Birds are colourful, playful, and often a little noisy, they can also make a wonderful addition to the home. However, many people make the mistake of believing that birds are simple and can be cared for with little effort. Here, we’re going to take a closer look and make sure that your give your new feathered friend the real kind of welcome they deserve.
Research your breed of bird
The tips below will largely apply to all birds, but it’s important to know what’s best for the specific breed that you’re bringing home. Canaries, for instance, are quite happy to be alone, whereas cockatiels prefer to live in pairs or groups. Sites like Pets are the Best can help you figure out which type of bird suits your lifestyle and explains standards which need to be maintained.
A place to call home
Naturally, you’re going to need a suitable cage to suit as the bird’s home. A general rule of thumb is to have a cage that is at least twice the size of their wingspan in each dimension. It should be close to the family, usually in the living room, and away from drafts and strong smells, which birds are more sensitive to. At least two perches of different heights and textures can keep their feet healthy.
Plenty of good food
The specific diet of your bird will, again, depend on what breed it is. Seeds and pellets make up the majority of a healthy diet for most, and you can use the Little Peckers bird food store to find specific foods for your bird. Fruit treats like apple or banana should be given once a week. A millet spray is also a delicious treat. Most importantly, ensure their water bowl is always full of clean water.
Keeping your bird happy
Lots of birds love to play. How they play will depend on their breed. However, many common African grey parrots and cockatiels love to be held or to climb around on their humans for an hour or more a day, or to explore outside the cage. There are plenty of toys you can get for inside the cage, as well, such as puzzles that contain treats they have to solve to get.
Ensuring a healthy start to life
A healthy pet is a happy pet. For birds, you should give them a few days to settle in their new home before handing them. After that, arrange a trip to the vet as soon as possible and ask if there are any health care checks that need to be made. Make sure you take the time to find an avian vet who specialises in birds so you can get suitable answers to your questions.
Birds may not be as physically demanding as dogs, nor as resource intensive as larger animals, but they still need care and attention. The tips above should ensure that you don’t take that responsibility lightly..