How to Look After Pet Birds

Birds are beautiful creatures. They are both entertaining and fun to play with - but at the same time allow you to 'get on with your life'. There is not too much rushing around after them and can be taught quite impressive tricks!

But they do, however, need taking care of. Taking good care of your pet not only shows you care, but helps maintain cleanliness of the cage and help the bird(s) have a healthy lifestyle and a friendly environment.

Taking care of your bird does mean keeping it entertained - but this doesn't necessarily mean devoting all your time to it. Of course, you'll want the best for it, but don't waste the whole day trying to entertain your bird. There are other ways. Buying another bird for it would be best.


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    Buy a birdcage. Birdcages can vary in size - but you'll want to get a fairly big one. Depending on the type of bird, you'll want to invest in different types. Make sure the bird cannot escape through the gaps, and has enough room to stretch it's wings and fly about. Tip: remember perches for the cage!
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    Consider it's surroundings. Keep the cage in a safe place, and keep it away from any cats (or dogs). Over time, your bird(s) may feel more secure around any other pets - so don't abandon them, just avoid any possible threats scaring the bird.
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    Keep it and the cage hygienic. Perhaps add a birdbath to the cage to freshen itself up. Bird do naturally keep themselves clean - but a small and extremely shallow (a centimetre deep) bird bath won't hurt. Also, clean out the cage properly. Do this on a basis (2-4 days - or it could be once or twice a week), depending on how long it takes for the cage to start to show any signs of uncleanliness. Cleaning out the cage means:
    • wiping down the whole cage, perches and toys too
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    • replacing the sand-paper at the bottom of the cage
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    • new food and water
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    • clean bird bathwater (if you have one)
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    Also, about once a week you'll want to sterilize the cage - but don't use bleach. Just sterilise the perches and food and water bowls in boiling hot water.
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    Keep it healthy and give it a healthily balanced diet. Feed your bird food suitable for that specific species. Most pet shops sell many different bird food for many different species. Keeping it healthy otherwise (exercise) just consists in different bird toys and making sure it has enough space. If you think your bird has developed any possible illnesses, speak to a vet.
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    Buy a little friend and keep it entertained. A little friend to keep it company. This is particularly useful if owners aren't in the house for long periods of time on a daily basis.
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    Show care. Care for your bird(s) and show you love it. Give it lots of attention, and make things fun for it. Add a few bird toys to the cage and always keep it healthy and happy. Remember as long as your bird has the following:
    • Food and drink
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    • Safety
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    • Warmth
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    • Love
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    Now and then you should let your bird out of their cage in a secure room. Make sure all curtains are drawn over the windows and all poisonous plants and wires are covered or even better removed. Also make sure there is no water in the room so the birds don't drown and all ceiling fans are turned off. If you think your bird will get harmed by something it is best to prevent it in some way. You also need to know how to catch the bird.


  • Make sure that, if you have two birds, they don't fight. Give them a few weeks to settle in, but if they fight after that move them away from each other.
  • Travel cages are good ideas. If you ever need to take your bird(s) to a vet - put it in a small travel-sized cage. This will save you having to take the whole birdcage with you.
  • Play music for your bird if you leave the house for a long period of time.


  • Bird cages can smell if they are dirty. However, this isn't always an indication of dirtiness - so don't rely on that to tell you when to clean it out. You'll know when it needs cleaning.
  • Don't abandon your bird(s), and don't leave it in any possible danger.

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