The club maintains comprehensive information regarding the care of our feathered friends written by experienced owners and breeders. Although the club strives to keep this information as accurate as possible, it is subject to change and discussion and should not be considered recommendations or advice from BCBC.† Consult your Avian veterinarian or bird breeder for professional advice and guidance. To view the information, click on the TITLE.

CARE SHEETS
The club maintains a list of profiles of most major pet bird species.  These care sheets provide a wealth of information to help you get to know your bird's needs. If you are considering a specific species of bird, read the profile for that species.† Also visit our Parrot Life pages to read articles written by actual owners of what itís REALLY like to live with a particular species of bird.

SCENTED CANDLES

This article was written by Monica Sudds, Certified Avian Specialists, and talks about the hazards of burning candles around your birds.

SOME GUIDELINES TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A PET BIRD
Birds are considered the pet of the 1990's. There is a distinct movement towards having smaller pets, with a growing popularity in cats, birds, fish, reptiles and small mammals. Birds are popular due to several factors. They have a wide range of size, color and tempera≠ment. They possess the ability to talk or have a wonderful singing/whistling ability. Birds are social animals and are very interac≠tive. Bird care is relatively easy and they can be housed in a small area. Birds also can have a long life span, rivaling that of humans.

 

Birds can be expensive and they are a lifetime investment. Choosing a bird should not be an impulse buy. The decision should be fully thought out. The guidelines listed here should help you make an educated decision if a bird is for you.

THE COST OF KEEPING A BIRD
Keeping a pet parrot can be far more costly than you might imagine. Please take the information shared here into a thoughtful decision when calculating the cost of caring for a pet parrot. Many people believe birds to be a "low maintenance" pet. Although the physical chores or cage cleaning and feeding can be dealt with in a short amount of time, the emotional requirements of a pet bird should involve several hours of your time on a daily basis.

This information is intended to be used to obtain a general idea of the costs involved.

HOW TO KILL YOUR BIRD WITHOUT TRYING
Many products available on the market have been known to cause illness and/or death to many pet birds. Manufacturers quite often deny any knowledge of these incidents. The products listed on this page are listed to give you "heads up" in the event the accusations are true. The information printed is given as we received it and is not intended to boycott or otherwise prevent the sale of these products. This information is to serve as warning to use care with products around your pet birds. You may also keep in mind that many items have been determined "safe around pets," but appear to be directed more to dogs and cats. Those same items may be perfectly safe around dogs and cats, but not around birds. For this purpose, when using or purchasing any questionable product, THINK BIRD.

PET BIRD EMERGENCY CARE AND PROBLEM PREVENTION

This is a very informative article written by Dr. Robert DiGregorio of the Boot Road Veterinary Clinic.

HOLIDAY AND WINTER HAZARDS FOR PET BIRDS
Each season brings with it different situations which affect our pet birds. Winter brings a number of these, but it also brings the holiday season with its own potential hazards. Being aware of the possible problems can be a great help in preventing a tragedy.