Things To Remember When You Take Your Bird Home
by: Gary T. Reid, Sunrise Aviary Exotic Birds
You are now the proud parent of a new bird.
Here are some things to remember when you take your bird home:
- CAGE:Spacious, big enough for full body wing span and extension. Wire floor so food and droppings go through to tray below. Use plain newspaper, shavings or bedding in tray. Keep seed cup, water cup and tray cleaned often. Perches can be plastic or natural wood. (Preferably Dogwood) Avoid placing perches over the food cups. Don't use sandpaper perches, but concrete are acceptable.
- FOOD-WATER:Fresh seed or pellets and water daily. Feed variety of vegetables, dark greens and fruit. Suggestions: beans, sweet potatoes, corn, carrots, kale, oranges, apples (minus seeds), bananas, pasta, etc. Whole grain breads, dry cereals such as cheerios, rice puffs, chexs, millet, etc. Food does not have to be cooked. NEVER feed chocolate. NEVER leave soft foods in the cage overnight.
- TOYS:Toys are highly recommended! Chewable toys of wood, rawhide are acceptable. Avoid toys with weak clips, lead weights, small beads or rings the bird could get their head caught in. Activity for your bird helps release boredom.
- LOCATION:Place your bird in a traffic area so they will feel a part of the family activity. Never on the floor, in direct sun beams, over a heating unit or air conditioning unit or any location where the bird can reach out and chew curtains, plants, or wood. Normal comfortable room temperature is sufficient. Avoid extremes such as drafts. Some cooking odors are harmful to birds.
- Keep wings clipped to prevent outdoor escapes.
- Remember...clipped wings are defenseless against other pets.
- Avoid ceiling fans, stoves or open doors, if you choose not to clip your bird.
- Allow your bird to adjust to their new home and give lots of TLC. (Tender Love and Care)
- Read all you can and do what works best for you and your pet.
- Regular professional health examinations are recommended.
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