Birds are the third most popular pet in the United States. Even though they are small and caged, birds still require a great deal of care and attention. They are complex creatures, and if you take good care of your own bird, you will have the opportunity to see what unique pets they are.
Birds require much more than cages to be happy and healthy. Read what The Humane Society says about birds spending time outside of their cage below.
Provide as much out-of-cage time as possible—this will mean bird-proofing your house »
Birds don’t want to live in cages any more than we do. If you have the space, consider dedicating a room in your house as your bird’s room so she has to spend as little time in her cage as possible. If a bird room isn’t in your near future, commit to having the bird out of her cage, in a safe, always supervised space, whenever possible when you’re at home. This is important for enrichment and the opportunity to fly.
Birds will chew anything in sight: wires, cords, the wall (most paint is hazardous), furniture, etc. To keep your bird safe, remove or adequately cover any of these materials, and ensure that all windows and doors are closed. Keep your bird away from other pets in your home if you’re unsure of their dynamic (cats and dogs are obvious ones). And familiarize yourself with the list of the most hazardous household materials (air fresheners, scented candles, and Teflon cookware are the biggies).
SRC: Find more about Bird Care from The Human Society at: www.humanesociety.org/animals/pet_birds/tips/bird_care.html
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