Millions of people around the world have pet birds. Birds can satisfy the need to have a pet when living in an apartment or other housing that does not allow cats or dogs. Birds are relatively easy to clean up after; their food is reasonably priced, they don’t bark and when their owners give them the proper care and attention they are animated and very loving animals.
With all of the pet birds in the world, a surprising number of their owners do not know how to properly care for their birds. Here are a few tips to help with ‘bird knowledge’:
- Birds are intelligent and inquisitive little beings. They need to be stimulated to keep them happy. One way to do this is to have at least 3 toys in the bird cages. Not only are the toys good for the birds, it is very entertaining to watch them play with their toys.
- Birds need to eat things other than seed. In the wild, birds do not live on seed strategically placed in little dishes around the trees. They find fruit trees, vegetable gardens and greenery to munch on. Birds need people food! Place pieces of fruit, bread, vegetables, cereal or whatever you are eating in the cage and watch your bird chow down! It will not take long for you to know what your birds’ favorite food is. (Birds tend to love scrambled eggs!)
- The only things you cannot feed birds are avocado or chocolate.
- When looking at bird cages to purchase, be sure to get one that allows your bird to spread his wings without touching the sides. This is essential to avoid harm to your bird.
- Pet birds need to have their wings clipped to prevent them from flying away or hurting themselves. But, they also need to have their nails and beaks trimmed periodically (every 3 to 6 months, depending on the bird). Do not do the trimming yourself unless you have been properly trained; an untrained person can do great damage to a bird. Call the local bird shops, if that fails call an avian vet and have them do it.
- Birds need human interaction on a daily basis. Do not expect to leave your bird alone for two or three weeks only throwing water and seed into the cage, and expect him to rejoice when you finally have a few minutes to spare with him. More than likely your bird is mad at you and will ignore you.