Nutrition, Health and Wellbeing

Dietary rules for Ornamental birds

For ornamental birds to stay fit and healthy, they need a balanced diet that is appropriate for their species. What is allowed and necessary: 1. The basis for all bird nutrition is high-quality, ready-made feed. Look for good quality and only use a mix that is appropriate for your type of bird. 2. Measure the […]

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Cleaning your birdcage

Cleanliness is important for preventing illnesses. This applies to birdcages in particular. Therefore, the sand in the aviary must be replaced every two to three days. It is also recommended that you clean the cage thoroughly once a week. First and foremost: Never use normal household cleaners or disinfectants to clean out your birdcage. These […]

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Help for breeding birds

Why it’s so important to feed birds in the spring The winter may be behind us, but wild birds still appreciate extra food rations. These animals continue to rely heavily on our help during the spring. When the temperatures drop to below freezing and a thick blanket of snow hampers the search for food, many […]

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Complimentary feed for birds

Seeds, grains, fresh herbs and fruit provide our ornamental birds with everything they need. However, if they have a higher requirement for certain vitamins and minerals, it may be a good idea to provide them with complementary feed. To cover their vitamin and nutritional requirements, ornamental birds need a species-appropriate, balanced diet. The basis of […]

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Portrait of a canary

Keeping and caring for canaries Along with budgerigars, canaries are among the most popular pet birds. If you want to offer them a good home, you first need to get well informed about their needs. Their social behaviour Canaries are very sociable birds and are happiest in a group with lots of their own kind. […]

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Tips for bird feeders

Nature continues to provide food for the native birds that have not flown away for the winter, such as sparrows, blackbirds, tits, greenfinches and woodpeckers. Almost all adapt their diet to what the season has to offer. Instead of worms there are berries; instead of caterpillars, nuts; in place of spiders, they eat seeds. This is why feeders should always offer a large selection for our garden and balcony guests.

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Pets and plants

It’s lovely when spring is finally here and everything is green and in bloom. Whether in the garden, on the balcony or in the living room it doesn’t just look good to us, it also awakens the appetite of our pets. But be careful – it’s not always healthy to snack on fresh greens! The experts from Maxi Zoo tell you what to be aware of.

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Natural nibbles

Bird owners like bringing back juicy twigs from the countryside for their little feathered friend’s cage or enclosure. The experts from Maxi Zoo tell you what to look out for.

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Feeding wild birds

In cities and in the country, winter is rapidly approaching. Young and old alike love to feed wild birds. This is especially welcomed by Blackbirds, Thrushes, Finches, Robins and other native bird species in the colder months, when their natural food supply is scarce. How can we feed our feathered friends? Find out about the most popular methods from the animal experts at Maxi Zoo

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Cut the fat – Bird Advice

The one thing most people want to get rid of after Christmas is those extra pounds from over-indulging over the festive season. This is also the perfect opportunity to think about the (ideal) weight of your pet…

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Canaries diets

ed canaries require special food which can be bought in the Maxizoo shop. The birds lose the colour of their plumage if they are lacking this nutrient. It is therefore very important that this substance is fed increasingly during moulting.

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Why birds moult

Just like our hair and skin constantly replace itself, birds grow new feathers – and the old has to make room for the new. How often and how fast feathers are replaced differs from species to species.

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Veterinary drugs

Usually you get veterinary drugs from your vet. Vets can not only prescribe medicines but their expertise also entitles them to dispense ready-made veterinary preparations and to prepare medicines at their surgery. This makes sense as special preparations are immediately available when needed.

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Pets and mites

Mites can infest any animal and cause horrible itching. These tiny arachnids are invisible to the naked eye but most are very contagious. This is why it is important to identify mites and prevent them from infesting other animals in your house or circle of friends.

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Intelligence games for Budgies

Our pets like to play for all they’re worth, and not just when they’re young – many dogs, cats, rodents and birds still enjoy playing when they’re older. This is something pet owners should absolutely encourage, because play is more than just great fun: it keeps them fit, youthful and supple, exercises our four-legged friends to the full and trains their physical and mental abilities..

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Fit Budgie

In the long run, excess weight is known to cause health problems—both for people and for budgerigars. To keep your flying, little friends chirpy and fit, make sure they get plenty of exercise and eat well. Above all, staying healthy requires that they fly, fly and fly again!

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Emergency situations

If an animal has injured itself or has been involved in an accident, the owner or the people who find the animal should take it to a vet as quickly as possible. That is the only way to prevent life threatening consequences. Vets from Maxi Zoo explain what people can do in the way of first aid before getting to a vet.

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Cleaning the bird cage

“Housework” is important: next to feeding, cleaning the bird cage is one of the paramount tasks of a bird fancier. That’s because diseases and parasite infestations can only be prevented by maintaining certain standards of hygiene. Ideally, you should get accustomed to taking these duties as standard during the course of your day. If you get in to a regular routine, even “spring-cleaning” the bird cage isn’t a problem.

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Birds and heat stroke

Hot weather can be dangerous for animals, and not just in hot cars – extreme heat is more dangerous than extreme cold for some animals.

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Bird symptoms and treatments

Pet birds can suffer from a multitude of illnesses which have to be treated by the vet. Vet Dr. Stanislav Piliar explains the most important symptoms and counter measures:

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Animals and allergies

Many households are shared with much loved pets that keep the family company and love to be cuddled. One thing that can put a strain on this relationship is an animal allergy. Be it cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rodents or birds – they all have the potential to provoke allergy symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, permanent colds, rashes or asthma.

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