I’ve been a bird owner since 1980, including several years as a bird breeder and doing bird rescue. Many bird owners turn to the internet to learn how to care for their birds and when I do the same, I find serious problems:
- Nearly all advice given on the internet is anecdotal and written by pet owners or pet food manufacturers rather than veterinarians, researchers, biologists, or avian experts.
- Very little consideration is given to how a species of bird might live in the wild and whether we may learn something from that fact.
- Rarely is any evidence given to support claims that people make. No research is cited or no information from trusted experts in the community. Advice is also often contradictory.
- Advice is often reactionary and risks are exaggerated. Everything becomes something that could kill your bird, depriving them of freedom and making bird ownership seem fraught with peril.
There are some great sites that advocate “free range” bird care, but none that I’ve found provide any evidence to support what they advocate. So, I intend to apply more hard science and expertise.
In the end, I think birds can live more freely and have happy and healthy lives.