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    Whether you already have a pet bird or you are considering bringing one home some time soon, there are things to consider as a responsible bird owner. Birds provide homes with a connection to nature and companionship, and talking birds can even be friends. All are beautiful, and some exquisite and rarer varieties are extremely divine in appearance.

    First, you need to take your home environment into account: Is it well aerated and do you have natural sunlight coming in through windows and doors? Bearing in mind your bird will be happiest in a surrounding closest to their natural habitat, so light and fresh air are high on the list of importance.

    Next, you should find the right sized cage for the bird you choose, and of course, the cage size will depend on your home. If you only have a small corner allocated for your feathery friend, then a small cage on a stand will be optimal, however, if your home is very large, you could go as far as an aviary sized indoor atrium.

    When you have determined the best cage for your home, it’s time to investigate your options as far as which birds will be best suited to the overall environment you have planned. There are also some tips for ensuring you buy a healthy bird:

    1. Does the bird have smooth, bright feathers?

    2. Are the bird’s breast muscles full?

    3. Are the bird’s eyes alert and clear to look in?

    4. Does the bird exhibit a playful personality?

    If the answer to all of the above is yes, you can feel confident to buy the bird. It is a good idea to take new pet birds to the vet for an initial once over health check. Bear in mind not all vets accept birds at their clinics, so finding one who does prior to buying the bird is recommended.

    Birds hide illness very well, and as a bird owner, you have to constantly be aware of what is normal behaviour for them. If they show any changes in appetite, loss of feathers, wounds or lethargy you should take them to a vet immediately. The best way to keep your bird from becoming sick is to keep him in the cage rather than allowing them to fly all around the home. Make sure his water and food trays are always clean and free of faeces, and most important, keep his water supplies up all the time. Have a good idea what amount your bird will usually eat so you can tell if he goes off his food.

    Birds are low maintenance pets. You should keep their environment clean, bearing in mind they wouldn’t naturally stay in one place for so long. Newspaper or some non-glossy paper is perfect to line the cage, and this should be changed every day. About once a fortnight, you can wipe their entire cage out with warm soapy water and a cloth.

    If your bird has been sick, there are specialized disinfectant washes your vet can sell for occasional cage cleaning. It really only takes five minutes a day to keep your bird’s surroundings clean so they can live a long and happy disease-free life and, in turn, keep you happy by being the perfect pet.

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    I have been looking into training videos if anybody has suggestions? Preferably it would pertain to the training of macaws because I have two of them. Mostly I'm working with them from a book I have found but like to find something on video.
    Go White Sox


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      caravan awning

      Hey people I am new to this post but I got so many useful information related to this topic so for that thank you so much.


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        We have lots of Australian Birds. but one day they will die due to some viruses.
        Last edited by LPC; 03-04-2016, 10:00 AM.


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          I have a Macow. Birds like Macows can live up to 75 years, and they need things to occupy them. The bird owner must have proper knowledge what they need to thrive. It is vital to research before you take the responsibility of a Macow.


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            Thanks, its a nice post for my birds tips. I hope my birds always be helathy and singing beautiful song everyday. My birds are lovebird and canary.


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              Thanks for posting! I have been a long time bird owner and breeder and yes there are many things you need to know before purchasing a pet bird. The larger the bird the more it takes to care for them, that's not to say that small birds don't have needs though. Any bird can be hand tamed but some are harder then others, for example a macaw is much easier to tame then a budgie just because they are quieter and more intellengent.

              Birdman: If you want to tame your bird all it takes is patience and time. Start by getting your bird used to you being around the cage. Sit near by and do things just to be close, then lay your hand in the cage, show your bird your not going to hurt it. Start hand feeding it treats that it likes and then just plain food, eventually your bird will come to trust you and want to come to you