Tips for First Time Bird Owners

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( — December 20, 2018) — Introducing a new pet home is an unforgettable experience. No matter of the species, this is always an exciting moment. But if you are not prepared in advance, you can experience some difficulties.  Animals are not toys and we should be all prepared before we bring them home, to make sure that everything goes smoothly. Pet birds are known to be easier to maintain compared to cats and dogs. However, there are some things that you should know before you get a bird. Check the tips for the first time bird owners and find out more!

Healthy Food

Good nutrition is important for a healthy bird. That’s why you should get high quality bird food, in order to make sure that your feathered friend stays in a good shape. Sunflower seeds are not the only food that your pet should consume. Depending on the type, you should include fruits and veggies as well. Make sure that you wash them well before use, so no pesticides can harm your bird. Never feed your bird with your favorite foods such as chocolate, liquor, caffeinated beverages, avocados or very spicy foods, as these can be quite dangerous.

Proper Cage

Your pet bird needs it’s personal space, even if you plan to let it fly in the home. You will need to pick a proper sized cage, so the bird will feel comfortable and has the opportunity to explore. If it is a baby bird, make sure that you get one the size that the bird will get. This way, you won’t have to buy a new cage as soon as the bird overgrows it.

Birds love to have a nice view of the surroundings. Let them have a good view of the living room, or a nearby window.

Keep in mind that birds can get too excited, and place a protective layer around the cage. This way, you will not have to clean around later.

Offer Entertainment

Do not forget that birds are social animals and need attention. For the moments when you can’t do it, place some nice toys in their cage. They love to grab shiny and colorful toys. Also, offer them something for scratching.

Be Aware Of The Dangers

If you let the birds fly through the home, keep in mind that you should bird-proof everything. Birds like to chew on things. Despite for ruining your furniture, they are known to chew on electrical cords and power outlets as well. Make sure that they are protected from other dangers as well, such as other pets, toxic substances, and plants.

Clean Air

Bird’s respiratory system is sensitive to air quality. Make sure that you never use any air freshener, scented candles, perfume, or other strong scents, near the bird’s space. Be careful when cleaning the cage and toys too. Do not use any strong chemicals. Instead, clean with mixture of vinegar and water, or unscented soap.