Rescue Birds

Do You Know the Basic Care for Birds? Are you planning to get a rescue bird as a pet?

Read the 10-pointers before you go ahead with your plan. Ignorant buyers will bring trouble for themselves and the birds if they are not aware of these issues.

  • Birds are wild animals and can sometimes not domesticated. Therefore, be sure to create a natural habitat for them.
  • Birds can transmit many serious illnesses, such as avian tuberculosis, flu, etc. Birds also shed feathers that aggravate asthma in certain people. You may use HEPA air filters to keep feather dust at bay. A clean area can however, keep your pets and yourself healthy.
  • Almost all birds are chirpy and messy. Some birds, like the parrots and macaw need a social environment. They squeak and chirp continuously. Be sure to give them company.
  • Many birds, such as parrots chew wood and curtains. You will also find bird dropping everywhere. Be ready to do a regular cleaning in the area.
  • Some birds, especially parrots live for 20 to 100 years. So, if you plan to own them, be sure to maintain them lifelong.
  • Birds must have a proper play area. If you keep large birds, make sure the aviary is spacious enough to allow them to fly. There must be toys and climbing structures.
  • A variety of foodstuff must be available – grains, beans, vegetables are a must as basic diet for the birds. Human food should not be given.
  • Birds must have exposure to sunlight and fresh air. They should not be exposed to tobacco fumes or pollution. They are quite sensitive to bad air and can die instantly.
  • Birds must sleep for at least 10 hours each night to remain healthy.
  • Birds must be treated by an experienced vet from time to time. Annual diagnostic tests may be required for birds with big lifespan, such as parrots. Remember, vet charges can be expensive.

So, be prepared for all the factors above before you own a bird as a pet.