Bird’s First Day Home

Bird’s First Day Home

Expecting your new bird home?

So after putting a lot of thought and research to it, you have decided on your Perfect Match. And it’s time to bring your new feathered friend home.

 

Adding a New member to the family can be pretty exciting for us. However, to our pets, moving day is probably one of the most stressful days these animals have to go through. So, as a responsible companion, we should do our best to ease this transitional phase as much as we can to our beloved pets.
And making them feel at home, is a bit different when it comes to birds.

When dealing with cats and dogs, whose ancestors have been new Bird first day home_Petsoholictamed for millions of generations, is one thing. But with birds… It’s a whole different story. And chances of anxiety are even higher if the bird’s adopted or have been mistreated before.

These first few days with your bird are very important in establishing your relationship. And thus, we have to be prepared beforehand.

I. Preparations:

1. Bird Proof your home/ bird’s room:

I can’t stress enough how important it is to bird proof your home or your bird’s room. If you just try to google how much stories and accidents birds owners tell. You would know why this is extremely crucial for your birds safety.

Some plants are toxic to birds, so make sure you do your research and remove any toxic plants.

Make sure all windows are closed. And make sure to close your lovebirds-pettsoholic_Bird's first day homecurtains to avoid crashing accidents. Because birds brains cannot comprehend the concept of “Glass walls” on their own.

Make sure the stove, fans, air conditioners and any machine that could potentially harm your bird is off and far away from the bird’s room.

Don’t use any air fresheners, bugs sprays, perfumes, toxic fumes, or basically anything that could potentially harm our respiratory system as “humans” for even 1% around your birds.
Because, their respiratory systems are extremely sensitive, and many of these things could not just harm them, but may actually kill your birds.

Remove any Electrical wires, sharp objects, mirrors, and any other object that birds could chew on or crash into and harm themselves.

Remove any wooden item you care about. Birds, and more specifically parrots just love to chew things. And their favorite choice is always wood. So remove any wooden or basically any item that you really care for away from your birds, and make sure you place several chewing toys for them instead.

 

2. Preparing the Cage:

Assuming you have already done your research, chose your matching bird, and the proper cage size for him. Now the first thing you need to do is; to prepare the cage your bird is going to be settling in.
Buy the right food, perches, bird stand and toys for your bird’s specific breed, and have them ready inside the cage.

It’s important to; ask the previous owner or the bird’s shop about his diet. Because sudden changes could cause digestive problems and even more stress. However, you can always change up your bird’s diet slowly if you think his current diet is not very healthy for him.

 

 3. Cage Placement:

No matter what type of bird you’re bringing home, there are certain common rules to placing their cages.
Now where should you place the cage?

‣ Ideally, you should place the cage in a room where the family spends most of their time. However, if you have a toddler or another pet, then you should place the cage in a quieter room specially for the first few days until the bird is less anxious and starts to get to know and trust you enough. Then you can move the cage.

‣ Place the cage on a higher ground.
Birds are prey animals. So in the wild they tend to feel safer standing at the highest points of the trees, where no animals could reach them, and they can see everything. The closer they are to the ground, the more stressed and vulnerable they can feel. So place the cage at the highest place you can.

Place the cage against a wall.
At least one side of the cage should be leaning to a wall. This will automatically give the birds a less space to be examining for predators. Which will make them less stressful.

Don’t place the cage in the kitchen. Even though, this is a popular choice to many people. However, birds respiratory system is very sensitive and all the fumes from the stove, cooking and cleaning materials can be very harmful to your birds. Needless to say, the  number of dangerous things that are placed in there like; knives and other sharp objects.

Don’t place the cage in a balcony or outdoors, unless you are sitting there with them. Because again, parrots are  animals, and placing a cage in such places can attract a lot of predators like hawks, eagles, cats and so many others. And the bird being in a cage, cannot defend himself or even fly away, will probably be eaten.

II. Settling in:

It’s important to Remember that, Birds are prey animals. And the way you approach your bird will decide whether he should see you as an enemy, or a flock member.

1. The Ride Home:

As humans, our first instinct to comfort things is to interact and talk to them.

Don’t talk to your bird on the ride home. Warning on Google Android 8.0

After meeting your bird for the first time, place him in his travel cage, get him in your car and drive home.
Don’t talk to him on the ride home, and don’t try to calm him down with your voice, or to tell him how excited you are to take him home.

I know you’re probably gonna wanna talk to your bird, but It’s very important to remember again how much he is traumatized right now.And this will probably be the first time he’s hearing your voice.
So, don’t let their brain link your voice to stressful emotion, and later on, every-time he hear your voice, his brain will give him the same signals it gave him under stress.

