Looking after pet birds

Looking After Pet Birds and Caring for Them

May 23, 2014

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Birds are beautiful creatures and there is not too much rushing around after them. They can be taught quite impressive tricks, which makes then both entertaining and fun to be with. However it is very important when looking after pet birds, to know exactly what you are doing, as they are very delicate creatures.

But they do, however, need taking care of. Taking good care of your pet not only shows you care, but helps maintain cleanliness of the cage and help the bird(s) have a healthy lifestyle and a friendly environment.

Taking care of your bird does mean keeping it entertained – but this doesn’t necessarily mean devoting all your time to it. Of course, you’ll want the best for it, but don’t waste the whole day trying to entertain your bird. There are other ways and buying another bird for it is probably best.

Things to consider when looking after pet birds

Buy a birdcage

Birdcages can vary in size – but you’ll want to get a fairly big one. Depending on the type of bird, you’ll want to invest in different types. Make sure the bird cannot escape through the gaps, and has enough room to stretch it’s wings and fly about. Tip: remember perches for the cage!

Consider it’s surroundings

Keep the cage in a safe place, and keep it away from any cats (or dogs). Over time, your bird(s) may feel more secure around any other pets – so don’t abandon them, just avoid any possible threats scaring the bird.

Keep it and the cage hygienic

Perhaps add a birdbath to the cage to freshen itself up. Bird do naturally keep themselves clean – but a small and extremely shallow (a centimetre deep) bird bath won’t hurt. Also, clean out the cage properly. Do this on a basis (2-4 days – or it could be once or twice a week), depending on how long it takes for the cage to start to show any signs of uncleanliness. Cleaning out the cage means:

  • wiping down the whole cage, perches and toys too
  • replacing the sand-paper at the bottom of the cage
  • new food and water
  • clean bird bath water (if you have one)

Also, about once a week you’ll want to sterilise the cage – but don’t use bleach. Just sterilise the perches and food and water bowls in boiling hot water.

Keep it healthy and give it a healthily balanced diet

Feed your bird food suitable for that specific species. Most pet shops sell many different bird food for many different species. Keeping it healthy otherwise (exercise) just consists in different bird toys and making sure it has enough space. If you think your bird has developed any possible illnesses, speak to a vet.

Buy a little friend and keep it entertained

A little friend to keep it company. This is particularly useful if owners aren’t in the house for long periods of time on a daily basis.

Show it love and care

When looking after pet birds, make sure you show you love it. Give it lots of attention, and make things fun for it. Add a few bird toys to the cage and always keep it healthy and happy. Remember to make sure it has the following:

  • Food and drink
  • Safety
  • Warmth
  • Love

Give your pet bird some freedom

Now and then you should let your bird out of their cage in a secure room. Make sure all curtains are drawn over the windows and all poisonous plants and wires are covered or even better removed. Also make sure there is no water in the room so the birds don’t drown and all ceiling fans are turned off. If you think your bird will get harmed by something it is best to prevent it in some way. You also need to know how to catch the bird.

Other useful tips when looking after pet birds

What to do

  • Make sure that, if you have two birds, they don’t fight. Give them a few weeks to settle in, but if they fight after that move them away from each other.
  • Travel cages are good ideas. If you ever need to take your bird(s) to a vet – put it in a small travel-sized cage. This will save you having to take the whole birdcage with you.

What not to do

  • Bird cages can smell if they are dirty. However, this isn’t always an indication of dirtiness – so don’t rely on that to tell you when to clean it out. You’ll know when it needs cleaning.
  • Don’t abandon your bird(s), and don’t leave it in any possible danger.

If you follow the above advice when looking after pet birds, you will find them fantastic companions and a pleasure to keep.

Additional information about looking after pet birds

WikiHow – How to look after pet birds

RSPCA – Caring for your bird

eHow YouTube – How to take care of a bird

The Humane SocietyHow to care for your pet bird

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