How to Choose the Pet Bird That’s Right for You

How to Choose the Pet Bird that’s Right for
You. Not all birds are created equal, and if you
get a pigeon when you’re most suited for a parakeet, you’re going to be miserable. You will need Time to research your choice
Bird books, magazines, and websites for research and bird breeders or bird owners who can answer
questions. Step 1. First, and most important, do your research. Take time to learn everything about pet birds
that you can—the pros and cons of all the different birds you’re considering. Libraries and bookstores have lots of books
about pet birds; pet stores have lots of bird magazines; and there are hundreds of bird-related
websites online that profile types of pet birds. Step 2. How much time you have available for a bird? Be realistic. Apart from their emotional needs, some birds
can be a lot of work to keep clean. Do you work outside the home? Do you travel a lot? Are you busy raising kids? Generally, the larger and more intelligent
the type of bird, the more demanding it will be. Many parrot owners compare parrots to two-year-old
kids in terms of the amount of attention they need. Step 3. Think about the amount of space you can give
a bird. Although every bird should have the biggest
cage you can afford, there’s quite a difference between a finch cage and a floor-to-ceiling
parrot aviary. If you have a small apartment or live near
lots of other people, you may be best off with a quiet bird. Some parrot species really like to let loose
and scream. Step 4. Think carefully about what you can afford. Large birds need regular vet visits, but you
will have to budget for a budgie, too. If you travel, you will need to pay for boarding
your animal or hiring a pet sitter. Young children and birds can be an iffy combination—for
both the birds and the kids. Big birds mean big beaks, but little birds
are fragile and easily frightened. Step 5. Last but definitely not least, think about
your own personality. What kind of companion are you looking for
in a feathered friend? Do you want to train a bird, or just to enjoy
watching it? Step 6. If you have questions, talk to bird breeders
and owners. Tell them the types of birds you’re considering
and why you think they might make a good match. Then it’s time to go make a new fine-feathered
friend! Did you know Nurse Florence Nightingale had
a pet owl that she carried around in her pocket.

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