Birds die for the same reasons that all other species die: disease, cancer, malnutrition, trauma, and old age.
The best prevention? Start with a wellness exam with an avian veterinarian. Ensure your bird’s nutrition and husbandry is as good as they should be. Make smart choices when mingling birds – many bird diseases can transmit through the air and there are not as many vaccines available for disease prevention as there are recognized bird diseases.
Educate yourself on how to pick up early and subtle signs of disease in your bird to help catch problems early. Control hormonal activity in hens to help prevent the potential toll chronic egg laying can take. Take precautions against mosquitoes, predators and escape when taking your bird outside. And remember, just as with your own health, taking a proactive role in the health of your pet bird will help it live a long and healthy life.
Dr. Kerry Korber
Calgary Avian & Exotic Pet Clinic