You always want to create positive mind links between you and your bird.

Personally, when I bring home a new bird, I like turning on some soft soothing music in a very low volume, close the windows, and drive home.

 

2. Arriving Home:

It’s very important to avoid any enthusiastic, loud voices and sudden movements with or around the bird when he arrives home.

Place him in his new cage, and try not to hold him if possible. Just open the travel cage door in-front of his main cage, and let him fly in on his own.
It’s very important from the first day, to let your bird know that he is not going to be forced into anything.

‣ Don’t try to hold him as soon as you come home, or place your fingers through his cage.
I know how much you will want to hold your bird, and give him lots and lots of kisses… And you will get there, just not yet.

‣ Talk to him in soothing calm voice, sing and read to him. Let him hear and learn your voice and let him see you.
Allow him to get to know you from a distance, and slowly move closer and closer as your relationship evolves.
Respect your bird’s boundaries so you don’t break the circle of trust between you.

‣ Moreover, sometimes a bird will refuse to eat on his/her first day because they’re very nervous. But that’s okay. So don’t panic, Just comfort him, give him some space and let him settle in.

 

Interacting with the bird – The First couple of days:

For the next few day, let him see you going about, talk to him, and talk in-front of him. Yet,  give him some space to see you and your family.

NEVER approach your bird from behind, or take him by surprise. But rather, approach him from the front and don’t look directly into his/her eyes.

At this point, the bird is getting to know you and understand your routines and behaviors, just as you are getting to know his. So open his cage door, and just go about with your life.

Change his food and water regularly while talking to him in  a calm voice and observing his body language.

The Most Important thing in any relationship is trust. Gain your Bird’s trust, and you get a long, happy life with an amazing, and affectionate Companion…

However, depending on your bird’s personality and the bird’s breed, let him go by his own pace, and your relationship with him will evolve one day at a time.

 

Never take it personally

Birds are very smart and moody. And it’s totally normal to have a certain progress with your birds, but then someone makes a mistake, and tomorrow his back to stage 1 in your relationship.
So just give it time, depending on where he came from, how he was treated before and some other genetic details…

Some birds would take a few days to tame, while other may take up to a year or more. Just be patient and give them a lot of your time, and lots and lots of unconditional love. 

 

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Cockatiels Care 101

Cockatiels Care 101

Basic Information:

Commonly known as: Cockatiels, Quarians and Weiros.
Scientific name:
Nymphicus hollandicus
Origin: Australia
Average lifespan: 10 – 14 years (Wild), Up to 20 years (In Captivity)
Size: 30 – 33 cm (Adult)

 

 


So, What is a Cockatiel?

Known for their bright-colored peachy cheeks, crown feathers, beautiful voice, friendly, and very gentle nature.
These beautiful parrots come in as the second most popular pet birds world-wide, right after “budgies“.

These little cockatoos, seem to attract so many people to their homes.
However, they can be very messy. They need daily care and attention. And it is essential that they get to spend time outside their cage everyday.

 


Common Characteristics:

CockatielsCockatiels are a great choice for a beginner pet bird owner. Even-though i totally disagree with the term “starter pet”, but they are a great choice for beginners, since they are generally easier to train.

Cockatiels are very social, friendly, gentle and playful birds, specially if they were hand tamed. They have so many colors variations, and they can bond really well with their owners.
Moreover, they love lovee loveeee to chew (as most parrots are). In the wild, parrots most of their day searching for food, so you need to give them lots of foraging toys to keep them mentally stimulated, and give them toys they can shew on, preferably wood toys.

These amazing birds can live up to 20 years. So, if  you’re thinking about getting one, you need to make sure that you are up to such long-term commitment, and that you’ll be able to provide them with their forever home, and give them the best quality of life they deserve.

Shower these bird with love and attention, and you will get will have a bond that lasts for the rest of their lives ?

As a general rule, males tend to be more curious, vocal and easier to tame and train than females, since females instinct is more defensive.

 

Color Variations:

They have so many colors, but we can categorize them into 11 main color mutations:

[one-third-first]1. Grey Tiels,
2. Pearl Tiels,
3. Pied Tiels,
4. Cinnamon Tiels,[/one-third-first]
[one-third]5. Lutino Tiels,
6. Fallow Tiels,
7. Dominant Yellow Cheeck Tiels,[/one-third]
[one-third]8. White Face Tiels,
9. White Face Tiels,
10. Recessive Silver,
11. Pastel Face Tiels.[/one-third]
However, each of these variations have multiple color mutations.

