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Winter Health Care

Help your bird weather the cooler months

By Margaret A. Wissman, DVM, DABVP — Avian Practice

Our pet birds need extra care during the cold monthsWinter as we know it in most of North America is a fairly unnatural season for the tropical birds that share our homes. Psittacines and passerines native to tropical climates would never be exposed to the lower levels of humidity, cold temperatures, winter winds, snow or variations in sunlight/darkness that occur in the more temperate climes. This presents a unique set of challenges when it comes to caring for our feathered companions.

**For the full article, pick up the December 2008 issue of BIRD TALK**

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