what you need for a bird

First Aid for Birds

Every pet in your home needs a first aid kit and a fully stocked “go bag” in case of emergency. Your veterinarian can assist you in assembling this kit, but it should contain a minimum of two nail clippers, styptic (to halt minor bleeding), and tiny scissors. The kit should contain extras of any vitamin supplements you give your bird and any medications it takes.

In keeping with a kit you may have for your cat and dog, you may also want to add:

  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Telfa pads
  • Gauze rolls
  • Vet wrap
  • Medical tape
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Tweezers
  • Hemostats
  • Penlight
  • Clean towels
  • Magnifying glass

Remember the phone number of your veterinarian, the address of the nearby emergency clinic that treats birds, and the medical records for your pet.

When properly researched and cared for, birds can make wonderful housemates and lifelong companions. You will have a wonderful start with your new feathered friend if you carefully consider the species you have adopted and thoroughly investigate all of the supplies you will require!

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Sandra Mitchell is a New York State College of Veterinary Medicine graduate from 1995. Since graduation, she has worked in many fields.

Bird Supplies for Beginners

Here are some items you should consider buying for your new friend when you are creating a budget:

Perhaps the largest initial outlay when setting up a new bird pet is a suitable cage. This is not the place to cut corners because your bird will be spending a lot of time in its new house, so comfort is crucial.

Get the biggest cage you can afford with bars that are spaced correctly for the species you are adopting. Every bird in a cage ought to be able to fly, not just perch and flap their wings.

Make sure the bars are positioned correctly to prevent escape, and search for amenities that promote human comfort, like easily cleaned surfaces and castor wheels for convenient mobility. Ideally, the cage should face a window and be positioned in the center of a busy area of your house. When your bird isn’t flying around the house, it should always feel like a member of the family and have something to watch.

In actuality, a lot of food sold for birds is unsuitable for the species. Investigate and find veterinary sources that suggest the diet meant for your bird’s species. The majority of suitable bird food will resemble dog and cat kibbles (ideally without any color). With a few possible exceptions, such as doves and finches, it’s likely not the right food for your bird if you find bird seed, dried fruit, or pieces of vegetables in the bag.

When your bird has the best nutrition possible, she won’t be able to choose her favorites and ignore the rest. Therefore, a blended kibble is recommended. Although these foods cost more than “bird seed,” they will end up saving you money by maintaining your bird’s health. If your bird “likes” something or was eating it when you adopted him, don’t settle for something unhealthy.

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Offer your bird chemical-free water, like bottled spring water, if your home uses city water that has been treated with chemicals like chlorine. A suitable-sized water bowl for your bird should be part of its cage, such as the Featherland Paradise Plastic Cup w/Stainless Hardware Bird Cage Accessory.

Having cozy perches for your feathered companions is essential. Pet birds do best on perches that mimic natural perches, such as tree branches. If the fruit trees in your neighborhood have not been treated with pesticides, you can go outside and trim some branches that are the right size for your bird. If they eat them, that’s okay! Just discard the soiled perches and cut new ones when needed.

Select perches that most closely resemble branches if you decide to buy any. Your bird’s feet will be exercised by the variation in size and diameter, which will help it locate the most comfortable places to stand.

Steer clear of perches with a rough texture or sandpaper covering. Although they are advertised as a way to “keep nails short,” these actually irritate the bird’s feet. Your veterinarian can provide you with instructions on how to trim your bird’s nails or perform the task for you.

Make sure to place perches where your bird can still fly comfortably; avoid placing perches directly across the “flight zone”; instead, look for corners and edges.

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You should clean your bird cage’s base on a regular basis. It’s critical to locate a liner that you can clean affordably and safely. Some birds do well with simple black and white newspaper (especially if they do not play on the bottom of the cage), but there are other options as well. Whatever you decide, make sure the material won’t be something your bird eats, like corn cob litter, which could cause an intestinal blockage.

Additionally, safe cage cleaning solutions (such as vinegar and water) can help to remove any debris your feathered friend may have left behind so you can clean them off. To prevent your bird from consuming any of the cleaning agents, make sure to keep it out of the cage until it is completely dry.

Make sure there is a corner of the cage designated for “privacy” because everyone needs a place to go to be alone, even your feathered friend! A box with one side cut out, a few pieces of cardboard your bird can hide behind, or even a “fluffy sleep hide” made especially for birds could be used for this. It will function as long as your bird is able to escape whenever they feel the need for some privacy.

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Birds adore toys—some species more than others. Tiny birds frequently adore bathtubs, mirrors, and tiny plastic toys that they can “beat up.” Bigger birds frequently adore larger wooden toys that can be gnawed through and broken.

The toys in the majority of birds’ enormous toyboxes can change over time. Toys may be destroyed constantly if your bird has a large or powerful beak, so be prepared to replace them often.

Though it can get pricey quickly, occasionally you can make your own toys out of cardboard boxes, paper towel rolls, and leftover untreated wood. Examine a broad range of commercial toys to find out what your bird prefers. You just need to make sure that your bird won’t injure itself with the toy (like hooking a toenail) or eat small plastic parts. Other than that, the possibilities are endless!

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FAQ

What do birds require?

The needs of birds aren’t much different than our own. Food and water are absolute basics, but so is shelter or cover to serve as protection from the weather and a safe place to raise a family. Provide these fundamental elements in your backyard habitat, and you will attract numerous visitors.

What are the basics of owning a bird?

Birds should be kept in cages that allow space for them to climb, walk around, and ideally fly. Because most cages restrict a bird’s ability to fly, you should provide supervised access to an adequately sized exercise area, outside of the cage, for several hours each day.

What do birds like in their cage?

Birds love stimulating cage décor and toys. Some great choices include: Rope knots, twisty toys.