While a bird is an easy pet to care for, they do require just as much commitment and preparation as any other type of pet. Whether you are buying a small parakeet or an large parrot, you should be certain that you are prepared to care for your new feathered friend properly.
1 thing that all pets, including birds need is attention. If your schedule has you working long hours and not spending much time at home, maybe you should think about a fish tank instead of a bird. A bird cannot be left in it’s cage alone all the time and still be expected to be friendly on the odd days when you feel like playing with it. Some birds require more interaction than others, but they are social creatures and require you to set aside some time each day to play with them. 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 consider the protection of your new pet. Are there any other pets in the house that could be threatening to the bird? Are there tiny nooks and crannies that a bird could get into and hurt himself? These things must be considered for the safety of your new pet
You have to purchase a cage that’s the right size for your bird. Many parrots become quite adept at opening their own cage doors so that you need to consider how easy the cage is to break out of. The cage should be made from a safe material and also have bars spaced in such a way that the bird cannot get his head stuck in between them. There should be no sharp edges and their needs to be proper food and water dishes in addition to perches inside the cage. Cages can be expensive, but don’t skimp on this as it is your pets new home!
Before you buy the cage, consider where you will 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 be a part of their family. Be aware that the fumes from nonstick pans can be deadly to a pet bird, so be certain that you get rid of all your non stick pans before bringing your bird home. Of course, you will want to keep the cage from the path of traffic so you will need to buy a cage that’s the appropriate size for your bird in addition to the right size to fit in the intended location.
Based upon the size of your bird, you might want to consider the level of noise that he will produce. Parakeets make little chirpy sounds, for the most part, are not annoying. Most happy birds won’t yell constantly, but it is natural for them to call out at times so make sure 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 is necessary to have a happy healthy bird. You will want to clean out the cage every day and ensure that you provide fresh water and food. Food your bird a varied diet and have him checked by a vet (preferably one who specializes in birds) annually.
Birds can be very rewarding pets and require minimal care but they must be provided with a comfortable and secure environment and your companionship so as to thrive. Many birds can live for 20 years or more, 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 benefits of owning these enchanting creatures are many!