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Health and Disease
Toxicity

Chocolate in any form should not be fed to birds. Bittersweet, Baker's and Dark Chocolates are more toxic than Milk Chocolate. But all the same - do not feed it to your birds.

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Rough Guide to Plants

Planting your Aviaries

Oviously, it is important when planning or stocking your aviary to ensure that the plants we are placing in the flights or feeding to our birds are safe for the birds. There are numerous theories on the proper plants to use for specific species of birds. As a general rule, fruit wood is considered safe for all birds, with some exceptions detailed below.

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Understanding Immune System Support

Many issues in bird nutrition are surrounded by myths and misunderstanding. Malcolm Green of The Bird care Company attempts to shed some light on the important factors for bird keepers.

All of our birds are going to be exposed to germs at some time or another. While good hygiene can reduce this, the bird's natural defence mechanisms are critical to maintaining good health. So the immune system is probably the most important weapon we have against viral, bacterial and fungal infections. Sadly it is probably the least recognised option in aviculture.

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Quaker Mutilation Syndrome
By Theresa Jordan

While this article was written in reference to QMS, the information contained herein is applicable to any case of feather plucking and/or mutilation exhibited by any species of companion parrot.

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Psittacosis

It's part in our downfall - Mary Ellis

I thought I would share with you all my experience (or nightmare) with this devastating disease, which even though we thought we had taken adequate precautions, managed to wipe out more than two thirds of my lovebirds in a very short space of time.

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