It is best to get a very
young bird. Training will be easier on both of you. I really believe it is better to
purchase your bird from a breeder. Check out your local Aviaries and see how the birds are
Let the bird
pick you. No joke! If you pick out a bird that you like, it don't mean it will like you.
There is nothing worst then getting a bird that dislikes you. Birds have personalities as
we do. They pick out people they like and they may be aggressive or shy
away from someone they dont like.
Always have your bird Vet
checked at least once a year. It's amazing how folks have their car checked out
regularly, but totally ignore their bird!
Be sure you get the proper
size cage. It should be large enough for your bird to get some exercise their
Birds love to play with
toys! Load up on lots of them.
Large birds like to
chew. Unless you want to replace wooden perches every other week, get some wooden
blocks. Hang them on chains and the birds will love them!
Keep your bird's wings
clipped. If you are going to have it for a pet you don't want him finding out what a
ceiling fan feels like. It's not uncommon for a bird to get out of it's cage and
fly out an open door or window. If a bird gets loose out side you may never
get it back. (We have had it happen to us before.) Other dangers are flying into
windows, or into the kitchen where you are cooking on hot stoves. We have had some
close calls there too. There are pros and cons about wing clipping, but our birds
have to be clipped. I am not taking any chances on loosing one again.
Pay attention to your bird's
eating habits and behavior. Watch for changes. When a bird gets sick nature forces them to
hide their illnesses. But the time the bird shows that it is sick, it may be too late to
get it medical help.
It important that you carry
info on you that would tell an emergency official that you have a bird or birds at home
that need some one to check on them. It would be terrible to be in a bad accident
and no one knows you have pets at home depending on you.
You should always have
arrangements made for someone to take are care for your bird should you die. It isn't a
pleasant thought but remember that bigger birds have a long life span, and you want to
make sure that you do have someone who will love and care for your bird as you do!
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