Category: Other Authors | Posted By: Chris Biro | 18 Comments » So you’ve decided to train a bird for freeflight and now you need to select a suitable bird for hand-rearing.
There should be no foul smell to the droppings and breathing should be clear and steady, never labored or any signs of wheezing or clicking.
A healthy bird, regardless of species will have similar traits, it will be fat and have plump, pink, pliant skin. They have plenty of calories in reserve and will sort of loll from side to side.
The overall picture is one of comfort and well being, the eyes will be clear and bright, their breathing will be steady and clear, their skin will be pink and pliant, they will have a healthy feeding response but will not cry or beg incessantly. It should not appear excessively hungry; birds that climb over each other and beg incessantly could either be too hungry or have a bacterial infection that is causing them to not absorb all the nutrients they need from their food.
Most hardware stores have them and they are relatively inexpensive. for decades and emit only infra-red heat and no light which makes them great for chicks that need to sleep and rest.
The ceramic bulbs can be purchased from any reptile supply store. They are also excellent for a sick or injured bird for the same reason.