Bird Care Tips: How to Care for Pet Birds at Home

Do you have friends or relatives that have pet birds at home? Ever wonder why they chose birds as pets to take care of instead of other animals? Bird lovers have different reasons why they choose birds as pets and one of these reasons is the simplicity of caring for these feathered animals. Caring for pet birds could be simple, but it may not really be that simple as you think it is. Although caring for birds could be very different from how you take care of other animals, there could also be similarities because caring for birds will depend on your purpose of having them in the first place.

 

pet birds in cage

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Some pet owners will get birds as pets because of their beauty, they would just look and stare at them because they appreciate their color and appearance. Some want pet birds because of the sound they create or their skills to mimic human sounds (some species). If any of these is their purpose, caring for these animals will need lesser effort on their part. Below are some guides on how to take care of your pet bird.

How to Care for Pet Birds

• Provide a bird cage that is suitable to the size and number of your pet birds. If you have small birds at home but multiple in numbers, it will require a large cage to house them. There must have enough room for them to fly around and move from one place to another. Do not overcrowd the cage. There are species that are aggressive even with their own kind and when too many of them are in one place, they have the tendency to hurt or kill each other. Some of these species include parrots such as the ringnecks and sun conures.

Moreover, it is advisable that you don’t contain birds of different species in one cage. Each species have different personalities. There are dominant species that are very territorial while there are friendly and tame species that won’t mind being with other breeds around. It would be best to consult a bird expert or a bird breeder prior to mixing different species in one cage.

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• Maintain a clean surrounding for them. Do a weekly cage cleaning if necessary. Always make sure that their cage is clean and well-maintained with healthy bird food and fresh clean water. Secure their cage and make sure that they won’t escape or that the cage grills have proper spacing for them not to fit in. If you have cats at home make sure that the bird cage is high enough and that cat’s paws could not fit in.

• Do a daily routine to check their feeding bowl if there is enough food for them and clean water to drink. Aside from bird seeds, offer them other food options like fresh fruits and vegetables and bird foods that are high in vitamin B and other vitamins that will complete the nourishment they need.

• During hot weather, aside from giving them fresh and clean water, it is also recommended to provide them with a wider and bigger bowl with water that is at least 1 cm deep. This is not only to keep them hydrated at all times, but it is also used to at least refresh them from the dryness and too much heat.

Some pet bird owners are acquiring birds not only for its beauty and sound, but also because of their intelligence particularly those birds that can be trained to speak human words as well as those who can be thought to do amazing stuff like what other animals can do. For this purpose, aside from the basic guidelines mentioned above, special care and attention is required. Some of these birds that can be thought to do things are from the medium to large breeds. For this kind of birds, aside from the regular bird supplies you use, you might be needing other stuff and more special diet to provide them with their needs.

Caring for birds may be simple compared to caring for other animals yet sometimes we tend to forget or overlook maintaining them because of its simplicity. Caring for birds also requires attention and genuine love for them just like how you take care of other animals that are dear to you. Some bird species could live up to more than 50 years which means they could be a lifetime companion you can share your life with.

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