If you have decided to have birds for pets, you need to understand that they have specific needs that are different from other animals like cats and dogs. And as these feathered creatures have frail features, they will need a different housing that will offer enough space where they can eat, play, and rest. Proper caring for birds include companionship, an appropriate cage, the right stimulation, and the right diet.
Essentials of Caring for Birds
Most people admire these feathered creatures for their amazing colors, interesting features, gracefulness, as well as in their ability to communicate and even sing. But not everyone who enjoy watching them and have kept them in cages really understand what will make these birds feel free to do as they are designed to do. As a result, many of these birds end up experiencing health and behavior problems, including, chewing, biting, flock-calling, feather pulling, even injuring themselves. Many of these birds end up being abandoned after their previous owners feel that these birds are becoming more of a nuisance rather than otherwise.
If you want to have a bird for a pet, make sure you can provide all the things that your soon-to-be feathered pet will need. If you can’t even spare some time to research on the essentials of caring for bird, better find a different hobby. But if you already have one, it is a good thing to continue learning how you could better take care of your feathered friend. Remember that your goal to be considered a responsible bird owner is to make sure that your bird gets to enjoy the benefits of being a bird with such features, and experience the joy of being extended all that will keep its frail body healthy and well.
One of the things that your feathered friend needs is companionship. You will need to spend some time interacting with it and, at least, have the bird enjoy the company of other birds of their kind. Place your bird cage next to the other bird’s cage. But you need to make sure that the other birds will not pose any danger to your pet bird. Observe your bird for a few days and take note of how it behaves while its cage is placed near the other bird’s cage. If you see that it is enjoying the company of other birds and you are confident that both birds feel free to interact and won’t be in any way be harming the new bird, you can allow the birds to be in the same play stand after some time.
Only when you are confident that your feathered friend will not be bullied by the other bird that you should leave the door of your pet bird’s cage open. It is also then that you can leave these birds alone together.
Bird Proofed Cage
Your feathered friend needs a safe place to inhabit. Make sure that you have its new home bird proofed. Have any accessory and toys inside the cage to be well built and without any loose or sharp ends. Let the cage be located in an appropriate location, far from large windows, mirrors, electrical wires, and just about anything that will put your pet’s life in danger.
Your bird needs to be constantly stimulated to ensure that it won’t get bored and display unpleasant behavior, such as hair pulling, biting, chewing, and so on. Add some toys and other appropriate accessories to keep your feathered friend active.
A bird’s diet consists of seeds, fruits, vegetables, and nuts. There are also premixed feeds available in the market that can provide all the essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that your pet will need to remain healthy and well while under your care.
A bird’s body require the right combination of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to stay healthy. A good seed-based diet may be considered. However, providing a wide range of food options will be able to meet all your birds’ nutritional needs.
Caring for your bird means providing the essentials that will make this feathered creature’s life comfortable. Remember that once you have any bird placed inside a cage, it will depend on you for everything that needs to survive. If you want it to stay healthy and well longer, be sure to provide the best for it.