Foods Toxic To Birds

1. Chocolate

2. Mushrooms

3. Fruit seeds

4. Alcohol/Caffeine

5. Avocado pit/skin

6. Dried beans


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Traveling With Your Bird
  • See Home Page – Pet Travel for general info
  • JetBlue and Southwest do not allow birds.
  • Fees for carry-on range from $80-$100 ONE WAY.
  • You need to make reservations for carrying your pet in the cabin as there are quotas.

 Delta Airlines

 May 15- Sept 15 (Summer)

Pets cannot be checked as baggage.

US Airways

Birds checked as baggage only on non-stop flights in Boston, Washington DC and LGA (NYC)
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What kind of diet is healthy for your bird?

There are two main areas regarding the diet for your bird: are you only giving it seeds? are you providing enough Vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus, and Vitamin D3 which is necessary for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus?

However, you need to get the right balance of these, especially cockatiels, budgies, parakeets and finches that are sensitive to high calcium/Vitamin D3 levels. 

Vitamin enriched seeds—the vitamins are sprayed onto the seed hulls which the birds discard and eat only the seed (without vitamins) or, if it comes with fortified pellets, many times the bird will not eat the pellets.

Fruits and vegetables are important to feed your bird, however, they should be removed after a few hours so they do not spoil.

Carrots: Vitamin A

Eggs: Hard boiled with shell –Vitamin A, calcium,

phosphorus and Vitamin D3.

Sweet potatoes: Vitamin A

Broccoli: Leaves and Flowers – Vitamin A, calcium

Spinach: Vitamin A

Collard Greens (washed): Vitamin A

Cuttlebone: Calcium

Bone Meal: calcium and phosphorus

Mineral Block: Minerals

Seeds: 20% of diet

If you are feeding your bird pellets, be extremely cautious of vitamin/mineral toxicity if you decide to also provide vitamin supplements. FIRST, know what is in your bird’s food—fresh and pellets, and what level of vitamins they might need and can tolerate.   If you need to change what you are feeding your bird, do it gradually. Also the droppings/feces color may change as you do this.

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Can canaries be taught songs?

Only male canaries sing (the females stop after about six months) and they can be genetically bred to sing certain note rhythms and can be trained to sing certain songs to a degree before mating. If they stop singing, it can be because they are malnourished, ill, need more light, molting or stressed. In the wild, birds call or sing to attract a mate and, note danger or food. Canaries can be bred for color and/or singing.

Some types of singing canaries are: German Roller, Belgian Waterslager, American Singer, and Spanish Timbrado.

To hear some comparisons of canary songs

To learn more about breeding song birds

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Do birds have tongues?

YES, most birds have tongues!

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Bird's Stomachs

After birds eat and swallow, the food goes into a area called a “crop” which stores food and provides small amounts to the stomach which has two parts—a part with digestive juices which break down the food, and a gizzard which grinds up food. Then the food goes to the intestine.

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