While a bird is an easy pet to care for, they do require just as much commitment and preparation as any other type of pet. Whether you are buying a small parakeet or an large parrot, you should make sure that you are prepared to care for your new feathered friend properly.
One thing that all pets, including birds need is attention. If your schedule has you working long hours and not spending much time at home, perhaps you should consider a fish tank instead of a bird. A bird cannot be left in itís cage alone all time and still be expected to be friendly on odd days when you feel like playing with it. Some birds require more interaction than others, but they are social creatures and need you to set aside some time each day to play with them. You can use this time to teach them tricks and strengthen bond between you.
When considering bringing a bird into your home, you must think about safety of your new pet. Are there other pets in house that could be threatening to bird? Are there tiny nooks and crannies that a bird could get into and hurt himself? Do other members of your family leave windows and doors open where bird could fly out and be lost? All these things must be considered for safety of your new pet
The purchase and placement of his cage is another consideration. You must buy a cage that is right size for your bird. Many parrots become quite adept at opening their own cage doors so you should consider how easy cage is to break out of. The cage should be made out of a safe material and have bars spaced in such a way that bird cannot get his head stuck in between them. There should be no sharp edges and their should be appropriate food and water dishes as well as perches inside cage. Cages can be expensive, but donít skimp on this as it is your pets new home!
Before you buy cage, consider where you will be keeping it. It is best if cage can be in a quiet corner but near family activities as your bird really wants to be part of family. You should keep it out of direct sunlight, and away from any drafts or anywhere that could have a sudden change in temperature like in front of heater or air conditions. Avoid placing cage in kitchen as fumes and hot surfaces can be hazardous. Be aware that fumes from nonstick pans can be deadly to a pet bird, so make sure you get rid of all your non stick pans before bringing your bird home. Of course, you will want to keep cage out of path of traffic so you need to buy a cage that is appropriate size for your bird as well as right size to fit in intended area.