushie in there too just to keep him company because he isn't one for toys it seems, but maybe cuddle-buddies. I also have a humidifier near his cage. Maybe the moisture will loosen up the ick, same for when someone takes a shower in there.
(I'm using the same humidifier Mom's had since I was a little kid. That and the vacuum from back in the day lasted forever..! Today's stuff is crap..!)

Georgie felt like helping that morning with making yummies!
He wandered and climbed all along the inside of the new cage when I put him in there. Maybe to get a feel for it because his eye sight is impaired.

I notice if you tap his foot, that's a sign for him to step up. So I tap his foot and say, "Step up!" to try to get him to learn.

Gave him some of the Tobramycin Ophthalmic Solution Link provided by Dr. Newman.
Did not get bitten, it's just a matter of patience.

I think talking to a bird as you're doing the meds is important. =/
I always talk to my guys. They always act like they're listening. =D

I may use some Aloe from my plants outside to help also, after I research how to best apply it.

To introduce him to my dad:
At 10:00pm he came home from work. Went to have dinner.
I showed him funny amazon videos while he was eating to butter him up to Louie.
Here's a few of them:





I also put a note on the bathroom door saying "DO NOT FREAK OUT - I'm NOT keeping him, just medicating him. Look how sad he looks."
I hid in my room when he went to investigate
Came out after about 10 minutes.
He asked, "What's that in my bathroom?" Not too pissed really, more "Wha? Why?".
I told him the situation. He says, "How long?" I say, "Till he's better, maybe 2 weeks?".
I'm not really sure >_>
He says, "You can't save the world, you know?"
I say, "I can save what I can, and 1 bird helped is the world to that 1 bird."
He shakes his head and knows there's no arguing with me.
I think he understands, he's also a closet bird-lover. He had tiels and finches growing up. That and all the birds smother him with love.
Especially Elly and Pako.
When he laughs, Elly laughs, then there's a loop of that for a few minutes.


8/22/10
He had lots of eye-gookies. Tried to use a warm damp cloth to get it off of him.
Took too long and he didn't much like it. I don't blame him.
So I went hardcore. I put a towel over my shoulders, turned on the shower to warm, and hopped in with him on my shoulder. I would go "Ok! Here we gooo..!" and lean back to get his head wet. Hopefully he felt a little better because he wasn't the only one getting soaked. The gook was gone with little effort just like I hoped. The water was probably good for his eyes too..! Took him outside afterward because he was all shivery.
I put my arm on the banister and he sat there, and I pet his back with no problem.
The whole time he was rather quiet. I think he's quiet because of the sickness. I hope he gets a little more happy-vocal as time goes on.

Look! No more eye-gookies..!

But his eyes are still icky. He's a sweetheart though.
Mom wants to keep him, but he's someone elses' baby. Also, if I keep him, I won't be able to help any more buddies in need. Also, my 4 fabies are jealous enough. I don't want to have to give them less attention.

Before bed, sat with Louie, Mom, Dandy-cat, and I watching hurricane stories on the Weather Channel.
I put a towel under Louie, on a pillow. He sat on it and watched TV as I pet his back and scritched his neck.
Doesn't freak out as much when you put your hand near his head.


8/23/10
Morning, before heading to work:
Tended to everyone. Scritches with no problem, but Had trouble getting him off my shoulder to give meds. 5 minutes late, but worth it.

Did another shower-eye-wash when I got home after work. He didn't put up much of a fight again. We watched the news and Dandy tried to cuddle him. He climbed on my towel turban, and we were good for awhile. 

When putting him back in the cage, he wants to feel secure because of the eye-sight problem. So when he feels something there with his beak, he feels secure and will move forward.

Cuddled with him lots before going to bed.  He restes his head on my chest and I pet and talk to him.

8/24/10
He's being a sweet guy still. I can't make out if the eye is getting better or worse. =/
Taking him to my vet today. I have experience with them, they work with me, and maybe we can be more thorough.

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Went to the vet and spent around 4 hours there.
I didn't mind one bit because they were doing me a favor and I was able to have some social time with Louie.  Broward Avian & Exotic's Link vets were very thorough.

Louie at the Vet. He's such a cuddle buddy and
 I've only known him for a short time.

Alot of the time was doing in-house tests, drawing blood. They knocked him out to clean out his nasal cavities.
She suspects is a sinus problem and the eye problem is the consequence.
She checked his chest, he's an old man, but he has a strong heart.
Cataracts in one eye, partially in the other.
Wounds healed in one eye, still present in the other.