 

Vocalization:

These parrots have such beautiful voices. They can mimic their owners tunes, and come up with their own.
However, males are the true singers of this specie, while females are more on, since males use their voice as a mating call. And it’s really amazing how much different tones can these birds create.
Although some can learn to mimic a few words. However, they are not very good talkers.


How to choose a Cockatiel?P_Cockatiel

Choosing your Cockatiel is very crucial. And finding a reliable place to get your bird is very important. Nothing is sadder than bringing home a new bird, just to watch him die a few weeks later. And it gets even more complicated if you have other birds.

If you are a beginner – Make sure your get a Cockatiel that is already tamed, and preferably hand-fed.


Here’s your checklist:

1. When you go to get your bird, make sure you go in the early morning, or at the evening right before the sun set. These are the times that birds are mostly vocal and active, so it makes it easier to choose a healthy bird.

2. Look for a young, weaned bird.

3. Make sure the bird is tamed, and observe how the breeder handles the bird. Cockatiels are very smart little cockatoos. If the breeder handles the bird too roughly, and the bird gets too scared. There’s a big chance that bird gets scared for life and it may take too long to get him used to you. This is really important, specially if it’s your first time handling a bird and you’re not very experience with taming them.

4. Check their activity level
Birds are really good at hiding their sickness. So you need to look for those who are active. If a bird seems to be lazy, sitting at the button of the cage most the time, puffed up, has trouble balancing and has ruffled feathers, there’s a chance that the bird is sick.

5. Check to see if the bird’s feathers has any bold spots.

6. Check out their beaks, and feat. Make sure that they don’t have any deformities.

7. Check their eyes – his eyes should be bright and clear.

8. Check thee cage, food and water.
Unhealthy diet, and dirty cages,  increases the potentials of having a sick bird.

9. Finally, once you purchase your bird, take him to the vet to make sure he is in good health.

If you have other birds; don’t introduce the new member to the flock before getting him checked at the vet. If he is carrying any illness, you don’t want the rest of your birds to catch it.

 

 


How to care for your Cockatiels?

1. Interaction:

Cockatiels need lots of time and attention from their owner since they’re very social… So you need to make sure you have enough time to spend with them daily.

You must spend at least an hour interacting with your birds every day, and not just being near them.
Your Cockatiel considers you a part of his flock, and sometimes his mate. And In the wild, flock members do everything together. For this reason, if you want to make your tiel a happy one, you should mimic the same behavior, by trying to engage them in everything you do.

Birds are really smart, and they will pick up on your daily routine very fast, and learn to adapt to it. But, If you don’t have enough time to spend with your Cockatiel everyday, then its better if you get your bird friend a companion.

2. Cage size and Bar spacing:

Size:
“The Bigger the Better”

The Standard rule for buying any bird’s cage is that: the cage has to be double the size of the bird with its wings spread.
You can never get a cage that is too big, but you can get one the is too small!

STOP USING ROUND CAGES

Birds hate these cages. You should never get this type of cage for any bird ever. They just don’t give them any sense of security. Hence, increase their stress levels enormously.

Minimum budgies cage size as recommended by professionals is: 24″ (60.96 cm) long by 18″ (45.72 cm) wide by 24″ (60.96 cm) tall for 1 Bird.

However, as mentioned earlier, Cockatiels spend some time outside the cage everyday, to get the necessary exercise and stimulation, to keep them healthy and happy.

Bar Spacing:

Bar spacing is also very important. Because, if you get a cage with bar spacing that is too wide for your bird, there is the risk of the bird sticking his head out between the bars, which may injure the bird or even worse; he may actually choke.
For Cockatiels, Bar spacing should be about: 1/2″ to 5/8″ (1.27 – 1.5875 cm).

3. Perches:Cockatiel Perches

There are so many types of perches on the market that you can choose from. However, you need to make sure that; the perches are comfortable, and that you get them in different sizes and textures.
If all the perches are of the same sizes and textures, it can cause sores and deformities in your bird’s legs.

Next, Make sure you place the perches in a way, to give your bird enough space to jump and possibly fly between them.

4. Toys:

Cockatiels ToysCockatiels LOVE toys that they can CHEW

If you decide to get a Cockatiel or any other parrot really, expect to get lots and lots of destructible toys for your birds. Because they just LOVE to chew.

Make sure you give them lots of mind stimulation with foraging toys.
And don’t bother getting them fancy toys because, we all know how expensive birds toys can be, specially when you need to replace them all the time.
There are so many D.I.Y. (Do it Yourself) toys that are very cheap, safe, and easy to make.

And remember, smart birds like Cockatiels can get bored with their toys very quickly. A good way to outsmart them, is to rotate their toys weekly, and mix them up. That way you could keep your birds interested in the same toys longer.

