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Grooming Birds

By ACS Distance Education on December 22, 2013 in Pets & Wildlife | comments

In general your bird should not require much grooming, as they keep themselves clean by spreading a waxy natural oil from the preen gland found at the base of their tale over their outer feathers. This substance helps keep moisture and grime off the feathers.

If your bird becomes soiled, pure water spray is best, however if you need more vigorous washing, a gentle shampoo (such as baby shampoo) or natural milk based soap can be used to gently clean soiled feathers. You can brush lather up the soap with a soft shaving brush and gently wash the feathers. Soap suds and shampoo residue should be gentle yet thoroughly rinsed away with warm water. Following the bath, the bird should be dried to prevent the bird becoming chilled. 

 

 

What is Weather?

By ACS Distance Education on December 22, 2013 in Environment | comments

The following components of weather are among some of the most common weather features. An understanding of each of these is essential to expand your knowledge.

  • Rainfall
  • Temperature
  • Wind
  • Hours of Sunshine
  • Cloud
  • Fog
  • Dew
  • Mist
  • Hail
  • Sleet
  • Snow
  • Frost
  • Weather fronts
  • Lightning
  • Hurricanes
  • Dust clouds
  • Wildfire
  • Volcanic ash
  • Aurora 

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Fighting Infection with Food

By ACS Distance Education on December 5, 2013 in Food and Nutrition & Health and Fitness | comments

The food you eat can help build a stronger immune system.

A person's immune system and their nutrition are closely related. Inadequacies in a person’s diet leads to lowered immunity, which in turn compromises the body’s response to an infection. Using food to establish a strong immune system reduces the risk of developing an infection. If an infection does take hold, food can be a powerful tool to support your body to fight the infection. 

The number one thing to look for in a food to help maintain great health is a food the is nutritionally dense. This means food that contains a high quality nutrients, including macro nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats), as well as micronutrients (vitamins and minerals).

Micronutrients play an important role in the formation of antibodies and development of the immune system, and deficiencies in certain micronutrients are linked to an increased susceptibility to infection. You can get a range of micronutrients from fresh, natural food sources. You may also like to supplement with high quality supplements (speak to a relevant health practitioner).