At The Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine, one of the most important things we do is educate clients about proper nutrition for their pet birds. Many people are not aware that “all seed” diets lack important vitamins and minerals and there are other options for feeding a balanced diet. Unfortunately, clients often tell us that their birds don’t like pellets or “healthy” food. We recognize that birds can be fussy, and often will throw unfamiliar food aside making owners feel guilty for depriving their birds of the food they want. In addition, it can be scary for owners to see their bird not eat for a day or more, and nobody wants to worry that their beloved avian companion may starve itself during the conversion process.
This program allows birds to board with us while our expert staff carefully converts them to a healthier diet. Once birds have fulfilled the boarding requirements, they are housed at our facility until they are converted to a diet consisting of formulated pellets, high quality fruits and vegetables, whole grains and exotic nuts, and other bird-safe foods. While here, they are weighed daily, their droppings are monitored for any important changes, and special attention is paid to evaluate their progress.
We recognize that each bird is an individual. Some birds will convert quickly and easily, while others may have a more difficult time. We find that most birds will convert in under two weeks, but in some instances it can take longer. Because of this, the charges are based on a fixed rate for up to 3 weeks. Please see our Conversion Camp Guidelines for specific rules and details.