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    Caring for Pet Birds

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Many people keep pet birds and they make up a huge proportion of the pets kept in the UK. Owning a pet bird can be great fun and by far the most common birds to be kept as pet birds in the UK are budgies and canaries(finches). Pet bird care will vary depending on the type of pet bird you have but there are some basics that apply to keeping all pet birds. Read on to find out more about pet bird care. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Pet Bird Care: The Basics

    • Every pet bird will need a cage to live in, the size of the pet bird cage will obviously vary depending on the type of pet bird you have but a good idea is to buy the largest cage you realistically can. All cages for pet birds must allow the animal to fully spread its wings and to hop around from perch to perch. The minimum size cage for a pet budgie is roughly 20”Wx12”Hx12”D but something like an African Grey or a Macaw will require something much larger.
    • All pet birds should have perches of varying sizes in their cages to allow them to exercise their feet but members of the parrot family (including budgies) are very intelligent and require mental stimulation in the form of regular and plentiful human contact, companionship with another bird, or in the form of toys. There are lots of bird accessories for sale for all types of pet birds.
    • An essential part of pet bird care is diet. All pet birds need different things from their diet but the essentials for every pet bird include seeds or grain mix as well as fresh fruit and vegetables coupled with a plentiful supply of water. Cuttlebone is a necessity for nearly all types of pet birds as it is an excellent source of calcium. It is worth noting that things like chocolate, avocado onions amongst other things are poisonous to birds.
    • Where you put pet bird cages is important to the mental well being of pet birds. All birds will want to feel part of the family, especially parrot type birds so you should place the pet bird cage somewhere with constant family activity and make an effort to include the pet bird in the family. Cages should be kept away from draughts or sources of noticeable temperature changes (like radiators). An important part of pet bird care is to keep the pet bird away from the kitchen, Teflon pans give off a gas that is poisonous to birds.
    • All pet birds should be allowed a couple of hours out of their cage everyday so that they can exercise and explore their surroundings to keep them mentally stimulated. If you have the chance, you could build an outdoor aviary to provide plenty of exercise.
    • With proper pet bird food and exercise, there is no reason why pet birds shouldn’t have long and happy lives and be an excellent addition to the home.
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