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Avian Health

   INFORMATION FOR THE BREEDER 

BEFORE SETTING BIRDS UP FOR BREEDING

CARING FOR YOUR FLOCK 

 THE FOCUS IS ON  BREEDING AND ITS CHALLENGES

 INCUBATING EGGS / CARING FOR CHICKS

THE COMPLEXITIES OF GENETICS

INFO ON SPECIFIC PARROT SPECIES and ASSOCIATIONS / SOCIETIES

FREE WEBSITE ADVERTISING SOURCES

ON-LINE BIRD MAGAZINES / ARTICLES

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 BEFORE SETTING BIRDS UP FOR BREEDING

What Kind of Bird is Right For Me?  (Please click on the underlined headings below to learn more about the bird you are considering adding to your breeding program.)

The Petbird Page - Info on Different  Species, Pictures, Pet Qualities, Housing and General Care

Parrot Pictures, Descriptions and Care Requirements

The Lexicon of Parrots (Pictures, Description, Care)


AVIARIES:
Aviary Photo
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Aviary Building Tips  BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Custom Long Flight / Aviary Tips  BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Small Aviary for your Deck  Sheltered Aviary BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Creating and Enjoying an Indoor Aviary

It all begins with a TRUE pair of HEALTHY birds - Testing is a Necessary Aspect of Responsible Breeding:

New Bird Testing

There is no doubt that every newly purchased bird should be tested and quarantined before introducing it into an established flock.  There are different ways of testing new birds, both of which are discussed below.

Common sense (based on some idea on how easily transferable -- airborne -- some pathogens are) indicate that taking breeding pairs to the vet every year for a "well-bird testing" can be hazardous to your flock's health.  Like a breeder friend of mine pointed out: "What better way of picking up a disease?"   I am not saying that you shouldn't do it, however, I would urge you to discuss with your vet an arrangement for him to come to your place rather than you going to the vet offices where the likelihood of airborne (or otherwise) diseases by other patients may endanger your bird's -- and indeed your flock's -- health.  If a vet visit is indeed necessary, do point out to your vet your concern about direct/indirect contact with sick birds/disease pathogens, and discuss with him when it would be safe for you to visit (maybe first time in the morning, before other patients come in).  Be it as it may, I would consider ANY bird that was at a vet's office a risk to your flock and would recommend quarantaining it from your flock.

There are vets that specialize in "Avian Flock Management" -- part of which is providing discount pricing to breeders and on-site vet visits.  This would be the route to go for well-bird check-up.

DNA Sexing/Disease Testing  BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)  Cal. Avian Lab (Lab. Reference Ranges, Disease Testing) 

DNA vs. Surgical Sexing BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)  Sexing Cockatiels BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)  Visually Sexing Cockatoos

An Introduction to MAP (Model Aviculture Program)

Here is a list of RECOMMENDED BREEDERS.   If you would like to recommend a breeder, please contact me.  Also, MAP-certified breeders, please e-mail me so that I can include you under "Recommended Breeders." Thank you.

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CARING FOR YOUR FLOCK

Dietary Requirements of Commonly Kept Psittacines & Converting Seed Junkies (VETARC) - Disease Prevention in Commercial Aviaries  BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)
A Practical Guide To Disinfectants
The African Grey Health Care Kit
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Bird Care Guidelines BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Food & Nutrition
Avian Nutrition BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Average Bird Weights  BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Food We Shouldn't Feed Birds 
Do-It-Yourself Seed Cleaner 
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Doing Your Own Bacterial Cultures / Microbiology for the Aviculturist

VETARC HOME PAGE
(Excellent Products & Services)  For specific, excellent info provided by the Vet Arc website, please visit the following: 
DIETARY REQUIREMENTS / CONVERTING TO PELLETS, DISINFECTING IN THE NURSERY

Food as Natural Medicines
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Let Food Be Your Medicine

Some individuals thrive in creating a wonderful green aviary for their birds.    My brother-in-law is one of them.  His aviaries are enhanced by water fountains, huge decorative rocks and plants.   He received the 'most attractive aviary set-up' award  ... Anyway, if you also enjoy decorating your birds' environment with greenery take into account that some plants are indeed toxic to your birds:

Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Toxic Plants BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Safe Plants BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Toxic Plants & Foods
Non-Toxic Branches & Plants
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Teflon Poisoning

Put-It-Together-Yourself First Aid Kits BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Ordering First Aid Kits

