Stress and anxiety in companion birds

If your bird is suffering from stress and anxiety, you are not alone. Studies suggest that around 70% of companion parrots have behavioural issues – 80-90%, most of which are attributed to stress and anxiety.

Signs of stress and anxiety

Becoming aware of the signs of stress and anxiety can help you know if your bird is suffering and potentially how to provide your bird with support.

Managing stress and anxiety

Just like humans, birds can become anxious in certain circumstances, either in their environment from their surroundings or due to external factors. Learning how to eliminate potential triggers can help reduce your bird’s stress and anxiety.

  • Suitable cage

With suitable perches, nesting and barriers for privacy

  • Comfortable temperature

Ensuring your bird has a comfortable and suitable temperature at all times with appropriate shade and fresh air

  • Unlimited fresh water

Access to unlimited fresh water that’s changed daily

  • Balanced nutrition and diet

Providing your bird with a species specific diet that is nutritious and balanced

  • Foraging and enrichment

Stimulating activities including toys, enrichment and foraging, can help to eliminate boredom, which is a huge factor that can lead to stress and anxiety. Ensure the toys don’t contain any hazardous materials that can be ingested and cause a choking hazard.

  • Change of environment

Transporting your bird or moving their cage can cause stress and anxiety. If your bird’s cage needs to be moved, placing a sheet over the cage can help your bird with the transition. A change in environment can be seen as a threat to your bird.

  • Illness or injury

Unidentified illness or injury can cause your bird significant stress and anxiety. Be sure to seek medical advice from your vet if you suspect any health issues.

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