However, whether you are buying a toy or making one yourself, you need to be very careful and to make sure that the toys are safe for your birds. Check that there’s nothing toxic for your birds in there, and that there’s no small pieces that your bird could swallow or choke on.

5. Cleaning:

Cages must be cleaned regularly.
Place a nice bedding at the bottom of your cage, that you can easily change-up everyday or as needed.
Water bottle and food bowls or hangers, should be cleaned and refilled daily to prevent Bacterial infections.

Birds can be really messy, and they do need a lot of work.


Deep Cleaning the cage:

Deep cleaning the cage is really important, for you and your birds. And you must do it every couple of weeks.
I Personally deep clean my birds cages once a month (or more as needed)…
So, you can do it more or less depending on your birds and how much the cage is messed up.

How to deep clean the cage?

Never use soap – Birds are very sensitive. Soap and other cleaning products leave chemical residues that are toxic and may harm your birds.
To deep clean the cage; you can either use vinegar or lemon juice. Those 2 help in killing bacteria.
Personally, I prefer filling a spray bottle with water, vinegar and 1 lemon to give it a fresh smell;

1. Remove everything from the cage: Food plates, water bottles, perches and toys, and clean them thoroughly, using the same mixture above.

2. Get a new scrub, and deeply clean everything, using the spray bottle you prepared earlier. Or you can simply wash it under the sink with water first, then use a clean scrub or towel while spraying with the vinegar/Lemon juice mix.

3. Leave them to dry, then put everything back in its place

Note: If your birds are nesting, deep clean with a wet towel without touching the nest, or moving the cage.

6. Bathing:

How much should I shower my Cockatiels?

Cockatiels are very powdery birds, and they just Love showering, as it helps them

groom themselves, and get rid of excess powder. Needless to say, if you have any sort of allergies, showering your birds will be good for you too, and you’ll just love enjoy watching them have a blast and enjoy the water.

Ideally, you should shower Cockatiels every 4 days. However, this varies depending on the weather, and your bird’s personal preference. Hence, if it’s really cold, then normally you shouldn’t shower them as much.

Different ways to shower your birds:

Every bird have his or her own character, unique personality and personal preferences… Just as we as “people” do.
So you need to figure out what each of your birds love, and what makes them happy.
Not all birds enjoy showering the same way, so these are 4 different ways you could shower your birds.

1. Using a Spray Bottle:
Most birds love spray bottle baths. Fill a Spray bottle with water, and gently spray your birds.
If you find your Cockatiel rolling around, grooming herself and moving closer to the bottle, this means she’s enjoying it. But, If she flies away, its your sign to stop.

2. The Classic bowl of water bath:
Just fill up one of their larger bowls with water, and watch them enjoy their baths.
But, be careful; don’t leave the water for too long, so they don’t get bacterial infections. And don’t fill it in a deep bowl because accidents may happen, and the bird may drown.

3. Open Faucet: ?
I’ve never personally tried it, but i have seen so many videos on YouTube of bird owners opening the water tap, and the birds just love it. They fly around, pass under the water, jump in and out, and they seem to really enjoy it.
Some even advice showering with your birds, but again while making sure that you don’t use any shampoos or anything with chemicals that could potentially harm them.

4. Rolling in wet greens:
This is really nice specially on hot summer days.
Many birds love rolling around in their wet greens before eating it. It’s so adorable.
Place some wet greens like parsley and cilantro on top of your birds cage or stand. And if they like it, they will roll around in their greens like crazy… They really love it.

So just observe your birds, and that’s how you really get to know them.. The more time you give them, the more you learn and understand what makes each of them happy. And it shows in the simplest things like; Taking a Bath…

7. Sleeping?

Cockatiels need a 10-12 hours of undisturbed sleep everyday. Lack of sleep will affect your bird’s overall health. And they can get really cranky just as a sleepy toddler does.
Ideally, birds should be sleeping by sun set, and waking up with sunrise, just as they do in the wild. However, most the time we want to spend more time with our birds at night. So it’s okay as long as they are getting their 10-12 hours of sleep.

And when it’s sleep time, place your birds in their cage, and place the cage in a quiet, dark room where there’s no TV. sounds or anything that could disturb your birds.
Moreover, it is advisable to cover up your birds cage at night to help them get a good night sleep. But some birds hate covering up their cages, so in this case; don’t freak out your bird. Just place them in a dark, quiet room.


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Most Popular Parrots Breeds

Most Popular Parrots Breeds

“Parrots are NOT pets. They are life-time Companions”

 

One of the most popular pets, yet they’re the most misunderstood.

Parrots are very intelligent, and sensitive creatures. They need so much care, interaction and stimulation to keep them healthy and happy.
And it’s no secret, how messy one small bird could be.

