Necessary shots a breeder should have for a Conure

by frances
(ontario, canada)

Hi there, I am looking at purchasing a sun conure, however, I do not know the necessary shots and precautions that I should expect a bird to have when I purchase them from a breeder. Please enlighten me!

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Sep 04, 2009
New Conure
by: Linda

The very first thing you will need to do is take your new bird to an Avian vet in your area to be checked out for bacterial/viral infections and/or internal or external parasites. They will be able to answer your questions about shots. My birds have never had any shots of any kind, and I plan on keeping it that way. Keep your bird at home away from other birds, and the need for shots is minimized. Just talk with them about it, keeping in mind that sometimes the shots will make birds sick even if for a short time. Your Avian vet is better qualified to answer your questions.

Your other consideration is feeding an organic pelleted diet like Harrison's, and Tracie carries it out here. They make a wonderful birdy bread mix too which can help change bird over from seeds to pellets if it is eating only seeds. A high quality diet will keep your bird healthy while an all seed diet, table food and other junk items will make your bird sick and take years off its life. If you have any questions about the food and/or the changeover, go out to http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com, and they will be happy to help you. There is also a lot of other information you can find there.

The other item is to get a good book on conures so you are educated about cage size, perch type and sizes (natural branch wood is best and can be found online at many stores). Also use nickel plated or stainless steel for your perch hardware as well as toy hangers and chain. Zinc coated chains and quick links to hang toys with are poison and as bad as lead for birds. If you do get zinc coated hardware, clean it with vinegar which will take the coating off. The pieces may rust then, so go with the nickel plate or stainless ( a little more expensive and well worth the extra).

Learn all you can about your bird and parrots in general because you are entering an entirely different world from dogs and cats. Birds have roughly the emotional/mental development of a 4-5 year old human child, so they are going to act like that a lot (most) of the time. Be prepared for all contingencies, and you and your bird will have a happy long life together.

Linda

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