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|Help and Advice|
The Society has many experienced members in all forms of aviculture. Advice on care, breeding, conservation, pet behavioural problems etc, is available to all members and members of the general public via a simple 'phone call'. Despite recent indications in some bird-keeping magazines, we do not insist that you become a member before helping you as that is not in the best interests of the birds.
The SCA works closely with the RSPB and RSPCA, handling any telephone calls asking for advice and assistance in caring for a bird. These calls range from simple advice, putting the owner of a bird in contact with appropriate veterinary assistance to people requiring more detailed information on a certain species. We have dealt with a lot of queries ranging from Zebra Finches to Peacocks and even Snowy Owls and Ostriches. No caller has ever been turned away. If information is not available immediately, then a return call is made as soon as possible with the correct assistance. It is hoped that as the society grows a more extensive helpdesk or advice line can be developed.
Most practicing veterinarians have limited experience of avian species. The average vet may only deal with beak and claw cutting and may never see or deal with a more serious disease. Fortunately over the last 10 to 15 years more and more vets have become increasingly interested in birds, so avian knowledge is spreading throughout the country. We still only have a small number of vets who are fully able to diagnose most avian problems and even perform investigative or corrective surgery. The SCA is able to suggest a qualified veterinarian to any caller, within his or her own area of the UK.
If the problem you are experiencing is a behavioural problem, then the Society can help there as well. With the vast wealth of knowledge in our membership as well as on the Committee, we are usually able to immediately give advice on any problems you may be experiencing with your pet, from biting to feather plucking and a host of other problems.
You can request advice by telephone via our helpline or by completing our 'contact us' form online, whichever is more convenient. All information requests, regardless of how you contact us, will be handled with the utmost sensitivity and confidentiality.