Here's some of what came out of his nose.
The medicine I showed them at first was something they didn't stock.
Instead, they sent me home with this:

One is to sooth the eye, ones to fix the infection,
and Baytril to kill the sickness.
Batril: Link


This is his favorite. He sat like this for the majority of the time.
Side note. I'm not use to giant amazon poops... Lordy...! I really needed my poopy-shawl.

He did make some friends while we sat in the room.
A bunny patient's family stopped by and peeped in out of curiosity. Told him the guys story and they were all loving on him too. You can't help but love Louie.


Louie at Starbucks. He's upper class like that.

After the vet, we went to Starbucks to wait for a new friend. I was able to share the word of the new rescue (No Feather Left Behind) and lots more nice people were interested.

I need business cards. =P

Some people take their doggies out. I just so happen to have a parrot.
They're are both amazing companions..!

I used my own money to fund this venture. Since he's part of the rescue, the bill was discounted.
Since his former mama ok'd his surrender to see that he got some good care, I'll thankfully be reimbursed at some point although
I don't want to be a burden to the original rescue so I need to work on getting up things to sell i.e. shirts and the like.
I could not let this guy go without a thorough exam. I need to see things for myself. There's more to it than previously thought.

I'll call up for the test results tomorrow. I hope he doesn't have anything serious.

Either way. Like what Clifford taught me, there's no promise of a tomorrow, so treat your companions the best you can, because in the end, that's all you can do.


8/26/10
Had a fluffy feather stuck in his eyelid. Had to wrap him up, moisten the eye, and get it out. He didn't like it, but I moved slowly and he eventually got use to it. I think he knows I don't want to hurt him.

Medicating him hasn't been too big of a problem.

Dad likes him because he's pretty quiet. Mom said he's been talking to him all day. =P


8/28/10


Late Post!
Tests came back pretty normal. Waiting on the last test to go over on Tuesday. Dr. was kind enough to call even after hours to let me know. I know it's hectic over there. If it's dire, she would've called me asap. I'll talk to her soon about the best course of action to get this guy a nice home. I'd love to be able to make visits.

Messy fruity beak!

Had to post this picture of him. He really had fun with his yummies today. See the bad eye isn't so bad looking today..!

9/2/10

Been a little quiet on Louie's updates because I've been so busy at work (omgz) and getting NFLB on the right track. There's a lot of planning between a lot of traveling and figuring out fosters and the like.
Took my 4 buddies for a their yearly wellness exam on Tuesday night. 

Almost done with the NFLB business cards. Louie was helping me finish them up last night.
Here he is with the glow of the computer and I. 


LOUIE IS RELATIVELY HEALTHY!!!! With a side of Sinusitus.. o_o But it's curable!!!
No Asper, no conjuctivitis based off the samples from his nose. 
He's already being treated properly for it. Today he's going to get a re-check and to take the blood boogies out.

He's also going to be heading over with a new rescue buddy donated by Bill's Birds.
The IRN named *drum roll* Yoshi..!
I'll start Avian Aid #2 Project Yoshi soon.  He's going to be socialized and destressed, hopefully to prevent any further plucking.

More Tears to Motivate.



No living creature deserves this...
Work with me to speak out against this and educate people of the horrors of breeding birds and Pet Stores.

I'm hoping to have an education & adoption table at the bird show in December in FL.
Everyone get the word out for Angel, and even my Georgie who shows the "scars" of neglect and abuse. (He's a spoiled boy now)
No bird or animal should suffer like this.
You see this cruelty with this poor baby, think of the cruelty that occurs when it gets older.
It's too loud, it bit me, I'm bored with it.
Find good homes for those in existence...! Love your birds like they're children.
Been almost a year, and I'm getting close to my dreams of a bird Rescue.
I wish chain stores would do adoption only, similar to what they do with dogs and cats.
Friend saw a Cockatoo in a Pet Supermarket..!
I saw a VERY similar video to this some time ago...
This happens all...the...time...
Fight it.

Avian Einstiens

Anyone who owns a bird doesn't need a scientist to tell them how incredible and incredibly smart they are. So smart, they even have personality quirks like many humans do.

Pako has 1 feather he plays with and will hand to you. We call it his feather friend. He registers "Step up"  the more commanding the tone, the faster he'll step up, even if he doesn't want to. He knows "Go poopy" and he will because he knows he won't go back on your shoulder until then.

Georgie is afraid of hands and extremely attached to his 2 yarn toys. Aptly named his wife and his mistress. Registers, "Wanna cuddle?" and if he's in the mood, he'll launch into the blankey for cuddles.

For those who don't understand, here's some sites and videos! Learn why Bird Brain is a compliment.

http://www.all-birds.com/brain.htm