Long term bird aftercare
Long term bird aftercare following Red Mite Infestation
Routine new and improved daily and weekly care of your birds, combined with regular hut, feeder and drinker cleaning regimes and good husbandry should ensure your birds good health and welfare in the future. Take a few minutes to observe the birds regularly to spot signs of ill health, injury, aggression etc so you can act immediately. Take prompt action to prevent a problem from escalating. Please note however a flock of birds exist in a strict hierarchy and "pecking order", so minor squabbles which are settled quickly are a normal part of bird society!
Ensure their food is fresh and prepared regularly - pelleted food usually has a "use by" date printed on the packaging. Do not feed stale, old food as this may harm their health. Empty your feed bins completely before adding a new bag of food into them to ensure the "use by" date of the food in the bottom of the bin does not become old and stale.
Ensure water is fresh, regularly provided and does not become stagnant. I understand that birds like to stand in their fresh water and it becomes muddy however! Switch to hanging drinkers if possible to ensure a supply of fresh clean water and clean/disinfect drinking vessels regularly.
Try to establish a regular routine for basic healthcare - provide a vitamin/mineral supplement dissolved in their water, once a week.
Provide Apple Cider Vinegar, diluted in their water once a week. Don't put ACV in metal drinkers - vinegar is acidic and will damage to metal.
Ensure birds are wormed regularly. High worm burdens can damage their health by restricting nutrition uptake and reduce/prevent egg lay.
Encourage birds out into sun or daylight, they need light to help them make an egg. Provide shelter they can use from hot sun or rain however.
HAPPY, HEALTHY BIRDS WILL ALWAYS PERFORM BETTER - REMEMBER - THESE ARE WONDERFUL ANIMALS AND PETS AND DESERVE THE SAME LEVEL OF CARE, HEALTHCARE AND ATTENTION AS ANY OTHER ANIMAL.