You And A Pet Bird by Jacqueline Valencia
Pet birds can be amazing companions and friends. They are beautiful and varied animals filled with huge personalities and quirks. As with any other pet, you must contemplate a few things, if you are to give your new bird friend a rich full life in your home.
Matching a bird life to your own
The first thing to take into account would be how much time and space you have to give your bird. While many bird species come in pretty colours and plumage, birds are not decoration. They are intelligent beings who need social stimulation, the freedom to fly, and their own space to feel secure.
For example, budgies are small, charming birds that can fit into almost any lifestyle. They aren’t noisy birds but need a wide cage. Budgies can be low maintenance and with the right toys and attention, they can live for about ten to fifteen years.
On the other hand, Amazon parrots have a lot of character and come with various temperaments, some even get sassy with their humans! These parrots need a lot of social interaction and mental exercises to keep them busy and happy. Boredom in parrots results in destructive behaviours and they are known to get depressed. Unlike budgies, Amazon parrots can live up to fifty years and outlive their human companions. Therefore, when adopting these lovely birds, you should consider it more than a lifetime commitment.
The benefits of bird ownership
Keeping birds in your home should be considered a privilege. Caring for a bird’s daily schedule can keep you alert and actually accentuate your own routine. Social time with your pet can also lower stress and keep you in the present when you need it. The tricks and language that you teach a bird can exercise your own mind in trying to find solutions to make both of your lives better. Bird song or bird chatter fills a home with joy and makes for a cheerful household.
What you need to keep a bird friend
Think of your bird friend’s needs as if you were keeping a miniature home inside of your own. While you can have a crate for a dog or a bed for a cat, a bird needs a little house of its own to feel safe. Here is where a good cage can come in handy. There has to be enough room for a bird to spread its wings and hop or play around in its shelter. If it will be confined most of the time, the bird will require the biggest cage possible. A good liner consisting of newspaper, kitty litter, or cage substrate works well. You need something that will help you keep track of the healthy droppings while also up-keeping the cage with routine cleanings.
Strategically placed perches or swings will keep your bird active, while good chewing and shredding toys are great to keep birds’ mentally preoccupied and help maintain beak health. A bird still also needs its privacy, so good hiding places in the cage help give your friend a sense of security. Water bowls and food should be accessible with proper feeders.
If your bird is going to have free time around the house, bird proof your home as you would with a toddler. Keep a place where it would perch clean and cover up any areas it could possibly get stuck in. Turn off ceiling fans and dangerous outlets that a curious foot or beak could find itself in.
If you are thinking of adopting a bird
Take into account the points above and do your research to find the right bird companion for you. With the right care and consideration, a pet bird can bring a lot of happiness to the right human. The right human can also be ready to give that happiness right back.
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