Whether you are buying a small parakeet or an large parrot, you must make certain that you’re prepared to care for your new feathered friend properly.
1 thing that all pets, including birds want is attention. If your schedule has you working long hours and not spending much time at home, perhaps you should consider a fish tank instead of a bird. A bird can’t be left in it’s cage all the time and still be expected to be friendly on the odd days when you feel like playing it. Some birds need more interaction than others, but they are social animals and need you to set aside some time every day to play together. You can use this time to teach them tricks and strengthen the bond between you.
When considering bringing a bird into your house, you must think about the protection of your new pet. Are there other pets in the home that could be threatening to the bird? Are there tiny nooks and crannies that a bird might get into and hurt himself? These things must be considered for the safety of your new pet
You have to purchase a cage that is the ideal size for your bird. Many parrots become quite adept at opening their own cage doors so you should consider how simple the crate is to break from. The cage should be made from a safe material and have bars spaced in such a way that the bird can’t get his head stuck in between them. There should be no sharp edges and their should be proper food and water dishes in addition to perches inside the cage. Cages can be costly, but don’t skimp on this as it’s your pets new home!
Prior to buying the cage, consider where you’ll be keeping it. It’s best if the cage can be in a quiet corner but near family activities as your bird really wants to become part of the family. Be aware that the fumes from nonstick pans can be deadly to a pet bird, so be sure you get rid of all your non stick pans before bringing your bird house. Needless to say, you may wish to keep the cage out of the path of visitors so you will need to buy a cage that is the appropriate size for your bird in addition to the ideal size to fit in the planned area.
Based upon the size of your bird, you may want to consider the amount of noise that he will produce. Parakeets make little chirpy sounds, for the most part, aren’t annoying. Conures, on the other hand have a shrill call that goes right through you. Most happy birds will not yell constantly, but it is natural for them to call out at times so be sure that you (and your neighbors) can handle the level of noise produced by the bird.
Finally, make sure that you want to commit to the maintenance that’s necessary to have a happy healthy bird. You’ll need to clean out the cage every day and make sure that you provide fresh water and food. Food your bird a varied diet and have him checked by a vet (preferably one that specializes in birds) annually.
Birds can be very rewarding pets and take minimal care but they need to be provided with a comfortable and safe environment and your companionship so as to thrive. Many birds can live for 20 years or longer, so you’re making a long commitment when you bring home your new feathered friend. This commitment to care and companionship is well worth it, however, as the rewards of owning these enchanting creatures are many!