Bird Care Basics

Are you thinking about getting a bird but aren’t sure if it’s the right choice for you? Or do you already have a bird and want to be sure you are taking care of the essentials?

Having a pet bird may seem daunting, but it’s nothing to be afraid of. In fact, birds are delightful little creatures to share your space with and if you make the decision to adopt one, chances are you won’t be disappointed. There are a few basic ground rules of having a pet bird, though, so read on to be sure you are providing your flying friend with everything he or she needs to be content.

It’s crucial to do your research before adopting any kind of pet, whether it’s a dog, cat, bird, or ferret. This will help you know what to expect when it comes to their care and ensures there aren’t any surprises in terms of breed behavior or what they require in their environment. If possible, it’s always better to rescue or adopt a pet than it is to buy it from a pet store (more on that here).

When it comes to birds, there are a couple of birds that are considered good starter birds, meaning they are suitable for individuals who have no previous experience with birds and are looking for a pet that is easy to manage. Finches and canaries are two such birds: they are easy to care for, don’t require as much human interaction as some other birds, and they don’t need as much free flying time as other birds, either. For these reasons, a finch or a canary is a great choice for your first bird.

One of the most important things you can do for your bird gets it a cage big enough to spread its wings and move around a bit. The bigger the cage, the better. Make sure the cage includes at least one perch that the bird can sit on and put it in an easily accessible spot in the cage. Place food and water bowls for your bird in the cage, but ensure they are in a spot where they won’t be tainted by excrement or any other messes your bird might make in its cage. The food and water should remain clean at all times.

Some people get birds thinking they don’t need any attention at all and can just be left in their cage at all times. That’s not the case. Birds, like almost all other animals, crave interaction and need human bonding time in order to remain happy in their environment. Leaving your bird alone too much can make it lonely and depressed. Give your bird toys in its cage, so it can entertain itself when you are not around. Mirrors, climbing structures, and a biting stick are great additions to a bird’s cage. The biting stick can also help redirect any aggressive energy away from your fingers.

Even if your bird has toys, though, you still need to take it out and play with it whenever you get the chance. Shower your bird with love and attention. If you want, you can train your bird to do certain things like sitting on your finger and even perform tricks. It might sound difficult, but it’s actually not as hard as you might think and it’s quite rewarding for both you and the bird. In the meantime, though, you can make sure your bird remains happy and healthy by providing it with all the basics listed so far. Birds are beautiful beings that need loving and caring owners, so be sure you are up for the commitment before you adopt!

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