Avian Flu in Pet Birds
Flu is something inevitable in humans and animals. Flu is viral so it cannot be stopped. Causes of flu are also viruses of many different kinds. Being a pet bird owner, one is concerned about the types of avian flu that are contagious for human beings too.
H5N1 virus is the deadly one. It spreads in aviaries, poultry farms or places where breeding of different birds is being done. It starts out when birds feed fecal particles that are mixed in their feed.
Spread in Pet Birds
A big question is how this flu attacks cage birds. There are many possibilities; few of them are described below:
- The bird is in contact with other birds around
- The bird has access to fly in the neighborhood
- The bird caught infection when it was in the aviary before you bought it
- The bird was under trauma when it was imprisoned and kept in a bad situation
Precautions to be Taken in Avain Flu
Being a responsible pet owner, there are many points to keep in mind even before you have a pet bird.
- Always purchase birds from local aviary or breeder. Never look for exotic birds that are brutally caught and then sold. Many countries imply strong restrictions on exotic birds import and export. It is good to discourage such bird sellers.
- After purchasing a bird, take it to vet, have it vaccinated for major viral diseases.
- Don’t touch your bird excessively. Birds are sensitive; you never know when you end up hurting them if you hold them tight.
- Always keep the cage clean. Use dis-infecting solutions.
- Clean the feeders every day.
- Always provide fresh water. Change water as much per day as you can.
- Contact the vet as soon as you witness any signs of sickness in bird, usually birds stop eating and singing.
- Birds under stress are more prone to pick viral diseases. Keep the bird happy.