Before you decide if birds are the right choice for you, you must first learn if you are the right companion for a bird, and which people parrots love Best.”

However, between all the varieties of feather colors, sizes, abilities and amazing personalities, sometimes It’s really hard to choose your favorite pick.

 

 

 

So here’s a list of some of the most Popular parrots:

1. Budgerigars:

Commonly known as: Budgies and shell Parakeets
Average lifespan: 6 – 10 years
Origin: Australia
Size: 6 to 8 inches
Common Characteristics: Very Social, flock birds, love attention.
Budgies Care 101

 

 

2. Cockatiels

Cockatiels

Commonly known as: Cockatiels, Quarians,Weiro and Cocktails
Average lifespan: 10 – 14 years (In the Wild), Up to 20 years (In Captivity)
Origin: Australia
Size: 11 – 12 inches (Adult)
Common Characteristics: Small little cockatoos, Social, love mimicking sounds, Beautiful vocalizations.

 

 

3. Conures:

Average lifespan: 12 – 30 years
Origin: South and Central America and Mexico
Size: Medium sized parrots (size varies depending on the species)
Common Characteristics: Funny, easily trained, Nippiness and biting are probably the most common behavioral complaint.
 
Did you Know! There are over a 100 species of Conures in the Wild, but only 4 species are domesticated.

 

 

4. Fischer’s Lovebirds: 

Commonly known as: Fischers, lovebirds.
Average lifespan: 10 – 20 years.
Origin: Central Africa
Size: 6 inches
Common Characteristics: Social, Curious and Loud. Females tend to be nippy during breeding seasons.

 

 

5. Caiques:

Average lifespan: 20 Years, but can live up to 40 years
Origin:  Amazon Forest, south of the Amazon River in Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru.
Size: 9 to 10 inches (size varies depending on the species)
Common Characteristics: Known to be “The Clowns” of the parrots; playful, comical little birds. Social, but they can be aggressive to other bird species.
 

 

 

6. Monk Parakeets:

 

 

 


Commonly known as:
Quaker parrots
Average lifespan: 15 – 20 years
Origin: Argentina and the surrounding countries in South America.
Size: 29 cm (11 inches)
Common Characteristics: Social, Outstanding mimicking ability, noisy birds.

 

 

7. African Greys:

Commonly known as: Greys, Casco.
Average lifespan: 30 – 50 years
Origin: Africa
Size: 12 to 13 inches
Common Characteristics: Extremely intelligent birds, loyal, with amazing talking ability. However, they are nervous, shy birds, but can be socialized if they are properly trained. Tend to be a one-person bird, not good with children. Requires lots of time and attention. Wild ones are almost impossible to tame.

 

 

 
 

8. Poicephalus (Senegal Parrot):

Average lifespan: 25 – 30 years
Origin: West Africa
Size:  23 cm (9.1 inches)
Common Characteristics: Cuddly and affectionate, very friendly, vocal, poor talking ability, tend to be a one-person bird. Wild ones are almost impossible to tame.

 

 

 

9. Cockatoos:

There are about; 21 different species of Cockatoos.
Average lifespan:
 20 – 80 years (Varies depending on the species)
Origin: Australasia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Size: Medium to Large (depending on the species)
Common Characteristics: Very social, cuddly and affectionate, Intelligent, and playful birds. Seeks attention, requires lots of time and attention.

 

 

 

10. Amazon Parrots:

Average lifespan: 50 – 70+
Origin: New World (ranging from South America to Mexico and the Caribbean).
Size: 36 cm (14 inches).
Common Characteristics: Outstanding vocal abilities, noisy, playful, curious and funny birds. loyal and loving companions. But can be a bit moody. Requires lots of time and attention. Tend to be aggressive, if not well-trained.

 

 

 

11. Macaws:

There are about; 18 different species of Macaws
Average lifespan: 50 – 100+
Origin: tropical North and South America
Size: 100 cm (The Largest of all parrots)
Common Characteristics: These are the largest, most spectacular parrots in the world. Very large, loud, playful, loyal and very intelligent birds. Powerful beaks, Screamers, very loud birds. Requires lots of time and attention. Hard to train and care for. Not the right choice for everyone.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Budgies Care 101

Budgies Care 101

Basic Information:

‣ Budgerigarscommonly knows as “Budgies, or Shell Parakeets”.
Scientific name: Melopsittacus Undulatus
‣ Origin: Australia
‣ Size: Ranging from 6 to 8 inches
 Average lifespan: 6 to 10 years

 


Did you know!  The oldest budgerigar ever recorded according to Genus Record, was named Charlie, he lived in England, and reached the age of 29.

