Though pet birds are not the most conventional pet that you can get, many people around the world describe them as one of the best pets that you can keep. Birds are extremely intelligent and develop deep bonds with their human owners. For these reasons, there is no wonder why so many people are looking into adopting a pet into their home.
However, for all of the positives that come with owning a bird, there is a lot of work that you have to do to make sure that your bird is properly cared for. Before you even consider purchasing a bird, you need to learn how to care for your pet birds. Caring for a bird is much different than caring for any mammal, so you need to really do your research. Here is a vet’s guide to owning a pet bird.
Get a large Birdcage
One of the most common and most frustrating mistakes that people who are new to owning birds make is buying a cage that isn’t big enough. You have to remember that when a bird is not in captivity they have the entire sky to fly in and be free, so containing them in a tiny cage is extremely cruel.
To put it plainly, if you don’t have space for a large cage in your house, then you don’t have space for a bird. It is unfair of you to keep a bird contained just so that it fits into the layout of your home. It is also recommended that you have space where your bird can be released freely from its cage for a couple of hours during the day. Without constant use, the muscle in a bird’s wings will get weaker which means they won’t be able to fly very well and their wings could become easily damaged.
If you are worried about spending too much on a cage, you could always build your own. This way you will have control of the dimensions and will be able to create a shape that fits comfortably within your home.
Keep them clean
Again, something that a lot of people do not know about birds is that they like to stay clean. Obviously, when they are contained in a small environment they are not able to move around or keep the area clean themselves, so it is your job to do this for them.
There is no set time on when you should be cleaning your birdcage, but a good bird owner will pay attention to when the cage isn’t looking as clean as it could be. We recommend cleaning out the cage at least once every three days and when you do clean out the cage you should be cleaning any other aspects of your bird cages such as their toys or their perch.
Birds themselves also love staying clean, so if you can we recommend adding a shallow birdbath to the cage to ensure that they are able to bathe whenever they feel unclean. Being able to do this will make your pet much happier, which is all we can ask for as pet owners.
Make sure they have plenty of entertainment
Birds are excitable creatures that are always looking for something to do while they are in the cage. It is not possible to have your bird out of the cage playing all of the time, so while they are in the cage it is important that you give them some toys to play with for entertainment.
Birds love anything that swings, but generally, anything they can interact with will satisfy them. Birds are very sensitive to colors and bright items, so be sure to pick them out when you are looking for toys for your pets. They also love bells or anything that makes sounds, but understandably that could get annoying to have in your home. You can still get them toys that make noise, you can simply just choose when to put them in the cage.
Birds get bored of toys very easily, so be sure that you are always updating the toys that you give to them in order to keep them engaged and active.