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Orange Weaver

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Traits & behavior

Social
Weavers love to have visual contact with people, however, typically do not like to be handled. Talking and whistling to your bird will provide the interaction they need.

Song birds
The beautiful chirping song of the male bird makes the orange weaver an entertaining pet.

High metabolic rate
Because a weaver's metabolism is very active, starvation can occur in as little as 24 hours. Food should be available at all times.

Communal
Weavers should be housed in groups with other weavers, canaries or larger species of finches. Do not house them with smaller species of finches.

Messy eaters
Your weaver will drop a lot of food while eating.
 

Things to remember

Supervision
Don't forget that children, pets and unfamiliar guests should be supervised when interacting with your weaver.

Lifespan
Before purchasing, be aware that an orange weaver requires a commitment of approximately five years.

Safety & cleanliness
Please remember that all pets may bite or scratch, and may transmit disease to humans. Keep your pet's home clean and wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning his home. Infants, young children, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, and the infirm or elderly are at greater risk of infections and should use caution when in contact with the pet or its habitat. Consult your doctor for more information.
 

Nutrition

Staple diet
Feed her 1-2 teaspoons per day of a pellet or seed-based, fortified finch or canary diet.

Fruits & vegetables*
About 5-10% of a orange weaver's diet should be bite-sized fruits and veggies like apples, oranges, melon, sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach, dandelion, mustard greens and shredded carrots. Offer daily or every 2-3 days.

Supplements
Be sure to provide a cuttle bone in your orange weaver's cage at all times. Also, occasionally give her millet seed sprays and small mealworms.

Water
Orange weavers should have access to clean, fresh water in a bottle or bowl at all times.

*Remember that fresh food requires its own dish and should be removed from the habitat within four hours to avoid spoilage.

Health

Signs of a healthy orange weaver:

  • Clear, bright eyes
  • Clean, smooth feathers
  • Eats throughout the day
  • Normal droppings that are not runny for more than a couple of days
  • A curious and active disposition

Things to watch for:

  • Decreased appetite; weight loss
  • Decreased activity and grooming behavior
  • Change in droppings in excess of two days
  • Sitting at the bottom of cage
  • Discharge from nose or mouth; sneezing
  • Feathers fluffed for prolonged periods of time

If you notice any of the signs described above, consult an Avian Veterinarian.
 

Habitat

Housing
Weavers like to fly, so when selecting a cage remember that length is better than height. Your weaver's cage must be large enough for her to comfortably stretch her wings, climb and play with her toys. The bigger the cage, the better. Minimum cage size is 12"W x 12"L x 15"H. More than two weavers will require a correspondingly larger cage.

Perches
Place two perches at different heights, so your weaver will be unable to soil her food bowls. Provide perches of differing widths, diameters and textures to help keep her feet healthy.

Cage placement
Place your bird's cage at eye level, away from drafts, open windows and the kitchen. Be aware that weavers are sensitive to smoke and strong odors. Cover the cage at night to prevent drafts.

Wicker nests
Weavers like to sleep in wicker nests. You can place clean grass hay or straw inside the cage and they will use it to line their nests. To avoid fights, there should be several more nests than birds inside the cage.

Baths
Provide a birdbath 2-3 times per week. Offer a warm water bath or gently mist her with warm water from a clean spray bottle.

Food & water containers
It is important to clean your bird's containers every day, even if the bowl or bottle looks full.

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