Caring for your pet bird is a daily responsibility, but it can take on extra significance depending on the season. Summer for example can present many potential health problems for birds, particularly if they are normally housed outside.
Here are some useful tips to help ensure your bird remains in good health throughout those summer months.
Housing your bird outside during summer is fine as long as you are careful to make sure it is protected from direct sunlight. Like most of us, birds will quickly become dehydrated when exposed to extreme temperatures for too long so be sure to choose a protected areas that perhaps captures the morning sun but is covered in shade during the hottest part of the day. You can help keep your bird cool during summer by providing plenty of fresh water for drinking and bathing, as well as the occasional light spray with a water bottle full of water.
Think carefully about where you place the cage. If you have any underground sprinklers in your garden you will need to make sure that they are not squirting water right through your pet's cage when they come on.
You will also need to make sure the cage is not in a windy or draughty position. If your home is in an area prone to strong winds, you may need to consider positioning the cage in an area protected by trees and shrubs or even a man made shelter.
If you have a deciduous tree in your back yard it's best to put the cage just outside the drip line of the tree to ensure it has plenty of shade during the summer and ample sun during the autumn and winter.
Fresh fruits and vegetables make a terrific summer treat as they not only taste great, but are also full of refreshing moisture.
Vegetables such as silver beet, broccoli, beans, peas, cabbage, sweet corn, carrot, sweet potato, pumpkin and even parsley are highly sought after, while fruits such as apples, stone fruits, oranges, pears, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and melons also make for a refreshing snack. Remember, all fruits should be thoroughly washed before use, with any pips or stones removed.
Here's to a sensational summer!