Just like any other pet
If you’re only opting for a pet bird because you think they’re easier to care for than cats or dogs, forget about it! Birds are highly intelligent and need regular interaction. If you don’t give your birds the right amount of attention, they can become frustrated and start feather picking or displaying aggressive behaviour.
Before adopting your bird, you need to make sure you can afford it. From the initial cost of your bird (generally more for larger species) to purchasing a cage and toys, there are a number of expenses you need to take into account.
Are you allowed?
If you’re living in an apartment complex or block of units, there may be some restrictions on the pets you’re allowed to own. Always check this before purchasing a feathered friend.
While some species of birds barely make any noise at all, others are notorious screamers. Make sure you research the noise potential of your bird species. If you don’t want a lot of noise, avoid vocal birds like a cockatoos or Eclectus parrot.
Not only can your other pets pose a danger to the health of your pet bird, but your bird can pose a danger to the younger members of your family. Larger parrots have been known to give a test bite when held and cannot be left alone around small children. Ensure that your bird cage is out of reach from your cats or dogs and that the cage is child-proof.
If you’re going to care for a bird properly, you need to look after their hygiene as well. From cage cleaning and clearing out fecal matter to ensuring clean food and drinking water, you need to keep on top of a number of things. Poor hygiene has the potential to cause illness and disease to both you and your pet bird.
Birds have hefty life-spans, with some larger birds living as long as humans. You need to realise purchasing a pet bird is a long-term commitment and be prepared to have a friend for life.
Care for their health
While there are a number of things you need to consider before adopting a bird, at the end of the day they are wonderful animals. If you’ve decided to adopt a bird, you should always get an initial checkup from your vet to ensure they’re healthy.
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