How to Make Sure You Get the Accommodation Right for Your New Pet Bird

So you’re thinking about getting a new pet bird. Before you do, you need to make sure you have a proper start for your new bird before you bring it home. Here are the basic housing requirements for all small pet birds.

Whether you are looking for a budgie, cockatiel, lovebird, parakeet, pinch or other type of pet bird, the accommodation is essentially the same and the only difference is the size of your new charge.

Cage or aviary. This mainly depends on the space you have available and whether you want to keep only one pet bird or several of them. All small pet birds will be happy in both, however, you need to make sure that your new friend has enough space to give him relative freedom. You wouldn’t want to live your whole life in a closet, would you? Not even your pet bird! Space is needed to move and not be cramped.

If you are going for a cage, you should go for the biggest one you can comfortably afford, but make sure it is secure enough to prevent your bird from escaping, the bars of the cage should be close enough together for the same reason. Go for metal, not wood, with an easy-to-clean plastic base.

Equip your cage with perches of varying thickness and set some at an angle rather than completely horizontal, some horizontally, some at an angle and some even almost upright would be perfect. The different thicknesses and angles will encourage your bird to exercise and may save you from a leg cramp. You can have one of each of the above if that’s fine but others are better, don’t overdo it and leave room for your pet bird to move freely. On the topic of perches; natural wood is the best choice, but make sure it is hygienically clean, brush it if necessary.

As a general rule, finches need company and parrot-type species (budgies, cockatiels, etc.) need toys, so include this in your cage; Keep brushes in pairs or more, and parrot types in pairs or alone with lots of toys.

Parrot species love to chew, so make sure everything in the cage is secure.

Your bird should have enough space to spread its wings fully and height is better than width as most caged birds will climb rather than fly.

However, if you have enough space for a bird, this is a better option as it is the closest your pet bird will be to its natural environment. Lots of places to fly, climb, crawl and explore; also if you keep it with others, the possibility to distance yourself from others when things get too much.

A group of birds, even of different species, can be housed together in an aviary with enough space for all, but be sure to check compatibility with other species. For example, lovebirds should be kept with birds of their own species, as they will become territorial and aggressive towards others. Budgies, however, can live happily with other birds of a similar size (except lovebirds) or with pens, as long as they have a chance to get away from each other.

If you are introducing your new bird to an aviary, you should first quarantine it for a few weeks before releasing it into the aviary with the others, this is to ensure that any problems with your new bird can be resolved. A decent sized cage as mentioned above will do, or a small bird separated from the others.

Birdhouses, like cages, come in many shapes and sizes; Shop around for the best deal or better yet, build your own (the essentials of building your own aviary will be covered in my next article).

Again make sure the aviary is well stocked with secure branches, perches, shelters, toys (if needed) etc. with no escape routes.

Your aviary can be indoors (in a shed or building, or at home) or outdoors (like in the garden), and don’t worry about the comfort and warmth of an outdoor bird, as most popular small pet birds are very hardy. .

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