Birds as Pets

The value of birds as pets

Birds can become our friends.

They bring nature into our homes.

They entertain and relax us.

They help us to overcome loneliness.

Humans admire and appreciate birds for:

their sociability,

their charm,

their cheerfulness and playfulness,

their good-nature,

their inquisitiveness and playful nature  and

their capability to talk.

Some parrots can be wonderful pets, but there are also birds that are not so good.

Keep the following in mind before buying a bird as a pet:

  1. The size of the bird
  2. The prize your are prepared to pay
  3. The space where the bird will be kept
  4. The responsibility and maintenance
  5. The reason why a bird is purchased and
  6. Vet bills.

The following bird species are ideal as pets, but are not the only options:

Smaller Birds:

Budgies

They are ideal as pets, because they are:

easy to maintain,

surprisingly intelligent,

make soft noises that are not irritating,

easy to teach to talk when they get individual attention   and

satisfied with small spaces.

Lovebirds

They are beautiful, colorful birds and real miniature parrots.  They can entertain their owners for hours on end when they are in a cage with a lot of safe toys to keep them busy.  They are not that fond of being cuddled, but some that are hand raised are good pets.  They have a moderate memory and it is not easy to teach them to talk.

Medium size Birds:

Conures can range from small to reasonable large birds.  They are beautiful birds, but are well known for being noisy.  The Sun Conure is well known for its pet quality and is the most popular choice.  There is a Conure for every one’s taste.  Some are good talkers, others are cuddlers and some are just beautiful to keep.

Senegals, Meyers and Jardines

These parrots are African species.  They are small with a short tail, intelligent and easy to handle.  It is better to get a young hand raised parrot.  Wild birds are cheaper but difficult to tame.

Miniature Macaws

They are bigger than Senegals, Meyers and Jardines. Their tails are longer which make them look bigger than what they really are.  They are intelligent, funny and love doing tricks.

Big Birds:

This category includes Amazons, African Greys, Cockatoos, Eclectus etc.

Cockatoos

Are being very demanding.  Highly intelligent and want lots of attention.  They can be on their own for long periods but when getting little attention they can pluck their feathers. This behavior is very difficult to change.  If you got lots of time on your hands they are wonderful pets.

Eclectus

There are a lot of different views of having them as pets.  Some owners say they are excellent pets and others don’t like them as pets.  In appearance and attitude they differ from specie to specie.  The two sexes also differ in attitude.

African Greys

They are very popular pets because they talk very good.  It is also better to buy a hand raised African Grey than a wild one as a pet.

Amazons

There are also a wide variety of Amazons.  A lot of pet owners prefer Amazons and are very fond of them.  They are ideal pets, because they are loving, talk good, but are a little noisy.  However in breeding season they tend to get aggressive and must be handled with caution.

Very big Parrots

Hiasinth, Blue-and-Gold, Scarlet and Millitary Macaws as well as Greater Sulpher-Crested, Moluccan and Umbrella Cockatoos are examples in this category.  An owner must do his homework before buying these birds as pets.  Because of their seize they are high maintenance.

Birds change as they grow older and changing of seasons also determines their behavior.  As they grow older they might change from cuddlesome to aggressive.  They can also become jealous and nasty with other members of the family and start to injure themselves.

Sometimes a big cage is not good enough for this seize birds and they prefer playpens and avi-gyms.  A lot of toys are needed to stimulate them.  They are highly intelligent and destroy toys easily.  Make sure that the toys are of a good quality so that they don’t hurt themselves.

When buying a bird as a pet, keep the following in mind:

  1. Find an avian vet.
  2. Talk to your avian vet about a health plan and diet.
  3. Buy only hand raised birds from a reputable breeder or pet shop.
  4. Follow the instructions of the breeder or pet shop owner closely – if possible for up to 1 year after purchase.
  5. The bird must come with a health report from a vet.
  6. Buy the correct cage for the seize bird you are buying.
  7. Buy good quality toys.
  8. Make sure everybody in the house knows how to handle and care for the bird.
  9. Get all the information you can how to handle and care for the bird.
  10. When a problem arises know exactly who to contact and who to consult with.
  11. Consider joining a medical aid for birds.
  12. Visit your avian vet on a regular basis to maintain your bird’s health.


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