Avian Expert Articles

Stephanie Lamb, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Stephanie Lamb, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice), received her veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota in 2010. She became a boarded specialist for birds in 2014 through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and has worked exclusively with birds and other exotics in Connecticut, California, and, currently, Arizona. She volunteers her time with wildlife groups to help those animals without human caretakers. Dr. Lamb has written several scientific articles and spoken about avian and exotic medicine at various bird and exotic pet clubs and at both local and national veterinary conferences.

A self-proclaimed “bird-nut,” Dr. Lamb grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, with various companion animals of her own. From an early age she knew she wanted to work with all types of animals, providing them with great medical care and individualized attention. She always had a strong pull toward working with those species who were less conventional, but it was her hand-tame zebra finch, Leonardo Da Finci, who opened up her heart and mind to the amazing companionship that a tiny life can provide for a human. It was because of him that she became encouraged to devote her attention to seeing that birds and other exotics were receiving the best care and a happy, loving life that they deserved.

Articles by Stephanie:

Indian Ring-Necked Parakeet on hand

Bird Seeds Versus Pellets: What’s The Difference?

If you share your home with birds, you’ve likely heard that pellets or Nutri-Berries are better than seeds as a major portion of a bird’s diet. What is the difference between seeds and pellets?

macaw eating Avi-Cake

Why Are Pellets Better Than Seeds For Pet Birds?

It’s all about the nutrients. Find out what health problems can be avoided or minimized if you feed your bird pellets or Nutri-Berries instead of just seeds.

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Converting Parrots To Pellets Or Nutri-Berries In A Multi-Bird Home

If you share your life with more than one parrot and they’re used to eating a mostly seed diet, use this inside info to help you convert your multi-bird household from seeds to a healthy diet of pellets or Nutri-Berries.

Amazon parrot eating leaves from perch in cage

Fresh Foraging Ideas To Try

Offering our bird’s foraging opportunities with pellets, Nutri-Berries, and healthy snacks is a great way to satisfy their work-for-food instincts. Other great foraging opportunities await with fresh, edible, non-toxic plants. In the wild, part of a bird’s search for food means tearing through a plant to get to the more desirable parts. It’s no surprise that parrots like to chew! Discover tips for creating an edible “foraging jungle” for your pet bird.

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Tune In To Your Bird’s Daily Habits

Many of us are having to stay home from work, school and other social activities to reduce the chances of coming into contact with and spreading the COVID-19 disease. Although this time of self-isolation may be challenging, it can also be thought of as an occasion to spend a little more time with our feathered friends and other pets. As pet owners are at home and observing their birds at times where they may not normally, they may discover that their birds tend to follow routines daily, just like we do!

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COVID-19 And Pet Birds

The COVID-19 pandemic is an emerging disease with many facts still unknown. If you have questions about how it might affect pets, here’s what we know so far, with tips on keeping your pet birds safe.

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How To Switch Or Convert Your Bird From Seeds To Pellets: Case Studies

Want to switch your parrot from seeds to pellets? Learn what to expect and several methods to try. Because birds are individuals, a method that works for one bird might not work for another.

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