Welcome to BudgieHealth.com
_Greetings and Hi! Thank you for coming to this website www.budgiehealth.com. My aim is to reach out to and help people wherever they be around the world who want and need and appreciate my help, advice and expertise.
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I am writing and expanding budgiehealth.com to help you and other bird keepers and fanciers around the world access expert information about the care and management of budgies in health and disease. Much of the information is of an introductory nature and to learn lots more I suggest you buy at very least my book "Doctor Ross Perry's Budgie Book" 183pp with many photos, published privately at www.goldcoastbirdvet.com in 2013 and "Caring for Birds with Love and Gratitude" (235pp) , at least until such time as my major textbook on budgie health (?700-900pp) has been published sometime in 2012.
Note that anything highlighted in the colour of "Caring for Birds with Love and Gratitude" is clickable and if clicked will open up a new page or link to help you.
BudgieHealth.com also includes pages to explain the purpose and value of various "in house" and laboratory tests to aid the diagnostic process and to monitor the course of disease. Additionally it includes some pages on "alternative", "holistic" and/or "integrated health" methods of evaluating health and well-being of budgies, be they physically present with or quite remote from the operator. These might be or could be of particular interest especially if your live too far away from me, Dr Ross Perry for physical examination of your budgie(s) and don't have direct access to a bird specialist vet near where you live who can physically examine and test and treat as/when appropriate your budgie(s).
I can work with you within the constraints of traditional western medicine veterinary science or I can combine that knowledge, training and experience with any one or more of other modalities for evaluating and supporting health and well-being as well as various nutritional supplements, herbs, minerals, Australian Bush Flower Essences, Bach Flower Remedies, Essential Oils etc for your budgies (and other pets as well) with which I have gained experience and confidence. Some people prefer the traditional western medicine approach and prefer to pay for a series of often very expensive tests whereas others prefer a more intuitive holistic approach. When you are seeking my help I appreciate you telling me at the outset what your preference is, and then I can quickly ascertain whether or not and how I am likely to be able to help you and your budgie(s).
BudgieHealth.com is one of a series of what might be called my satellite websites that I have built and will be building around my soon to be published main central hub membership website http://www.DrRossPerry.com. I encourage you to become a member of this as soon as possible so that you can start enjoying the benefits of having done so. Watch for future developments and announcements.
Would you like to buy or breed a budgie like this? Why? Why not?
This budgie has many "highly desirable" features as an "Exhibition Budgerigar" yet many of these reduce his suitability as a pet, in my opinion. Why? I was thinking what breed of budgie would I create if became a budgie breeder again, with view that by far the greatest demand is for pet budgies and that the great majority of discarded and culled budgies from exhibition budgie breeders at present are progressively devaluing the characteristics that I envisage for high quality pet budgies. I will briefly list some of these potential selection criteria for your consideration 1. vitality 2.longetivity.. many exhibition budgies have a quality of life expectency of 3-5 yrs, some are even shorter. The oldest budgies I have cared for have been late teens and early twenties so we have an idea of what is possible. 3. free from zoonotic infections especially chlamydia 4. Free from immunosuppressive and cancer inducing viral infections and other infectious diseases (long list) 5. friendly, confident, playful, interactive, curious 6. easy to tame 7. prolonged easy taming period (currently before 10 weeks of age, and in Australia it is illegal to sell birds before they can self feed, so for budgies this is usually around 5.5-6.5 weeks of age. Let’s extend that to 12 to 14 to 16 weeks of age. 8.Good talkers and easy to teach to talk, wanting to interact with people and listen, intelligent 9. Physically robust and free from genetic modifications that interfer with ability to fly, to perch, to see (without obscuring feathers in any direction!), to keep their face clean, to preen, to keep their vent clean. 10. non-biters 11. Easy to breed without being chronic egg layers (cf poultry producing eggs for human consumption) I wonder what qualities and characteristics others would value in for high quality pet birds. I will post this on http://www.budgiehealth.com and on http://www.facebook.com/DrRossPerryBirdVet to make commenting outside this forum easy and to encourage more thought about this.