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New bird, now what?

February 2, 2011 by  
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We feel fortunate at Olathe Animal Hospital to have proactive owners who want the best for their new birds. A good bird owner realizes that, while a new bird may look and act perfectly healthy, a trip to the vet is one of the first and most important things to do. In fact, establishing a… Read more

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The Keys to Retrieving Escaped Birds

January 26, 2011 by  
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Whether it’s accidental or intentional, letting a pet bird escape or get lost presents a nightmare situation for bird owners. Yvonne Patterson, bird owner, bird trainer, and President of Wings of Love, a 501c3 non-profit providing educational bird shows, wrote an article on retrieving escaped… Read more

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Bird Cage Cleaning Tips

May 19, 2010 by  
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Everyday cleaning tips: Wipe down your bird’s cage, perches, and playgym with a bird-safe cleaner, wipe or brush at end of the day. Use a handheld vacuum to suck up seeds, dander, feather, and dust, and/or keep a dust pan nearby to sweep up debris. Speed-cleaning products… Read more

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Screaming behavior in parrots

December 17, 2009 by  
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  This article is borrowed from Barbara Heidenreich with the owner’s permission. Wow. That Bird Sure Can Scream! By Barbara Heidenreich www.GoodBirdInc.com “Screaming. Somebody reinforced the heck out of that behavior.” I said to myself. Misty, a double yellow headed Amazon… Read more

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Renal Tumor in a Budgie

December 14, 2009 by  
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Among the hundreds of parrot species kept as pets, budgies (also known as budgerigars or parakeets) have a reputation for being extremely prone to cancer. It’s a very sad and unfortunate fact, and due to the perception that they’re not as valuable as some other species, research as to why… Read more

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Egg binding in a cockatiel

December 11, 2009 by  
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Some female cockatiels can be very “hormonal” and lay eggs even when there is no male bird around. This happened recently to a cockatiel who came to Olathe Animal Hospital on emergency because she was trying to lay an egg but she became egg-bound. This means she was unable to pass the egg. This… Read more

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Wing Fracture Repair in an Amazon Parrot

December 8, 2009 by  
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Things weren’t looking good for this Double-yellow headed Amazon parrot–she was 40 years old, had eaten seeds (sunflower seeds are her favorite!) her whole life, and she had just broken her wing (complete fracture of the right radius and ulna) after falling off her perch. The fact that she has… Read more

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Wing Trims

December 8, 2009 by  
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Not all bird owners want their birds’ wings trimmed, and that’s perfectly okay! In some situations, we feels it’s best to NOT trim the wings. However, when it is time to trim your birds wings, keep in mind the following points: Trim both wings equally. Trim each feather individually (ie don’t… Read more

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Hypocalcemia in an African Grey Parrot

December 8, 2009 by  
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Congo is a wild-caught African Grey Parrot, presumably about 25 years old, who came to us late on a Thursday night because he’d stopped eating. We sent him home after gavaging him (administering formula directly into crop with a tube) and drawing some blood. Due to the time of day, we couldn’t get… Read more

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