Birds FAQs

Birds make great companions, but they are not for everyone. Depending on species, a bird can be annoyingly noisy or requiring of regular mental stimulation. Some birds can be trained to talk, but they can be destructive, too. There are several factors to be considered before making the jump into bird ownership. Anyone interested in keeping birds for pet has a lot of things to learn with regards to bird characteristics and care requirements. Each bird species has its own noise level, living space requirement, diet, sociability, trainability, and messiness - all of these have to be factored in before purchasing a particular species. Personal factors then have to be taken into account. How much noise can you tolerate? What are the costs involved in keeping a pet bird, and can you afford them? Birds can be trained to do perform certain tasks, too, such as stepping up onto your finger or waving. There are various resources that provide step-by-step instructions on how to acclimatize and train pet birds.

Should I buy a weaned bird or an unweaned bird?

Some breeders argue that unweaned birds will bond better with their new owners than weaned birds, but this is not the case. Weaned birds will bond readily with people if their breeder handled and interacted with them frequently after they were weaned. Only birds that lacked interaction from their breeders are skittish and difficult to tame or handle. Unweaned baby birds are predisposed to many p...


My bird is plucking its feathers - is this natural?

In the wild, a bird plucking its feathers can mean many things. It could be part of the bird’s preening or grooming routine. Some species pluck their feathers to line their nests during breeding season. With captive or pet birds, it’s a different story: plucking of feathers could mean health or environmental problems. Bring your pet bird to an avian vet to determine if it has a healt...


Can I feed my pet bird with "human foods"?

There’s no problem if you share your food with your pet bird. In fact, "human foods" tend to be more nutritious than commercially prepared pet foods! The best foods to give pet birds are fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables. In fact, fruits and vegetables should make up 25% of your pet’s diet. If they are organically grown, you can give the fruits with their skin on. I...


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