Buying a new bird

How much do you want to spend?

When buying a bird, you should not only look at the cost of the bird, but the time and how much fun you will have with it.

If you are looking for a sweet, loving and tame bird, handfed is the way to go.

They are worth the difference in the price.

They do cost more, but well worth the investment.

If you think of the long run, you will be much more happy with a pet that you can touch without it taking your hand off!

You can get the same kind of bird at a cheaper price, but often, they may come with problems, like - personality issues, not being tame, being sick, etc. Vet bills can add up very fast!

Please research the bird you are thinking about before you buy, as the bird should be with its new family for a very long time to come.

How much will it cost to keep?

When first starting out, it does cost a bit. Get the proper equipment first time around, as it will cost less in the future.

Spend that extra few dollars for the cage or supplies you really want, as you will be happier with it in the long run.

Make sure you get the proper cage, toys, treats and food to keep your new baby health and happy.

How long will it live?

Again, this is not guaranteed, as so many things can factor what happens to a bird, like environment, food, stress, etc.

- Parrotletts - 18 - 20 years

- Budgies - 10 - 15 years

- Lovebirds - 15 - 20

- Cockatiel - 15 - 18 years

- Conures - 15 -30 years

- Cockatoos - up to 85 years

Do you really want this type of bird?

Never by any animal on impulse.

It might look so cute when it is a baby, but are you really willing to give it the proper care and attention when it is older?

Remember, the bigger the bird, the more time it will require, the louder it is, the messier it is, and the more it will cost to feed, house and care for it.

Choosing a healthy bird

Look for an active bird.

One that is looking for attention and aware of its surroundings

Bright eyes

no discharge from eyes, nose or vent area

Clean feathers

Beak should meet properly

Feet clean and not too scaly (some is normal)

Bringing the baby home

If possible, have the cage and toys already set up before you get your new baby, as this would be less stressful for the bird.

I do not recommend moving a bird home in a cage. If the bird gets spooked, it can injure itself on the bars and possibly break a wing or leg.

A bird travel cage is fine, as long as it is small and is covered.

A small box is usually the safest way to transport birds.

When the bird gets home, let it rest. This is very important, as it is a very stressful time for bird and owner.

After a couple of hours, open the cage and let the bird get used to its new home. Keep the house quiet, and do not let kids handle the bird. Keep other pets away as well, until it is a little more comfortable.

The main thing is to have fun with you new family member!

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