Dragonhaus Animal Intensive Care Units
As many breeders and veterinarians disccovered, Lyon Technology (LyonVet) has closed their operation. HotSpot for Birds had been a distributor of their excellent AICU's and brooders for 25 years so we were truly sorry that they are no longer available. We are pleased to now offer the Dragonhaus line of animal intensive care units. Their AICU's provide the functionality that Lyon Tecnology units offered
Dragonhaus animal intensitive care units offer complete control of the patients' environment. Heating, lighting, and circulation fans are all individually controlled and paired with the included 600 Watt thermostat, keeping the exact temperature a simple task.
Other features include an audio and visual alarm system, H14 HEPA Filter for pathogens, simple observation and access, and
internal O2 system. In addition, they are lightweight, eco-friendly, and stackable.
Austin HealthMate HEPA Air Filters
If you own a bird, you need an air purifier. Birds give off a "bird dust" that people can react to like dog or cat dander. Even if you do not have an allergic reaction to this powder, it can still irritate lungs -- especially in sensitive people. Bonus -- an air purifier can also protect your bird from YOU!
We have personally used the Austin Healthmate HEPA air filter to control the dust generated by parrots. Our Cockatoos, Macaws, Amazons, and African Greys used to create more dust than we could keep up with, but the Austin HealthMate has made this problem disappear.
Airpura Air Purifiers
If you are concerned about pet dander, have allergies or asthma or just want the cleanest indoor air possible, you owe it to yourself to check out these state-of-the-art air purifiers.
All Airpura models are configured with a variety of filtration options developed to meet a wide range of personal and environmental needs. Each model is manufacturered with a quiet, energy-efficient motor that delivers 540 cubic feet per minute (cfm) of airflow, enough to clean an area up to 2,000 sq ft.
The units are then configured with different types and amounts of HEPA material (for particle removal) and carbon (for odor and chemical abatement). In addition, UV bulbs and the TitanClean photocatalytic oxidizer can be added for enhanced performance. Airpura UV models are currently used in healthcare settings and schools as a line of defense against viruses (including Covid-19), bacteria and mold.
Because of the interest our bird-friendly customers have in cleaning their indoor air, we have expanded our air purifier business.
Please visit us at http://www.airfilterstore.com for information on the other excellent air cleaning products we carry. Some even have ultraviolet lights to kill pathogens (viruses, bacteria, mold) and some will remove nearly all the bird dust and dander that passes through the machines.
In-Shell Nuts and Dried Fruit
We have high-quality Diamond Brand nuts and dried fruit at wholesale prices. These nuts and fruits are people-quality, but your parrots will love them.
Our selection includes almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, pecans, pistacios, macadamia nuts and dried fruit. Contact us for any other need as a much wider choice is available.
Here is the common-sense approach to keeping your bird safe. This article was written by Layne David Dicker, Staff Avian Behaviorist at the Wilshire Animal Hospital. The author discusses subjects from clipping wings to buying toys wisely. Even experienced bird owners should read this article.
Nutrition: Foundation for a Healthy Bird
A bird suffering from malnutrition will eventually die from organ failure or from secondary bacterial or viral infections that plague a compromised immune system. "Sudden death" isn't uncommon in birds; however, it's usually the result of a long-term nutritional deficiency or chronic infection.
Prevent Heavy Metal Poisoning
Parrots like to chew on everything, including things that are dangerous to them. Check their environment for items that contain lead, zinc, brass, and copper. These metals can kill or greatly harm your bird. Please read this important article.
How to Manage Feather Picking
Does your parrot pluck at his feathers? Most caged birds seem prone to feather picking, but the condition can be treated and prevented. This article sheds light on the causes and remedies of feather picking.
Vitamin A Deficiency
Vitamin A deficiency affects the cells that line the respiratory, reproductive, and digestive tracts. As a result, birds can die from secondary infections caused by a weakened immune system and the inability of the bird to heal itself. This common disease is preventable through a healthy diet high in vitamin A.
Bird Care Guide
Must-Reading for those of you who are considering adding a bird to your family.
Another Bird Care Guide
More required reading for the new bird owner. This article supplements and reinforces the information contained in the bird care article listed above.
Avian Health Care Tips
Dr. Barton C. Huber, D.V.M., has written an informative article on
keeping your bird healthy.
Protect Your Bird from Poisons and Toxins
Did you know that avocado can kill your bird? Print out this chart that lists plants, fruits, vegetables and household items that can be dangerous to your bird.
Safe Plants for Birds
This is the companion article to the one above. Here is a list of plants that are safe for your bird, at least in reasonable quantities.
Egg Binding in Birds
Egg binding is the inability of a bird to pass a developed or partially developed egg. The author of this article believes that nutrition is at the root of egg binding problems. Although the breeder may provide the bird with calcium from a variety of sources, the problem may be the inability of the bird to metabolize the calcium that is readily available in the diet.
Bird House Placement and Care
Here's an article about the care and placement of your bird house.
Bird Breeder's Lung
Bird Breeder's Lung or Bird Breeder's Disease is one of the many common names given to hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Although not a problem for most bird owners, bird dust and feather particles can cause serious damage to lungs.
Why Caffeine is Bad for Your Bird
Caffeine in coffee and chocolate can kill your bird. This article by a veterinarian explains why caffeine is so toxic.
How Clean is Clean?
As this article states, "The prevention of disease through good hygiene helps avoid veterinary visits .. and is much more reliable than depending on drugs to control disease."
Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD)
This article was written by Dr. H. L. Stoddard III who first recognized PDD in macaws in 1978. Proventricular dilatation disease can occur in any psittacine but the most common birds affected are macaws, cockatoos and conures.
Aspergillosis is the most common fungal infection in birds, but exposure doesn't automatically result in disease.
Psittacosis is also known as parrot fever and chlamydiosis. This article describes the disease, its tranmission, symptons, control and prevention.
in Pet and Breeding Birds
Does your bird have a "cold"? Is his nose runny, is he sneezing, or having other signs of a respiratory infection? There are many causes of respiratory problems in birds, but one of the most stubborn and elusive culprits is Pseudomonas.
Cockatiels come in many variations. This article describes the different types of genetic mutations in cockatiels.
Build Your Own "Bird Seed Kleener"
We have directions for building a device that separates the hulls from the unused bird seed.