Pet birds can bring us so much pleasure that they are often a welcome addition to families. Kids are especially taken with these little-feathered friends and often end up taking the bird hostage as their little playmate. However, caring for pet birds does take some effort on your behalf and is essential for the health of your bird.
Pet Bird Care Starts In The Pet Store
Before you even take a bird home, you want to be sure to be able to accommodate the bird’s needs to give him the best possible home. People with limited space in their homes and families with very small kids should probably think twice about buying a pet bird. They would be more suited to a cat.
Birds need ample room to play and be and sticking them into a small bird cage is not the idea here. In fact, too many bird owners do this, and it is a sad state of affairs. Imagine you have locked in a small room all your life without ever getting out into the sunshine.
Birds Need Proper Handling
Caring for a pet bird requires proper handling of the bird. It means you can’t just grab your bird if you feel like it. As you might do more damage this way. Like humans, birds need their quiet times and space in which they can just be without getting disturbed by you or small kids wanting to play.
They should also be fed with appropriate food depending on the type of bird you buy. The bigger the bird, usually the more food and toys he requires. Parrots are a lot needier regarding the time you spend with them than a little finch. Finches are more so birds for show and usually not a bird one would stroke and handle.
Inform yourself about the various types of pet birds available and choose one that suits your lifestyle and home.
Training your bird can be quite a challenge. It isn’t rare we hear bird owners complaining about their biting, screaming bird. Often, this is an inclination that the bird has either been abused in the past or else if you bought a baby bird, it might just feel neglected by you.There is a broad range of training tools available on the market these days. You can choose from training videos, books, eBooks and more to get a grip on your bird’s behavior.
Keep Water Running
With a running water feature don’t let the pipes freeze, insulate them or leave it running. Birds can hear running water from a great distance, and will seek out any sources in a cold season. Static features like birdbaths need freeze-proofing. Leave a plastic ball in the water and the movement will help deter the ice. Otherwise use a liquid solution to stop freezing. They’re non-toxic and bird safe, with a few drops lowering the freezing temperature from zero to minus four degrees. Birds use baths to drink, wash and socialize, so holding back the ice will give them a reason to stay for longer.
Suet is great for birds. Made by shaping mutton or beef fat it helps birds gain the calories and fat they need to survive in the cold. Many like to mix in some seeds or live feed in with the suet, depending on the diet of the birds they hope to attract. Some live feed like mealworms will complete most birds’ diet, with more than enough protein and fat to bring them in and keep them.
A pet bird is an excellent companion that can give you and your family years of joy. Moreover, there are various things to look out for while the bird is in your care. First, make sure you are selecting a healthy bird that has been well cared for. Avoid picking a sick or badly treated bird unless you have much experience with the species and its health problems. Rehabbing an unhealthy bird is not easy. Instead, if you come across a pet store or breeder that looks to have many unhealthy animals, consider calling a local animal welfare organization for assistance.
Bear these few tips in mind, and you shouldn’t have any trouble attracting birds to your garden and giving them a reason to stay this winter. Considering how hostile the environment can be to them during the colder months, you’ll be livening up your backyard as well as providing a much-needed service.
Caring for your pet bird isn’t really that hard. With the right mindset and knowledge, you too can become a happy and relaxed bird owner with a happy bird to boost.