of maintaining an aviary involves plain and simple observation.
Why? Because if you don't take the time to watch your birds
regularly, you don't get a chance to become familiar with their
regular behavior. If you don't know what is normal, you will
not be able to recognize the abnormal. And even if you know
what is normal, if you let your guard down for a few days, you
could fail to recognize illness in a bird during the period
when it may still be treatable. Be aware that birds cover up
their ailments very well. By the time they start showing symptoms,
they are often extremely ill. But if you are familiar with the
regular behavior, you can frequently detect a problem before
it reaches that point.
sick bird in an aviary is a ticking time bomb. It is absolutely
essential that a sick bird be identified as early in the illness
as possible, be removed from the aviary and quarantined, and
its illness be identified and treated to the best of your ability
(preferably by taking the bird to an avian veterinarian). When
possible, preventive actions should be taken to protect the
other birds, including cleaning/disinfecting the living environment
and preventive treatment where indicated.
found this out the hard way. (You can read about Our
Tragic Experience here.)
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