What are the stressors in the pet bird ? How to recognize them through the symptoms ? What must be done to allow the bird to no longer suffer from it ?
Causes of stress in pet birds
Stress has consequences for our health as well as our state of mind. We know, for example, that it affects our immune system and therefore makes us more vulnerable to diseases and infections of various types. Stress is also very harmful to our pet birds . Its effects are noted on their body as well as on their attitude . So never take stress and its harms lightly.
The first step in protecting the bird from stress is to determine the cause . There are a variety of triggers or aggravators of this phenomenon. Here are the main examples:
A new environment
Any change in the environment is likely to disturb the bird. Sometimes even the most insignificant changes can cause trouble in animals.
These disturbances occur in particular when the bird arrives in its new home. The transport and travel are likely to inflict a first trauma. Then, at home, he is confronted with noises and an atmosphere which he does not know at all and which can confuse him.
The bird needs time to familiarize itself with its new environment. If all the conditions are met to ensure his well-being (habitat, food …), he will eventually acclimatize and can start his new life quietly.
Lack of stimulation and loneliness
Stress in the bird can also be caused by a lack of stimuli . He needs games, activity, an enriched environment to be happy. He also needs people with whom he can interact . It is both its owner and its congeners. The loneliness and boredom are stressful.
A disturbing living space
There is nothing worse for a bird than narrowness . A cage does not offer enough space to allow it to spread its wings and make some flights , it is the best way to make an unhappy and stressed being.
An overcrowded cage or aviary is also a source of disturbance for the bird, as is its location . Some bird species need calm , while others, on the other hand, appreciate being active around them .
Inadequate feeding , insufficient hygiene and health problems promote stress in the bird. It then enters a vicious circle , since stress prepares the ground for illnesses.
Recognize the signs of stress in the bird
A stressed bird becomes very agitated or, on the contrary, abnormally calm, even slaughtered . It can also permanently curl up on itself and refuse to feed .
One of the most common manifestations of stress in the bird is also biting . In other words, it plucks its feathers or does so to its fellows.
Another symptom related to stress in the pet bird: a dull plumage .
What solutions against bird stress?
Once the cause of stress has been identified using the signs mentioned above, the necessary changes should be made .
This will, for example, change the location of the cage; place it in the living room or living room if it needs to feel surrounded or in a quieter place if it does not support the agitation.
It will also be necessary to avoid disturbing it unnecessarily . Interventions in the cage can be perceived as intrusions ; they must therefore be limited to cleaning operations and to filling the feeders and drinker . If the family includes children , it is important to teach them to respect the bird and not disturb it.
If the problem is related to the narrowness of the cage or the overcrowding of the aviary, it is recommended to install others to allow more space for each individual, couple or small group.
Finally, if stress is associated with the health of the bird, only the veterinarian can prescribe the appropriate treatment and recommend possible dietary changes.