Posted: June 27, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT
When buying a bird, look for a bright-eyed, active, vocal bird with normal droppings; all signs of a healthy bird.
Talk to your vet and establish a quarantine or isolation program for new birds.
Have new birds examined and tested for psittacosis by an avian veterinarian.
Buy birds from breeders or stores with good reputations.
At the pet store or breeder, ask if their flock is periodically tested or treated for psittacosis.
Observe your flock and look for birds not acting like the other ones.
Take a bird to a vet immediately if it shows signs of psittacosis.