The moment you decide to become a bird owner, that’s the time when you start wondering things like what kind of pet do I want? What will my pet be called? Is there a way to make sure I have food for it all the time? All these questions are going through your head and they seem to never stop. But don’t worry! In this blog post, we will tell you everything about becoming a bird owner and how to deal with some of the most common problems.
If you’re just starting out, you probably have a lot of questions about what kind of bird to get. There are over 300 species of birds that can make great pets, but if you’re looking for something that’s fun and colorful, you might want to consider a Blue Parakeet or a Lovebird. Young birds are the easiest ones to start with, although they will need a home with lots of room where they can flap around and fly.
Table of Contents
- 1 What do I need to know before buying a bird?
- 2 What kind of pet bird should I have as a bird owner?
- 3 Where do I want to house my pet?
- 4 How much time do I need to spend with my pet bird?
- 5 Birds are messy eaters and will leave droppings everywhere
- 6 Birds Require Specialized Diets
- 7 How do you welcome a new bird?
- 8 How do you tell if a bird is scared?
What do I need to know before buying a bird?
Birds are an excellent addition to any household, but if you’re not prepared for the responsibility of owning one there are a few things you should know. Before buying your first bird make sure that they can live inside or outside because birds need fresh air and natural sunlight every day just like us humans do!
If I’m being honest with myself, my only regret about becoming a pet owner is choosing the wrong type of animal in which case had much less care needs than other animals such as fish.
What kind of pet bird should I have as a bird owner?
If you’re considering getting a parakeet, here are a few things to keep in mind. First, let’s talk about what type of parakeet you should get. Everyone has a favorite type of parakeet which is dependent on their personality. For example, if you’re a snoozing kind of person, you probably won’t want an indoor-outdoor type parakeet (unless there’s a neighbor with puppy allergies) and vice versa. Second, let’s talk about where and how you should house your parakeet. Another factor to consider is whether you like to watch birds during the day or during the nighttime (I always prefer daylight sightings).
When you decide to get a parakeet, choose one that’s right for you. Love snoozing? Make sure your prospective bird snoozes too! If you like nighttime bird watching, make sure to buy a nocturnal parakeet.
Where do I want to house my pet?
You must be thinking, “”Where do I want to house my pet?””. There are so many options! Does your home have grass and trees for birds to nuzzle up against? Should you provide a porch for flying and playing? If so, what kind of porch material should you choose? Do you even have enough room for a perching post? You can always begin with a small terrace area with a hanging food dish or rocking chair in order to get some initial perching experience before moving on to something more permanent. The height of a perch can vary depending on how high you would like your birds to perch. Lil birds will need less height than larger birds as they can ‘reach out’ for things they are interested in at times that.
How much time do I need to spend with my pet bird?
Your time with your bird will depend on you and your circumstances. For example, if you have children, your schedule will be more jam-packed and you won’t have time to spend as much time with your bird as you would like. So, you will likely have to split your parenting duties equally between you and your bird. Another factor is age: The older your bird is the more time you’ll need to invest in its care. But, keep in mind, not all bird keepers are parents! So don’t assume just because you’re an experienced parent that your responsibilities as a new parent will be any less.
Birds are messy eaters and will leave droppings everywhere
When you become a bird owner, you don’t just get a pet. You also get the responsibility of cleaning up after it. When you first bring home a flock of birds they will leave droppings all over your yard. This can be inconvenient and time consuming, especially if you are not a dog person and can’t reach all of the droppings immediately. You may also end up picking up bird poop in the morning when you go running and showering. Here are some important things to remember when you become a bird owner:
- You’ll need a lot of patience;
- Your bird will need its wings clipped for safety;
- You might have to clean up some poop, but that’s just part of the job;
- Birds are social creatures and they like to be around humans (and other birds) as much as possible.
Birds Require Specialized Diets
The right type of food can make all the difference when it comes to raising a bird. You might have seen some crazy diets on TV or read about them in magazines, but not every diet is ideal for your feathered friend!.
Birds require specialized diets in order to meet their nutritional requirements. While they can eat seeds, fruits, vegetables, grasses, bark or anything else they find, most bird species rely primarily on plant materials for their diet. Although this does mean that you can provide your bird with a varied diet, it also means that you will have to provide more of the vitamins and minerals they need while still keeping them on your property.
How do you welcome a new bird?
It’s always good to make their first impression count! To start, try giving them some of the habitat they’re used to like leaves or sticks that will help acclimate themselves with what it might feel and smell like outside of captivity.
If scouting around for food isn’t really an option due to time constraints then offer up these options: apples (make sure there are no seeds), suet balls, meal worms, nuts such as walnuts and almonds wrapped in cheesecloth so rodents can’t get at them if placed inside heavy duty plastic baggies along with raisins soaked overnight called “raisin cakes.”
How do you tell if a bird is scared?
The question lingers in the air, unanswered. But it doesn’t have to be! Birds exhibit many characteristic behaviors when they are frightened or stressed out like outstretching their wings and exposing themselves more fully as though trying to make sure that person/wildlife isn’t about for an attack. Some of these signs may also include: drooping feathers on the head; shuffling feet nervously; turning the body from side to side while keeping eyes directed forward but not looking at anything specifically because they’re afraid of what might come next.
To sum up, There are many things to expect when you become the proud owner of a bird! You might find yourself cleaning your new pet’s cage at least once a day, sitting on the floor with them for hours so they can get used to their environment, and even teaching it how to talk. It will be hard work but if that’s what makes your heart happiest then go ahead; there is nothing more rewarding than growing attached to someone or something over time.
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