Please find an AVIAN Vet for your new bird. Not all veterinarians know how to care for birds. Ask your vet if he/she is experienced in bird care, is a member of AAV, has attended Association of Avian Veterinarian seminars and classes, studied under a documented Avian Veterinarian. Have your bird's health checked as soon as you can after your purchase. A complete workup by your vet will assure there are no hidden problems and will give him/her a place to start if the bird should become ill in the future. Observe your bird closely, and get to know his normal routine and actions so that if there is a change you can take your bird to the Vet before it is too late. Become familiar with what normal bird poop looks like as this is a good clue to a bird's good health. If the normal poop changes color and consistancy it can be the first sign of ill health.
Nonstick cookware and some electrical heaters when overheated give off fumes which are deadly to birds. Ideally these products should not be used in homes with birds (if it will kill s bird it can't be healthy for humans either), but if they are, use extreme caution. This should be the rule and not the exception. There are a variety of plants that are safe around your pet, but there are also many that are poisonous. If you use tree branches for your bird's perches be sure they are not sprayed with bug killers. Scrub them in diluted Clorox, rinse them well and dry thoroughly, or wash and bake them in the oven at 300-350* for 30 minutes, then let them cool before placing them in the cage with your birds. Scented candles, room fresheners, sprays, carpet fresheners, bug sprays and perfumes can also cause problems for our "FEATHERED FRIENDS' respiratory systems. One other thing I want to add is the DURAFLAME LOGS, that are used in fireplaces. They advise on their website not to use around birds. I know alot of people that use these logs in cold weather. Don't be one of those people!