Do-It-Yourself Bacterial Testing - Microbiology for the Aviculturist

The Importance of a Necropsy

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THE FOCUS IS ON BREEDING AND ITS CHALLENGES

One thing is sure - our birds don't always cooperate as we would like them to.   I have heard the theory that if you find eight or more eggs in a nest you have two females.  Now, at this moment I have one pair of lovebirds with TEN eggs in their nesting  box, and they are DEFINITELY a compatible pair.  In fact, the first baby hatched just yesterday.    This situation definitely leaves me with a problem - to stop them from 'overdoing it' in the future in order to ensure their continued good health ... Recommended measures: removing nesting box and nest-making material, moving them to different locations (new cage, new room or aviary) or separating the pairs.  I personally don't like the last measure of separating bonded pairs for sentimental reasons:   I hate the idea of splitting up bonded pairs.  But many excellent breeders practice and swear by this method.

Please note that my particular experience of a true pair laying 10 eggs is the exception to the rule ... in many cases, the "eight eggs or more" rule applies as indication that two females are 'trying to raise a family' ... Having birds sexed before setting them up for breeding will eliminate this possibility ...

FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO UNSUCCESSFUL BREEDING EFFORTS
(Click on each for indepth information):
Infertility  BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)  Reproductive Disorders BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)
Preventative Program for a Healthier Stud
A Caution Against Inbreeding
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Keeping Breeding Records

Stopping Disease in Aviaries (Heike Ewing)

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INCUBATING EGGS / CARING FOR CHICKS

IS YOUR EGG FERTILE?
Info on Candling Eggs

Egg Incubation/Hatching
Handfeeding Tips - Day One through End of First Week by Gloria at Whitewings Farm
Egg Production 
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)  Incubation Data/Techniques  
Psittacine Incubation Periods & Incubation Techniques
Causes of Death or Abnormalities in Embryos BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)  Diagnosing Dead-In-Shell
Hatching Eclectus

Caring for Chicks

Tips from the Vet (Caring for/Feeding Baby Birds)
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Housing & Feeding of Baby Parrots 
Handfeeding Methods 
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)  Handfeeding: Step-by-Step BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Handfeeding
Handfeeding Tips by Gloria (Whitewings Farms)
Handfeeding Parrots The Cockatiel Cabin's Handfeeding Procedures

Caring For "Day One" Cockatiel Babies) BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Handrearing and Weaning
Handrearing Tips bullet1.gif (851 bytes) Abandance Weaning
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Associated Problems
Slow Crop BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)
Sour Crop BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Early Chick Mortality
 
Hatching a Traumatized Egg  BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)  Crop Disorders 

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THE COMPLEXITIES OF GENETICS

Cockatiel Genetics BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)
 Cockatiels Genetics 2
Cockatiel Color Mutations Photos/Description BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)  Gala Mutations
Lovebird Color Mutations BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)
Peachfaced Lovebird Genetics Calculator
Head Color Inheritance in Gouldian Finches
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Bengalese (Finch) Genetics - Basic
Bengalese (Finch) Genetics - Grey Series
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Bengalese (Finch) Genetics - Sex Linkage
Bengalese (Finch) Genetics - Inos BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Bengalese (Finch)- Sexing & Crest

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INFO ON SPECIFIC PARROT SPECIES and ASSOCIATIONS / SOCIETIES

Index By Parrot Picture BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Exotic Birds Image Gallery 
International Aviculturist Society
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The Lexicon of Parrots (Pictures, Description, Care)

SPECIFIC PARROTS / BIRDS
(NOTE: If you can't find the specific species you are looking for, look under the main species, i.e., looking for info on Greencheek conures? Check under Conure)

A: 
AFRICAN PARROTS:
  The African Parrot Society
(Info on Greys, Poicephalus, Vasa Species)
AFRICAN GREYS:
African Greys
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Grey Parrot Intelligence BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The African Grey Parrot
Bird World: African Greys BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) African Parrot Society Home Page BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The Talking Parrot
AMAZONS:
The Amazing Amazons 
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The Amazona Society BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)  UpatSix Amazon FAQ 
UpatSix Amazon FAQ BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Emerald Forest Exotics - Amazon Mutations
AMBOINA KING PARROTS: Amboina King Parrots
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Amboina King Parrots 2
AUSTRALIAN BIRDS:
Articles by Mike Owen

B:
BUDGIES:
  All About Budgerigars
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) All About Budgies Links BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Budgies and Parakeets
Budgie Mania! BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Blue Chip Exhibition Budgerigar Society  BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Index of the World Budgerigar Organization BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Budgerigars Galore  BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)  Midland Budgerigar Association
All About Budgerigars 

