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.

Finding Birds

Bird Breeder: There are two types of bird breeders: the commercial bird breeder and the hobbyist. Commercial bird breeders are those who breed birds on a mass scale, then sell them wholesale to pet stores or individuals. While most commercial breeders put great care into the health of their livestock, they rarely interact or socialize with birds. As a result, bonding with birds from this kind of...


Most Popular Pet Birds

Lovebirds: Lovebirds are small, intelligent birds of the parrot species. They are small and quiet, making them ideal companions for people who live in townhouses or apartments or who don't want to live with a noisy companion. The average life span of a lovebird is 20 years. Cockatiels: These Australian natives know how to whistle, talk, and mimic some sounds (e.g. cat meow, ringing of a telephon...


Choosing Birds

Lifespan: The first thing you want to consider is the lifespan of a bird and how long you're willing to care for it. Generally speaking, the bigger the bird, the longer it lives. If you're looking for a lifetime companion, birds such as cockatoos and macaws have a lifespan of 50 to 65 years! Cockatiels, love birds, doves, and pigeons have about the same lifespan as dogs - 20 years. Canaries and...


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