Avian & Exotic Pet Clinic of Roanoke

Experienced Care for your Unique Pet!

Paul Stewart, DVM

F.A.Q.s

  • Pelleted diets from Harrison and Roudybush are best for your avian friends.
  • The use of a water bottle rather than a water bowl helps to minimize bacterial contamination from feces.
  • Give your friend a cage large enough for them to spread their wings and to get some exercise.
  • Flight exercise in a safe supervised area can decrease the risk of atherosclerosis in birds.
  • Finches and parakeets can cost less than $100. Exotic parrots range into the thousands
  • Do not overfeed your feathered friend. Obesity leads to suffering and a large percentage of deaths in our captive birds
  • Grit is not necessary for digestion in parrots or parakeets because they ‘shell’ the seeds they ingest.
  • Health tips: fresh water, a balanced diet, and exercise will keep your bird buddies healthy.
  • Pet parrots most definitely need regular sleep at night and in fact most need about 12 hours good sleep, otherwise they can suffer in their health.
  • Direct sunlight or full-spectrum artificial lighting (with UVB) can help keep your bird’s bones strong.
  • Appropriate diet and husbandry can more than double the average pet bird’s lifespan.
  • Providing your bird with routine bathing can decrease feather picking behavior.
  • Birds with color mutation often have decreased disease resistance.
  • Pet parrots most definitely need regular sleep at night and in fact most need about 12 hours good sleep, otherwise they can suffer in their health.
  • The relatively shortened average lifespan is most often caused by inadequate diets and husbandry
  • Maximum Lifespan :
    • Amazon- (double yellow head)-75 years (avg. 15 years)
    • Macaw- 50 years (avg. 15 years)
    • Cockatoo- 60 years (avg. 15 years)
    • African grey- 50 years (avg. 15 years)
    • Eclectus- 20 years (avg. 8 years)
    • Conure- 35 years (avg. 10 years)
    • Lories and lovebirds- 12 years (avg. 4 years)
    • Cockatiels- 30 years (avg. 6 years)
    • Budgerigars- 18 years (avg. 6 years)
    • Duck- 10-15 years
    • Goose- 15-20 years
    • Ostrich-80 years
    • Emu- 30 years