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How To Feed And Care For a Pet Bird

Introduction

If you're about to embark upon the adventure of owning a pet bird or you have recently brought a feathery friend, there are a few things that you should be aware of in relation to their care needs. Birds require specific care and food in order to thrive in their new environment and we in this article will supply that important information.

Step 1

First off what should you feed your bird so it receives the best nutrition possible. Also you should make sure you have all its food before you buy the bird itself. Birds can eat a wide range of different types of food but a consist part of there diet is a seed mix purchased from a pet shop. This seed mix should be designed for your specific type of bird eg if you got a parrot try to acquire parrot seed mix. The mix itself is a combination of different nutritious seeds, and sometimes the addition of pellets. Pellets are a vital part of a birds diet as they normally contain protein. Fresh fruit and vegetable are also an essential part of the birds daily diet, they should be added to their cage on a daily basis. Items which should never be included in a birds diet are chocolate, onions, apple seeds, and avocados; these food items can cause illness and even death in you pet bird.

Step 2

A mineral supplement is a sensible item to include in a birds diet, and is essential for egg laying females. The forms that this mineral comes in is normally a cuttlefish or a mineral block. This should be added to the cage and replaced whenever it is required. Cuttlefish and mineral blocks also aid in keeping the birds beak in top condition.

Step 3

Make sure that the food and water containers are kept clean at all times. This can be ensured by discarding old food and water on a daily basis, rinsing out the birds food containers, drying them thoroughly and them replenishing them with fresh food and water. 

Step 4

The birds feather and claws will require a regular clipping. This can be attempted at home without any professional aid, but it can be quite difficult as birds dislike this task and will cause a fuss. Bringing you bird to a pet shop or bird groomer may be the best option to get it done quickly and professionally. 

Step 5

Your birds cage and environment should be well supplied with suitable perches and stimulating games. Round and oval wood perches are quite possible the most used variant of perch though small plastic ones are suitable for small bird breeds. Make sure that they have a perch next to their food and water containers so that they can easily access it. Toys are a fun addition to a bird cage and will dispel any tendencies for the bird to develop boredom. The toys can come in a wide range of colours, textures, smells and sounds, in the effect to captivate all the birds senses. 

Tips

  • Make sure you clean out the bird cage at least fortnightly and the food and water containers daily. 
  • Birds need social interaction so before you buy a bird ascertain whether or not you are able to fulfull this requirement. 

Sources and Citations

http://www.globalanimal.org/2012/01/03/caring-for-your-pets-what-to-feed-your-bird/30727/

http://www.rockportroost.com/Newbird.htm

By Athena Rhodes, published at 03/01/2012
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