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Acacia Offers Complete Avian Health Care & Boarding Services for Your Pet Bird


Birds make beautiful and intelligent pets, offering owners a variety of size, color, and capability. Acacia Animal Health Center provides avian owners with guidelines for regular care and will assist you in choosing the right feathered companion for your family.

The First Step: Choosing the Right Bird

Before making a selection, it is very important that you research the various species you may be considering. Birds are flock animals. That means they need company. They do not do well physically or psychologically spending several hours a day alone. If you are gone for several hours a day, consider getting two birds.

Things to consider prior to purchasing a bird:

  • How much time you have to devote to the pet?
  • How much noise can you tolerate?
  • Are there any neighborhood, homeowners’ association, or regional restrictions on birds and/or aviaries?

All birds require:

The Second Step: Choosing the Right Environment

An Outside Aviary

If it is feasible, an outside aviary is great. Metal including solder joints should not contain zinc or lead, which are toxic—ideally use stainless steel. Requirements include:

  • Adequate shade as well as sunlight
  • Protection from wind
  • Protection from wild birds flying overhead (i.e., fecal contamination and raptor attacks)
  • Protection from wild animals (raccoons, opossums, rodents, coyotes, etc.)
  • Cleanable flooring (concrete preferably)

Inside Cage

Enjoy this information about housing small birds, housing large birds, and cage hygiene.


  • Cage metal, soldering material, and powder coating must have no zinc and no lead
  • Size—The larger the better; wider is better than taller
  • Bar spacing appropriate for the size of the pet
  • Food and water bowl areas protected from droppings from higher perches
  • Protected from drafts
  • Protected on at least one side—all birds need privacy—not in the middle of the room
  • Away from heavy “traffic” areas (hallways or at corner of a hallway)
  • Bright light
  • Easily cleaned

Sleep Cage

Because birds require 12 hours of dark, uninterrupted sleep, it is recommended that in addition to a large cage in the family (flock) area, there be a smaller cage in a separate room. Ideally, you put the bird to bed at 7, 8, or 9 p.m., and then get them up 12 hours later at 7, 8, or 9 a.m.

Another advantage to having a sleep cage is that you are prepared to evacuate in case of an emergency. This cage can be a travel cage/carrier. Requirements:

  • An appropriate size perch
  • Heavy crock-type food and water bowls in an appropriate size for the pet
  • Place in a spare bedroom, laundry room, or other area where it is quiet and dark.

Our veterinarians are skilled and experienced in the health care of your avian pet, including nutrition, grooming needs, and parasite control. Contact Acacia to schedule your avian wellness visit today.

For more information, we offer these resources:

All our avian patients receive care and handling by well-trained staff who specialize in their care. Boarding is also available for avian guests in our All Seasons: A Five Paw Resort at Acacia.

Avian Support Services

We offer the same full range of services to our bird lovers as we do for other pet owners, including holistic and acupuncture treatments. Some additional services offered include:

  • Bird grooming
  • Bird behavior consultation
  • Endoscopy
  • DNA and blood sexing for birds

Avian Resources

The Bird Brain is a wonderful resource for supplies, toys, and information—and 100% of the proceeds go to support animal welfare.

Parrot Owners

“There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.” ~ Robert Lynd