Birds How To
Establishing a happy relationship with one's pet bird requires insight into its unique characteristics and needs. Many budding hobbyists make the mistake of bringing home a bird that catches their eye, not knowing that it has special dietary requirement or that it is extremely noisy. As with any pet, learn as much as you can about bird before making the leap to bird ownership. Certain personal and lifestyle factors have to be considered. How much upfront cost (for cage and other set up materials) and ongoing costs (for bird food, veterinary care, and toys) can you afford? For beginner hobbyists, small to medium-sized, hand-raised birds are a good start as they are less expensive and are generally easier to handle. For those who don't have much time to spend interacting and caring with their pet bird on a daily basis, canaries and finches are good options. What is the noise level of birds you can tolerate? If you don't like noise, then you should stay away from cockatoos and macaws. A good aviculture book can give you insight into the particularities and characteristics of different bird species.
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