So you’ve really been wanting to adopt a pet bird, but you’re not quite sure how to take care of one.  Sure they are cute, but we want you to look beyond the feathers. Birds require specific care and your friend was right– they can be extremely messy.  Is adopting a pet bird right for you and your lifestyle? We’ve put together a list to help you decide if a pet bird is right for you!

Birds Are Not Domesticated

Unlike cats and dogs, a pet bird is a non-domesticated animal. You’ll invest a lot of time taming your bird. However, it’s possible to adopt one already tamed but it doesn’t mean it will be on its best behavior after moving in with you. It will take time and active bonding for the bird to start listening and respecting you. Eventually your pet bird will acknowledge you as it’s owner.

Say Goodbye to Smell-Good Items

Most birds have extremely sensitive respiratory systems. This means they can’t breathe in fumes including the scents coming from candles, air fresheners or room sprays.  However, most pet stores will have air fresheners that are safe and approved for bird owners!

Expect to Be Bothered By Noise

As a means to communicate, birds tend to chirp, scream, and sing on a daily basis. Some birds can talk, but typically from dusk until dawn, your bird will be making noise. Invest in ear plugs if your pet is very vocal or keep your bird in a secluded area away from your bedrooom. Unless you want to  be up all night!

Buttons and Shiny Things Don’t Mix Well With Birds

Birds become 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

You either have to accept this, or research other pet options. Best case scenario, your bird will only add a little extra clean up to your plate.  However, we want to be transparent that your feathered friend may have the potential to create a disaster zone in and around the cage. Seed hulls, feathers and other debris will collect on a daily basis so we recommend having a vacuum in close reach at all times.

A Natural Alarm Clock

Birds are early risers. When the sun comes up, they’re ready to start their day (whether you are or not). If you’re a light sleeper or not a morning person, you’ll definitely want to keep your pet bird away from your bedroom. Otherwise, you have an alarm clock in your house that you can’t snooze!

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. When used, Teflon cookware releases an odorless and colorless fume. These fumes can be fatal to your pet bird, especially parrots. Getting a pet bird is an investment, and we recommend that you take all the necessary steps to keep it healthy to prevent emergency trips to the vet. Stainless steel, ceramic or cast iron cookware are great options and won’t compromise the health of your bird.

Many Birds Are Not Social

The most amount of social interaction that your bird will get will probably come from the pictures that you post on social media sites. Other than that, don’t expect your bird to be a social butterfly. Even when tamed, getting used to other people takes some time. If you have children, family or roommates in your home, each person will need to bond separately with the bird and establish their own relationship. This will ensure your bird is accustom to all residents in the home.

Get Ready to Get Rid of Houseplants

If you have houseplants, there’s a good chance that you’ll need to toss, rehome or replace them. Most houseplants can be toxic to your pet bird, so you’ll definitely want research which species you can keep. If your plants are non toxic to birds, it is crucial that you establish early on that the plants are off limits! Birds are curious and sometimes mischievous when unsupervised. Your pet may not respect the time and effort you take to be a good plant parent!

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 (think jungles to savannas in the wild). In your home, the more room they have, the better. D 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 for this. The outside area should be enclosed, like an screen in patio or sun room. Supervise your bird at all times and make sure to keep them away from other animals, like 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.

About The Author Whitney Cann

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