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Choosing A Bird As A Pet

Updated on April 30, 2016

Pet Birds

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Making the right choice

Choosing a bird for a pet may seem simple. However, there are many different types of birds to choose from. Some are very colorful and eye-catching, but may have an attitude that is hard to deal with. Others may just want to sit there and look pretty and be too flighty to handle. Other birds want to be handled and need a companion. Choosing the right bird depends on a lot of different circumstances.

Picking the Right Bird

Breeders

When choosing where to buy your new bird from, look for a reputable pet store that buys from good breeders. Some stores buy from breeders that have poor breeding practices which can produce a bird with poor health conditions in the long run. Good breeders also work with their birds to help them to be more social and ready for their new owner.

When possible, meet with the breeder and look at where they are raised. The cages should be kept clean and not overcrowded. Birds should look healthy. The breeder should show an interest in the birds and not treat them as just a source of income. Ask questions to determine if it is the right breeder, or breed, for you. You may decide that the bird you wanted isn't going to be a good fit for the family. Some birds need a lot of attention from their owners and won't be happy if nobody is home during the day. Other birds are happier in a cage left alone than with people handling them.

Zebra Finch

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Finches

Finches are an independent type of bird that does not like to be handled.They are very active birds that are constantly jumping and moving around in their cage. Finches are a social bird and need to be with their own kind. So it is suggested to buy more then one bird at a time. But the size of the cage should determine the number of the birds. To many birds in one cage can cause fighting and unrest and may breed disease.

While they chatter often, they have a quiet sound that is pleasant. This quality makes it easy to have them in apartments where neighbors would get grumpy with other types of animals. There are several types of finches that offer an assortment of color to choose from. The most commonly sold are the zebra finches.

Housing should include a horizontal cage that gives them room for flying. Since they don't like to come out of a cage to be handled, they deserve to have space to move around in. Ensure that the spacing of the bars is meant for small birds and not larger parrots or you will have finches flying around the house.

Parakeet

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Parakeets or Budgies

These birds are good for gentle children to care for. They are timid at first. After a few weeks, they will adjust to their new surroundings. Parakeets can be good companions for those willing to work with them. Some of them are even taught to speak, as well.

Parakeets and budgies are actually two different types of birds. Parakeets (American Budgies) are often seen in pet stores in America, while English Budgies are typically found in other countries. Budgies are larger than parakeets . Both are well-known for the many colors they come in. These birds are louder than finches but quieter than larger parrrots or exotic birds. Hand-tamed parakeets are the easiest to bring home to children who want to handle them. Their bite can really hurt and frighten a child from trying to handle the bird later on. They are inexpensive compared to most birds and live to approximately 15 years of age when properly cared for.

Pigeon

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Farm birds

People are choosing farm birds that as pets. People who have the room are keeping ducks, chickens, geese, pigeons and more. The main issue with these types of animals is city laws. Many cities do not allow any farm animals at all. Some will allow them as long as they are quite and well cared for. Pigeons are one of those that many are choosing as pets due to the low level of noise. It makes them ideal birds to have in an ouside aviary. Muscovy ducks are also quiet birds and they don't fly. While they like to play in water, it isn't necessary to have them in water. This makes them at home in almost any yard. Chickens need a little more space but are great for providing enough eggs for a small family. They are easy to care for and are quite happy without human contact. However, some can become attached to their owners when handled from a young chick. Geese are much louder, but provide eggs, eat pests in the yard, and signal when someone is approaching much like a watch dog.

Choosing a Pet Bird

Summary

No matter what type of bird is chosen, a pet needs considerable care. Choosing any animal as a pet takes careful consideration. Birds require care specific to their breed as much as any other animal. Even medical attention may be needed at some point in time. Many birds live a long life and will need care if they outlive the owner. Think about what is best for the bird before making a decision.

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