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Stress in Pet Birds

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Like all living beings, birds are sensitive to stress and suffer from it both psychologically and physically. Anxiety can have a variety of causes, and it is important to identify them quickly in order to make the necessary changes and allow the bird to regain a normal, more serene state of being.

Causes of Stress in Pet Birds

A New Environment: Any change in environment can disrupt a bird. Even the most insignificant modifications can lead to disturbances in the animal. These disruptions often occur when the bird arrives in its new home. The transportation and journey can inflict initial trauma, and once at home, the unfamiliar noises and atmosphere can disorient the bird. The bird needs time to become familiar with its new environment. If all the conditions are met to ensure its well-being (habitat, nutrition, etc.), it will eventually acclimate and begin its new life calmly.

Lack of Stimulation and Loneliness: Stress in birds can also stem from a lack of stimulation. They need toys, activities, and an enriched environment to be happy. They also require individuals with whom they can interact, both their owners and fellow birds. Solitude and boredom are sources of stress.

Disruptive Living Space: Nothing is worse for a bird than cramped quarters. A cage that does not provide enough space for the bird to spread its wings and take a few flights is the surest way to make it unhappy and stressed. An overcrowded cage or aviary also causes disturbances for the bird, as does its placement. Some bird species require calm surroundings, while others appreciate a sense of activity around them.

Health Problems: Inappropriate diet, inadequate hygiene, and health issues contribute to stress in birds. This creates a vicious cycle, as stress paves the way for diseases.

Recognizing Signs of Stress in Birds

A stressed bird becomes very agitated or, conversely, abnormally calm or even depressed. It may constantly huddle up or refuse to eat. One of the most common manifestations of stress in birds is feather plucking, where they pull out their own feathers or do it to their peers. Another symptom related to stress in pet birds is dull plumage.

Stress in Pet Birds

Solutions for Bird Stress

Once the cause of stress is identified through the aforementioned signs, it is necessary to make the appropriate changes.

For example, changing the placement of the cage, such as placing it in the living room if the bird needs to feel surrounded or in a quieter location if it cannot tolerate agitation, can be helpful. It is also important to avoid unnecessary disturbances. Intrusions into the cage can be perceived as disruptions, so they should be limited to cleaning operations and filling the feeders and waterers. If there are children in the family, it is important to teach them to respect the bird and not disturb it.

If the problem is related to the small size of the cage or overcrowding in the aviary, it is recommended to install additional cages to provide more space for each individual, couple, or small group.

Finally, if the bird’s stress is associated with its health, only a veterinarian can prescribe the appropriate treatment and recommend any necessary dietary changes.

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- Mahatma Gandhi

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

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