Here at Absolute Pets, our range of products for birds is growing. There is a huge amount to learn when it comes to caring for birds at home so we hope to cover the basics below.
With thanks to Dr Bernice van Huyssteen from the Cape Exotic Animal Hospital for sharing her expertise, as well as Hendrik Louw from the World of Birds and Monkey Sanctuary and Dee Hendriks from Brainy Birds, Parrot Rescue and Rehabilitation.
1. Research your bird’s exact needs.
Every type of bird has different needs, from their environment through to their diet so be sure to consult experts so that you know you are giving your pet bird everything to lead a healthy and happy life.
2. Invest in the right diet.
The ideal diet varies between different species but, generally speaking, a good pet bird diet should be varied (pellets and fresh produce). See our full range of pet bird food here. You will see there is breed-specific food for Parrots, Budgies, Cockatiels and more. You can also feed a little fruit such as pawpaw, apples*, bananas or grapes. (*Make sure to avoid apple seeds as these are toxic.)
3. Steer clear of toxic foods and plants.
Not all food (including fruits and veggies) are safe for birds. Some food can be toxic. Amongst others, steer well clear of: onions, tomatoes, avocados, mushrooms, lettuce, uncooked beans or legumes. Also, research plants that may be poisonous for your bird (and which you may unwittingly have in your home).
4. Feed sunflower seeds in moderation.
Sunflower seeds can be offered as a treat but shouldn’t be your bird's main diet. They must be high quality, preferably human grade seeds. Soaking the seeds and allowing them to sprout is a good way to make them an extra healthy addition to their feed, but first find out all you can about appropriate soaking techniques to reduce the risk of disease transmission.
5. Stick to a routine.
Believe it or not, pet birds will thrive with a routine, especially when it comes to bed time. Cover your bird's cage once the sun has gone down, this should keep your bird peaceful until sunrise.
6. Keep their cage clean.
Keeping your bird’s cage clean is critical for their health. Make sure to clean it twice-weekly and give it a thorough clean once a month, but be careful which products you use (do not use human cleaning products). F10Sc is recommended.
7. Look for signs of a stressed bird.
When birds pluck out their feathers it can be a sign of stress, for example, a change in environment or introduction of a new pet. It can also be a sign of an underlying disease so should be medically investigated.
8. Buy your pet bird some toys.
Some birds love playing with toys – it stops them getting bored, depressed or stressed. See our full range of pet bird toys here.
9. Remember birds are very social!
Pet birds are very social animals and enjoy being in an environment where they will receive lots of love and attention. Spend some time talking to your bird and bonding with your feathered companion.
10. Consult the experts.
Lastly, some birds have very specific requirements from a feeding and care point of view. There are vets who specialise in bird care so we highly recommend seeking out an expert who can help guide you.
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