 

So, what is a Budgie?

Budgies are one of the most popular pets worldwide, right after cats and dogs. They come in so many color variations, they have an amazing social nature, easily cared for, easily bread, and readily available. You can hardly ever find a pet store that doesn’t have these amazing smart little parrots.
But because of that, many people buy them out of an impulse without taking the time to learn about them beforehand.

Sadly; It’s not that hard to see how many budgies’ owners and sellers who don’t have enough knowledge on how to properly care for these birds.

 

There are two types of Budgerigars;

English budgies and Wild/Australian Australian Budgie Vs English BudgieBudgies:

Whereas, the most significant difference between the two is their size.
English budgies are 2-3 times the size of wild budgies.

Budgerigars are the smallest specie of true parrots; as they have a curved beak and their feet has 4 toes; 2 forward and 2 backward.

In the wild, they live in very large flocks, so they have a very social nature, that is why it is advisable to get a pair instead of one bird if you don’t have enough time to spend with your bird (daily).
And by spending time with him, I mean; How much time you have to spend 1 on 1 quality time with your bird; interacting and training him/her.

 

How to choose your Budgie?

Choosing your budgie could be a bit overwhelming. However there are certain things you need to look for in your budgie to make sure he is in good health.

 

Pay attention to details:

  • Make sure you get a young weaned bird.
  • Look for the active birds.
    Birds are really good at hiding their sickness. So you need to look for those who are active; flying from one perch to another. If a bird seems    to be lazy, sitting at the button of the cage most the time, has trouble balancing and has ruffled feathers, chances are; that the bird is sick or injured.
  • See if the bird’s feathers have any bold spots.
  • Check out their beaks and feat. Make sure that they don’t have any deformities.
  • The bird’s eyes has to be; bright and clear.
  • Check their food and water.
  • If you want a really tamed budgie, ask for hand feed ones.
  • And finally, once you purchase your bird, take him to the vet to make sure he is in good health.

 

Note: If you already have other birds, don’t introduce the new member to the flock before getting him checked at the vet. If he is carrying any illness, you don’t want the rest of your birds to catch it.



How to care for your Budgies? Budgie_Love_Petsoholic

So now you have your little companion, got him checked and he is in perfect shape… ready to be introduced to his/her new home.
How to make your budgies happy?

1. Cage size and Bar spacing:

 Size:
“The Bigger the Better”

The Standard rule for buying any bird’s cage is that: the cage has to be double the size of the bird with its wings spread.

You can never get a cage that is too big, but you can get one the is too small!
It makes me really sad when I see beautiful birds like budgies put in a tiny cages without enough room for anything really… Just because the salesman said its OK.
Budgies are very playful, they love to climb up and down the cage, hop and fly around from one perch to the other, so they need enough space to do that.

Just because they are small, doesn’t mean they don’t need enough space to fly around and play.

Minimum budgies cage size as recommended by professionals is: 12 by 18 by 18 inches (30 by 45.72 by 45.72 cm) for 1 Bird.
Given that the bird will be given regular hours outside the cage daily. Yet, I still personally believe that is too small for the birds.

It’s important to know that; If you get a cage that is too small for the number of budgies you have, they can become really aggressive and hurt one another.

 

Bar Spacing:

Bar spacing is also very important. Because, if you get a cage with bar spacing that is too wide for your bird, there is a risk of the bird sticking his head between the bars, which may injure the bird, or even worse, he may actually choke to death.
For budgies, It is advisable to get a cage with Bar spacing that is: 1/2 to 5/8 inches (1.27 to 1.5875 cm).

 

2. Perches and Toys:

There are so many different types of perches on the market that you can choose from. However, you need to make sure that; the perches areBudgies toys comfortable, and that you get them in different sizes and textures.
If all the perches are of the same sizes and textures, it can cause sores and deformities in your bird’s legs.

Moreover, toys are very important to stimulate your budgies mentally and physically. So that they don’t get bored.
In the wild, birds spend most of their time forging for food. But in captivity food is just there, so you need to find ways to keep them busy… thus happy.

Nevertheless, you can always create your own Forging toys for your birds. It can be as simple as placing a piece of paper on top of their food bowl, to more complicated ones that they can chew and play with… Just make sure the toy is safe for the birds. Meaning that; there’s no chemicals used and that it doesn’t have pieces they may choke on.

 

3. Cleaning the cage:

The Cage must be cleaned regularly.
With budgies, i personally prefer to place a paper towel at the bottom of the cage, and simply roll it and throw it away on daily basis or as much as needed.
Water bottle should be cleaned and refilled daily to prevent Bacterial infections.

