Learn how to care for your pet bird with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
A pet bird requires special care. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we have the pet bird supplies to ensure a happy and healthy life. Of course, you also need to know how to care for your feathered friends. With our tips on caring for your pet bird, you’ll be on your way to a fulfilling relationship with your bird.
Research the Bird Species
Before you add a pet bird to your family, it’s crucial that you research the bird species. Birds require a lot of specialized care, and are quite different from a pet cat or dog. These are just some of the basic things to consider and look into when deciding on a pet bird.
Long lifespan – Pet birds have a long lifespan, with different species ranging from 20 to 50 years or more. You have to be ready to commit for that long, and possibly find someone who will take on the responsibility of caring for your bird when you’re no longer around.
Social pets – Birds require a lot of attention and affection from their owners. They’re intelligent and social, and want to be around people and other birds. They can also easily get bored. If a pet bird gets bored too much, they can get depressed and start pulling out their feathers or cutting themselves. If you can take on more than one bird, a pair of pet birds can keep each other company.
Proper veterinary care – It can’t be stressed enough that pet birds need a board-certified avian veterinarian. These specialized vets can help give your bird a long and healthy life. An avian vet knows the nutritional and behavioral needs to help you care for your pet bird. Because birds are flock animals, they tend to mask their symptoms if they’re sick. You need to know your bird well enough to notice any minor behavioral or diet changes, and have an avian vet to contact right away.
Pros and Cons of Owning a Pet Bird
With any kind of pet, there are always pros and cons. Caring for a pet bird can be a challenge, but a lifelong friendship can be well worth it.
Pet Bird Pros
Friendly & Social – Pet birds are not only social with other birds, but with people, too. Most species like to be cuddled and be around their owners.
Intelligent – Pet birds are smart. They can learn tricks, count and some species can even talk. Parrots especially can pick up and mimic the human language.
Long life – One of the most heartbreaking parts of owning a pet is knowing their lifespan is rather short. With a pet bird, some species can live over 50 years. This gives you a long time to spend with your pet and potentially a lifelong bond.
Pet Bird Cons
Cost – Pet birds are expensive to properly care for. You have to consider the costs of an avian veterinarian, supplies such as a cage, food and toys, and any other unexpected costs along their long life.
Noise – Some pet birds can be extremely loud. You have to think about everyone in your household, and possibly neighbors. If you don’t have the patience or tolerance for a loud pet, you’ll need to really consider if a pet bird is right for you.
Messy – Birds fling seed and other food throughout the day, not only in their cage but outside of it, too. They also have a natural instinct to chew and shred wood. They might also chew on paper, curtains and electrical cord. It’s important to bird-proof your home before bringing in a pet bird.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand that animals, big and small, are an important part of your family. That’s we carry care supplies for animals of all sizes, from rabbits, cats and dogs to horses and cows. For more tips on raising and caring for your furry friends, visit our pet care and hobby farming blogs.