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Getting a New Pet Bird: A Beginner's Guide

Getting a New Pet Bird: A Beginner's Guide

by Charlie Plaza

Bringing a new pet bird into your home can be a rewarding experience. To some, exotic birds and parrots call their attention by the rainbow of colored feathers, ability to talk or simply their inquisitive personalities that make parrots an incredible pet to own. But, before we dig into what a new pet needs to live a happy, healthy life, it is important to talk about things to consider before you actually obtain a new bird.

Remember, there are more than 10,000 different species of birds. It is extremely important to choose wisely because birds range in size, small like a parakeet to a large birds like macaws. Some are very quiet like a parrotlet Vs. very loud like a cockatoo. Some require a high quality seed diet that is easily accessible vs. others require nectar or fresh foods that may be a challenge for the average family to provide multiple times a day. So, bottom line: It is imperative that careful consideration is given when choosing the right bird for you and your family.

Now, to the main topic for this post. To ensure your new feathered friend is happy and healthy, here are the basics you need to know:

1. Cage Size

Choose a cage that provides ample space for your bird to move around, stretch its wings, and play. The cage should be large enough to accommodate perches, toys, and food and water dishes without the bird touching any bird cage components.

2. Food

Provide your bird with a balanced diet that includes a variety of seeds, pellets, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Make sure to research the specific dietary needs of your bird species.

3. Toys

Offer a variety of toys to keep your bird mentally stimulated and physically active. Toys like swings, bells, and puzzles can help prevent boredom and encourage natural behaviors. This is extremely important because the bird will be spending most of it's life in the cage.

4. Supplements

Consult with a veterinarian to determine if your bird requires any additional supplements to maintain optimal health. Common supplements include calcium and vitamin D3.

5. Supplies

  • Perches of various sizes and textures to help the birds feet exercise

  • Food and water dishes that are easy to clean such as ceramic or stainless steel

  • Cage liners or bedding such as pine pellets or unscented paper pellets

  • Grooming supplies (such as nail clippers and a bird-safe shampoo)

  • First aid kit for birds

By providing the right environment, diet, and care, you can ensure that your new pet bird thrives in its new home. Remember to give your bird plenty of attention, love, and social interaction to build a strong bond and create a happy, healthy relationship.

At we pride ourselves in the way we breed the best quality birds, hand feed and hand rear baby birds and socialize the same to ensure you get the best possible companion pet bird for years to come. Check out our large selection of babies by visiting our website. We are located in Orlando, FL for local pick up or we can ship all over the USA except Alaska and Hawaii. For more information, use the Contact Us page.

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