If given the proper care and training, birds can make wonderful pets – adding more beauty and music to your household. Here are a handful of things you can do to give your bird a life that is both happier and healthier in your home.
1. Start with the “Step Up”
One of the first and most essential lessons you can teach your bird is to “step up” onto your finger. This will take some training, practice, and rewards, but your bird should learn before long. The veterinarian blog of doctors Foster and Smith provides helpful info on how to ease into this essential trick.
2. Be realistic and consistent with your attention
It can be easy to become infatuated with your new bird upon bringing him home for the first time. But make sure to be realistic with the amount of affection you are giving your new pet. If you spend too much time showering him in kisses and cuddles in the beginning, and then suddenly back off into the routine of your daily life, he may feel neglected and cry out for your attention. Keep this in mind and do your best to be consistent with your outward adoration toward your bird.
3. Keep the diet on point
Along with mixed seeds, there are also many healthy bird pellets you can purchase to feed your pet. As with any animal, a healthy diet is essential for a happy, fulfilling life. Remember that you can reward your bird with pieces of fruits and veggies, and perhaps small bits of apple or melon.
4. Bird-proof your home
When your bird is out of its cage, he will often use his beak to explore the environment. Do your best to make the household safe by tucking away loose wires and keeping toxic chemicals stored away safely. Here are some additional tips to “bird-proof” your home.
5. Respect your bird’s space (and bedtime)
Your bird has little control over the environment outside of his cage, so be respectful of his surroundings. Don’t annoy your bird with overly bright lights or loud music, or perhaps the TV blasting late into the night. Remember, this is his home, and he trusts you to take care of him.
6. Keep things interesting
Add new toys, perches, and features to his cage to keep his life from feeling stagnant. Let him explore the house with your supervision and add variety to his life whenever you can.
Follow these few tips and your bird is much more likely to enjoy a long, joyful life by your side.