You’ve really been wanting to adopt a pet bird, but you’re not quite sure about the ins-and-outs of taking care of one. For one, you know they require quite a bit of attention, and one of your friends even informed you that her pet bird is extremely messy.
So, the question is, “is adopting a pet bird right for you and your lifestyle?” To answer this question, make sure to keep in mind the 10 valuable pieces of information below.
Birds Are Not Domesticated
Unlike cats and dogs, adopting a pet bird means that you’ll be taking in a non-domesticated animal. You’ll have to invest a lot of time into taming your bird. However, it is possible to adopt one that has already been tamed. But do keep in mind that just because a bird is tamed doesn’t mean it will be on its best behavior after moving in with you. It will take a bit of time for the bird to start listening to and obeying you. He will have to get used to you as his owner.
Say Goodbye to Smell-Good Items
From air fresheners to candles, you’ll likely have to get rid of all of them. Most birds have extremely sensitive respiratory systems, meaning they can’t breathe in fumes, including the scents coming from your smell-good products. Fortunately, though, most pet stores will have air fresheners that can be used in your home that are perfectly safe for birds to be around and breathe.
Expect to Be Bothered By Noise
Even though some birds have the ability to talk, each and every one of them tends to chirp, scream, and be loud on a daily basis. From late in the evening to early in the morning, your bird will likely find the need to be noisy. And, to put it bluntly, if you want to own a bird as a pet, you’ll need to invest in ear plugs or find a way to cope with noise, such as by making sure your bird stays in a room that is far away from your bedroom.
Buttons and Shiny Things Don’t Mix Well With Birds
Your pet bird will find him or herself delightfully hypnotized by buttons and shiny things. If you wear a pair of earrings, your bird will be attracted to them like a deer attracted to a salt block. Because of this, you’ll want to remove your jewelry and other shiny objects when going around your pet bird. Also, remember to wear clothes that don’t have buttons, because birds are captivated by them, as well.
Yes, Birds are Messy
Best case scenario, your bird will be only slightly messy, but nonetheless, messy. From seed hulls to feathers and more, your cute little bird will ensure that you have a good reason to pull out the vacuum on a daily basis.
A Natural Alarm Clock
Birds are early risers. When the sun comes up, they’re ready to start their day. If you don’t like waking up early, you’ll definitely want to keep your pet bird in a part of the house that you can’t hear the noise while you’re sleeping. On the other hand and on the upside, if you happen to be a morning person, then your birdie friend will act as a natural alarm clock for you.
Keep Your Smoking Activities Outside
No matter what you’re smoking, you’ll need to do it outside. Smoke is very harmful to birds, especially cigarette smoke. Even after smoking outside, it’s imperative to wash your hands and hair, as well as change your clothes, before being around or handling your bird.
Check Your Cookware
Believe it or not, adopting a pet bird may require that you thoroughly investigate your cookware situation. If you’re using cookware made of Teflon, then the odorless and colorless fumes given off by this material can potentially be fatal to your pet bird, especially parrots. Keeping this in mind, if you have any type of non-stick cookware in the home, it’s best for you to give it away or sell it and replace with stainless steel items.
Many Birds Are Not Social
The most amount of social interaction that your bird will get will probably come from the pictures of him or her that you post on social media sites. Other than that, don’t expect your bird to be a social butterfly. Even if he or she is tamed, getting used to other people takes some time. If you have other people living in the home with you, especially children, make sure that each person spends quite a bit of time with your bird so as to get him or her accustom to all residents.
Get Ready to Get Rid of Houseplants
If you have houseplants in your home, there’s a good chance that you’ll have to get rid of them. Most houseplants can be toxic to your pet bird, so you’ll definitely want to do research on the types of plants that can and cannot be kept in your home.
Tips for Keeping Your Pet Bird Happy
If you’ve decided that adopting a pet bird is for you, then you’ll doubtlessly want to do your best to keep it happy. Here are a few quick tips for doing just that.
Lots of Space is Greatly Appreciated
Birds are adapted to fly in large spaces. From jungles to savannas and more, the more room they have, the better. In terms of being a pet, though, he or she will be limited to space, but still yet, you should to your best to provide as much room as possible for your bird to fly around.
Take Your Friend Outside
Your bird will truly be grateful if you provide an area outside in which he or she can fly around in. This outside area should be enclosed, such as with cage fencing, and you should supervise your bird at all times. And make sure to keep it away from other animals, including dogs and cats.
Provide Multiple Perches
The more perches you have, the better. If possible, put a perch in each room of your home and let your bird have at least 30 minutes a day where he or she is free to roam your entire home. You could even let your pet bird watch TV with you or sit in the kitchen while you and the family eat dinner. It will love being included within your family activities.