5 of the Most Important Tips
1. Do not buy a bird as a whim.
Birds are difficult pets and require a lot of time and attention. They must be played with and out of their cages for several hours every day Do research and visit good pet stores to look at different species. If owning a bird seems too daunting for your lifestyle, –you work 10 hours a day; you are single and go out every night and go away on the weekends, you do not have time for a bird. It can not stay alone at home for the weekend like a cat.
2. Birds are expensive pets.
Avian vets are not reasonable. Birds require fresh fruit and veggies and good pellets and seed.
A roomy cage with enough space for wingspan flaps is needed.
At least 3 perches of different widths and different materials should be provided and last but certainly not least, a minimum of 3-6 toys should be rotated for stimulation..
3. Toys should be species specific but do notice what your bird likes.
Some macaws like little toys and some parrotlets attack large toys. All parrots are different. And just as in buying children’s toys,make sure that your toys are made of safe materials preferably from the USA . be vigilant about open quick links, loose wires, hangy, freyed materials. We knew a lovebird who got its foot caught in the fraying cotton of its sleep tent and chewed its foot off. Constantly check your bird’s toys. And if your bird destroys a toy, be happy,, he had a good time. Don’t not buy toys because your bird destroys them and they cost too much
4. Know your bird.
When birds show signs of sickness-heavy breathing, on bottom of cage, it may be too late. It is instinctive to mask illness in the wild in order to survive. It is a good habit to offer your parrot a treat at a certain time of day. If he is not interested, observe him. This is a sign that something is Just Not Right
5. In order to be a successful parrot owner, keep your sense of wonder and humor.
Parrots are wondrous creatures and I am constantly
amazed that they like us humans.