Each year in the US, there are literally thousands of birds that get abandoned by their owners. Fortunately, though, many people choose to take them in by adopting a pet bird of their own . If you happen to be looking for a bird to adopt, there are several things you should know, as well as many factors that you need to take into consideration.
Adopting a Bird Takes Patience and Time
First of all, you need to know that birds are not the easiest animals in the world to take care of. In fact, they require a lot of care, thus being one of the main reasons that so many of them get abandoned each year. If you don’t think you can provide adequate care to the bird you adopt, you should think twice about adopting one.
It’s also important to keep in mind that injured birds will of course require more care than those without injuries. Taking in an injured bird is a great way to bond with the bird because you’ll be the one nursing him or her back to health. But, once again, if you don’t have the time or patience to provide proper care, it’s probably best to not adopt a bird.
Birds Require “No Smoking” Zones
Birds are very sensitive when it comes to the air that they breathe. You should never smoke around your bird or put it in a room where it might breathe in fumes from cleaners, hairspray, etc.
Let the Light Shine
Birds should never be kept in the dark. They need to be exposed to light for at least four hours each day, to both UVB and UVA rays. If you don’t have a caged area for your bird to fly around in outside, then you’ll need to invest in artificial sunlights for the room that your bird stays inside in your home.
Birds Can Transmit Diseases
Additionally, it’s imperative to note that birds are not considered domestic animals. There are two main types of diseases that they can transmit to humans, too: chlamydiosis and avian tuberculosis. If you have a weak immune system, you should carefully consider adopting a bird. Furthermore, birds tend to shed, which can be hard on you or anyone in your home who has asthma.
None of what has been stated above is meant to deter you from adopting a bird. In fact, a bird can quickly become your best friend, and they make great pets for those who have the patience and willingness to take care of them. Let’s take a look at several other important things you need to know about adopting a bird.
Varied But Strict Diet
Before you adopt a bird and take it home, you need to research the types of foods that your bird can eat. You also need to make sure the bird adheres to a varied but strict diet. Most birds can eat different types of pellets, fruits, veggies, beans, and other types of small foods.
Plenty of Space to Play
Birds tend to be social, especially parrots, and they greatly appreciate when their owners let them out of their cages to roam about the house. When you let your bird fly around in your home, make sure to keep it in rooms that are free of other animals and where all the windows are covered.
Don’t Keep Your Bird Up Late at Night
Even though you might be a party animal, this doesn’t mean that your bird needs to be one. In fact, you need to put your bird in a part of your house where it can get at least 10 hours of sleep each night. Restful birds tend to stay in better moods, as well as in better health.
Noisy and Messy
Just like a young infant or toddler, birds can get quite noisy and messy. They usually have to be cleaned up after at least once a day, sometimes more. It’s pertinent that you keep your bird’s cage clean, which means you’ll need to clean it anywhere from two to three times a week to once a day. Also, since birds are so messy, they tend to drop food out of their cages when eating it, meaning the areas under and around their cages will need to be cleaned.
Birds Like Toys
When you adopt a bird, make sure to pick up plenty of toys for it to play with. Also, you’ll need a perch, a cage, food, and more. Keep in mind that birds tend to tear up the toys they play with, so don’t invest a whole lot of money into a particular toy because, chances are, it’ll get tore up, and you’ll have to replace it with more toys.
Tips for Adopting a Pet Bird
Now that you know about the different considerations to keep in mind before adopting a bird, let’s take a quick look at the how-to process of adopting one.
Adopting a bird is a bit different than going to a pet store and buying one. First off, you’ll need to identify local or nearby places that have birds available for adoption. Some of the best places to check with first are local animal shelters and veterinarian offices.
There are likely some requirements that you’ll have to meet to adopt a bird, including being at least 18 years of age. Many organizations that will allow you to adopt a bird will require you to attend bird care classes. There will also be an application that you have to fill out before the adoption process can begin. Once you have filled it out, turn it in. You should hear something within 24 to 72 hours in regards to whether or not you have been approved.
Once approved, you can pick out your bird, and then you’ll have to have your adoption papers finalized, which usually takes about 24 to 48 hours.
After everything is said and done, you can then call yourself the proud owner of a bird.