Deep Cleaning the cage:

Deep cleaning the cage is really important, for you and your birds. You must Deep Clean it every couple of weeks.
Personally, I deep clean my birds cages once a month (or more if needed).. However, you can do it more or less depending on your birds and how much you feel the cage needs to be cleaned.

 

How to deep clean the cage?

Never use soap Birds are very sensitive. Soap and other cleaning products leave chemical residues that may harm your birds.
To deep clean the cage; you can either use vinegar or lemon juice. Those 2 help in killing bacteria.
Personally, I prefer filling a spray bottle with water, vinegar and 1 lemon to give it a fresh smell;

1. Remove everything from the cage: Food plates, water bottles, and perches.

2. Get a new scrub, and deeply clean everything, using the spray bottle you prepared earlier. Or you can simply wash it under the sink with water first, then use a clean scrub or towel while spraying with the vinegar/Lemon juice mix.

3. Leave them to dry, then put everything back in its place.

Note: If your budgies are nesting on eggs, Deep clean with a wet towel without touching the nest, or moving the cage.

 

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4. Feeding:

Budgies are seed eaters. They just love them. However, to make sure that your budgies are getting sufficient nutrition, Fresh Vegetables and fruits must be served, in addition to their seeds.
But I will get to that in details, in another article..

 

5. Bathing:

How many times should i bath my budgie?

Some people would tell you to shower your bird every 4 days or so, some may say more and some may say less.
Honestly, there is not a define answer or rule to that in my opinion. The method varies depending on; the whether, where you live and each of your birds’ personal preferences.
Whereas, the more you observe your birds, the more you will get to learn what they enjoy.

Different ways to shower your birds:

1. Using a Spray Bottle.spray-bottle

Most Budgies love spray bottle baths. Fill a Spray bottle with water, and gently spray your birds.
If you find the little guy rolling around, and moving closer to the bottle, this means he’s enjoying it. But, If he flies away, its your sign to stop.
My Birds love it, specially on a hot day.

2. The Classic bowl of water bath:

Just fill up one of their bowls with water and watch them happily singing and jumping in and out.
However, if this method is what your birds preference is, be careful; don’t leave the water for too long, so they don’t get bacterial infections. And don’t fill it in a deep bowl because accidents may happen, and the bird may drown.

3. Open Faucet:

I’ve never personally tried this method, but i have seen so many videos on YouTube of bird owners opening the water tap, and the birds just love it. They fly around, pass under the water, and jump in and out of he sink.

4. Rolling around in wet greens:

Some budgies would fly away if you spray them with a spray bottle, but put their greens wet in the cage and they will roll around in it.

So just observe your birds, and that’s how you really get to know them. Each bird has their own personality and characteristics. The more time you give them, the more you learn and understand what makes each of them happy. And it shows in the simplest things like; Taking a Bath.

 

6. Interaction:

Budgies are flock birds, which means that; in the wild they live in large flocks, and it’s really rare to see a budgie or any parrot alone in the wild, unless he’s hurt or sick. Moreover, these birds are monogamous, which means they mate for life. So if you decide to get 1 bird, you need to spend at least an hour interacting with your bird everyday. However, its much advisable to get 2 budgies.

 


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11 Things to consider before choosing your First Pet

11 Things to consider before choosing your First Pet

If you’re reading this chances are; you’re thinking about getting your first pet..

 

Welcoming a new member to the family is very exciting, and pets can play a huge part in turning a house into a home.
It’s a responsibility that we chose to take, and the love and emotional support we get in return is just amazing. However, if it’s not planned right, it could turn into a real nightmare, and it’s our animals who pay the price.

⚠️ Never Buy a Pet out of an Impulse decision.

First, we need to go through some basic concepts:

Animals are not disposable, they are not another part of your collection, and they are definitely not ours to posses.
We do not “own” our animals.. As a matter of fact, if its anything, they are the ones who kinda own us ?. I mean, if you actually think about it; they take up your space, you prepare their meals, feed them, shower them, entertain them, and clean after them. Its kinda like having a toddler really.
Our pets are our companions, and we are their care takers, or as one of my favorite animal behaviorist “Jackson Galaxy” says; “We are their Guardians”.

 

Now let’s Find Your Perfect Match ?

 

Ask yourself these questions so you can make an informative, right decision:

1. Do they match your lifestyle?

Are you a morning or a night person? When is your free time?
Are you an outdoor person? or would you rather be indoors? Are you an Active person?