Blue-Crowned Hanging Parrot

C: 
CAIQUES:  Caiques On-line Chat
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Those Colorful, Clownish Caiques! BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)  Caique Central
COCKATIELS: National Cockatiel Society
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) North American Cockatiel Society
The Cockatiel Page BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)  Sexing Tiels BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Cockatiel Genetics for Windows
Cockatiel Songs & Sounds BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Tiel Time (Cockatiels)  BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The Cockatiel Resource BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Cockatiels
Cockatiel Cabin BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Parakeets & Cockatiels  BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The American Cockatiel Society 
COCKATOOS:  Cockatoos 
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Cockatoo Heaven BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Breeding Palm Cockatoos
Pet Bird Report - Cockatoos BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) How The Cockatoo Gave Color to the World BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Cockatoos
The Goffin's Cockatoo Page  BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The Greater Sulfur Crested Cockatoo Page
The Moluccan Cockatoo Page BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Cockatoo Talk BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)  Goffins Fanclub  
CONURES: 
The Greencheek Conure Homepage
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Greencheeck Conure Info
The Fallow Greencheek Conure
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Conures - Genus Aratinga BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Conures!
Sun Conure Information Sheet BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The Red-Fronted Conure Page BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)  Gold Capped Conure

E:
ECLECTUS:
Eclectus Care/Info 
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The Eclectus Page
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The Eclectus Society
The Eclectus Society2 BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Eclectus Care (The Land of Vos)  BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The Eclectus Gallery
About Eclectus BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The Eclectus Parrot  Page2 BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The Eclectus Parrot - An Overview

F:
FINCHES:
 
Zebra Finches
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) European Goldfinch BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)  Finchworld  BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Gouldian Finch
Gouldian Finch BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Java Rice Finch BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Strawberry Finch
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Finch World BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Owl Finches
Society Finches BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Hecks Grass Finches BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Red-Faced Parrot Finch 
Blue-Faced Parrot Finch BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Diamond Fire Tails  BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Grey Singing Finches BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Bengalese
(For info on Gouldian Finch Genetics - Please go to "The Complexity of Genetics Section - above).

G:  Grey-Cheeked Parrot Page BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)  Grey-Cheeked Parakeet2  

H:  Hawk-Headed Parrot

J:   Jardine Parrots

K:  Kakapo BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Kakarikis In Captivity

L:
LORIES / LORIKEETS: 
Lories and Lorikeets  
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)  Lory FAQ  BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The Lory Lover's Library
LOVEBIRDS:  The Various Species of Lovebirds
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The Lovebird Species / Pet Qualities / Care
The Lovebird Ring HomePage
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The Lovebird FAQ Page BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) African Lovebird Page
African Lovebird Society BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The Peach Faced Lovebird Page

M:
MACAWS: Those Majestic Macaws 
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Macaw Pictures BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Macaws1 BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Macaws2
Pet Bird Large Macaw FAQ BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Macaws as Companions BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Scarlet Macaw Page
Mini-Macaw FAQ BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Severe Macaw Page BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Hahn's Macaw Page BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Yellow-Collared Macaw
The Real Macaw Parrot Club BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The Blue-Throated Macaw BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)   Hatching Macaw
MYNAH: Mynah Bird Home Page

N:   Neophemas & Bourkes Parrots

Q:
Quaker Parrots
 
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Heike's Quaker Parrots  BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Quaker Parrot Information Center BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)
Quaker Resource Center / Info on Mutilation & Feather Plucking
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Stanley's Quakerville

P:    
PARROTLETS: International Parrotlet Society
 
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The Parrotlet Ranch Home Page 
Passion4Parrotlets BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The Celestial (Pacific) Parrotlet Page BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Pat's Parrotlet Page
PIONUS: 
The Genus Pionus
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The Bronze-Winged Pionus Page BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Dusky Pionus Page
Blue-Headed Pionus Page BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Maximilian's Pionus Page BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) White-Capped Pionus Page
POICEPHALUS:
The Poicephalus Main Page
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Poicephalus FAQ BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Poicephalus Chat
Jardine's Parrot Home Page BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)  The Red Bellied Parrot Page BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) The Meyers Parrot Page

V:    VASA Parrot

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ON-LINE BIRD MAGAZINES / ARTICLES

  BirdTalk Online BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) BPP Bulletin Magazine BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Online Book of Parrots

Breeding Rel. Articles
BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Today's Avian Friend BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) BirdBreeder Online BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) BirdTalk 
Winged Wisdom BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes) Horward Voren's Articles BirdNestForestBullet.jpg (1275 bytes)  FDA Veterinarian Magazine
Pet Bird Report

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