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Pet Owner Version

Introduction to Routine Care and Breeding of Pet Birds


Manuals Staff

Last full review/revision Jul 2011 | Content last modified Jan 2017

Recent advances in medicine for pet birds—and the change from wild-caught birds to those raised in captivity—have changed the emphasis from infectious diseases and emergency medicine to wellness care. The importance of nutrition and behavior in the health of caged birds has been acknowledged and plays a major role in pet bird wellness programs. Understanding the natural behavior of birds will help make the relationship between owner and bird more enjoyable for both.

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