Animals have their own exotic wild nature, and its these behavioral, physical and mental differences that makes each specie amazing in its own unique way.
So you should always learn beforehand, respect and embrace their qualities. Don’t force your own lifestyle on them. For as, at he end, this would only lead to your and their frustration.
One of the worst things a pet owner could do is; buying a pet that doesn’t match their lifestyle, and then force their lifestyle and house rules on him/her ⚠

Animals’ lives should not be compromised to fit our world.

 

2. Do you have the time?

Do you have enough time to spend with your pet?
How much time do you spend at work?
Do you travel a lot?
Who can take care of your baby when you’re away?

Some pets are a bit independent and rather be left alone doing their own thing, while others are very social and need constant human interaction. They need to be around you all the time. And if that didn’t happen, they are subjected to depression which leads to so many behavioral problems. So you need to put that into consideration.

 

3. How long are you willing to commit?

Some animals have very short life spans, like Roborovski hamster who live around 3 years. While others can surpass our lives, like some parrots who can live up to 80 years, and tortoises who can live up to a 100 years if they are properly taken care of. So how long are you willing to commit to your pet friend?

 

4. Be prepared and understand the risks:

So whatever type of pet you decide to go for, there will always be risks. Because you’re dealing with a wild creature, even ones who have been domesticated for decades like cats and dogs. Animals are animals, and its the beauty of their wild nature that made us fall in love with them in the first place. Mistakes will happen among the most trained of all. Because even us as “Humans” we make mistakes.
So if you cannot deal with the mess, think again..
Do your homework, and be ready…

 

5. Where do you live?

Do you live in a house, a big apartment or a studio apartment? Do you have a backyard garden where your pets could hang out? Is your home pet friendly?

The sizes of animals vary and so does the space required. For example, if you live in a small apartment, and you get a cute little puppy, who grows up to be a really large dog, this could be a real issue. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot get one… you just need to be aware of every aspect so you know what you’re getting yourself into, what to expect, and how to prepare for it. Moreover, some animals are small, but they still need a large space for their enclosures and other stuff.

Nevertheless, Some pets could be really loud and vocal.. For example, if you are looking into larger parrots like Macaws; they can be REALLY LOUD, plus they do take a lot of space for their cage, toys and all that good stuff. Although you can train them not to scream, but they are recommended to people who live in a house, and not in an apartment.
So can you adapt to that? What about your neighbors?

 

6. Do you have kids? One-person Or a family pet?:

Some animals can get along well with children, while others are not recommended unless there is constant supervision.
Because, some animals like African Grey Parrots, are very phobic, they do not like sudden movements and they’re easily scared if they’re not properly socialized.

Moreover, some animals only bond with one-person who is probably their main care taker, and doesn’t really care about the rest. Whereas, there are others who are very social and can bond with the whole family.

 

7. Super cuddly, independent or somewhere in-between?

Do you want a pet that you can cuddle and kiss all the time, or would you rather have a pet who loves being around you doing his own business, while you’re doing your own. Every animal has his or her own personality even among the same breed.
So what kind of personality are you looking for?

For example, many cockatoo parrots owners give them up for adoption because they cannot keep up with their needs. Cockatoo parrots are one the most social and super cuddly breed  among parrots, so people buy them out of an impulse. But then they have to let them go when they realize that they don’t have enough time to hold and cuddle them.. All Day Long.

 

8. Can you afford it?

This is really important to think about before you welcome your new baby home. Adding to the cost of the pet, you need to think about their living expanses; food, toys, vet visits, enclosure, etc…
And it really depends on the specie. You need to know if you are ready to take that responsibility, or if it’s not the right time yet.

 

9. Do you have any kind of allergies?

This is quite obvious but you really need to get checked for allergies beforehand, because if you have a serious allergy to cats for example, you don’t wanna be sneezing for almost 16 years, and you don’t wanna get attached to an animal, only to find out that you have to let him go.

 

10. Research your Local vets beforehand

Are there good vets in your area? Do they treat the animal of your choice?

Depending on where you live, you need to make sure that there are good reputable vets around. Because nobody likes bad news but believe me, if God forbids anything should happen to your little baby and you are not prepared, its gonna be too hard to watch your poor baby suffer.

 

11. Consider adoption…

So many pets are suffering in silence because, their owners had to let them go.
Whereas, some are sent to shelters, and some are brutally thrown on the streets.

Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, about 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
Source: http://www.aspca.org/animal-homelessness/shelter-intake-and-surrender/pet-statistics.

Needless to say, these numbers represent the US. only. What about the rest of the world? The numbers are continuously growing and shelters are crying out for adoption. So consider adoption, and help save a life.

 

To sum up, there are endless numbers of animals, birds, fish and reptiles that you can choose from.

Take your time… Narrow down your list and start researching each one thoroughly, to find your perfect match ♡

 

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