Why do birds make good pets?

Birds love company as much as humans and many will become very tame, with some even learning to talk!

What are the most commonly kept birds?

Budgerigars, cockatiels and canaries are the most commonly kept species because they are small, colourful and chatty!

How do I keep my bird?

With any bird, you should always provide as much space as possible, ensuring that your cage allows more than a full wingspan extension – and wherever possible you should allow your bird periods of exercise outside of the cage in a safe and secure room. Your bird should be kept in a room which maintains a stable temperature, with little fluctuation in heat or humidity, and in an area free from draughts.

How do I look after my bird?

All birds need regular care and attention, daily feeding and fresh water, and cleaning at least once a week – it’s always a good idea to use a pet disinfectant such as Beaphar Hutch and Cage Cleaner but be sure to rinse food and water dishes thoroughly.

How do I handle my bird?

You should always allow time for your new bird to settle into its new environment – the first two days are the most stressful so expect your bird to be a little reserved until it has settled fully, and keep noise to a minimum during this time to avoid frightening them.

What equipment and supplies will I need?

You will need to provide accommodation, food and stimulation for your bird, so for their accommodation you’ll need a cage with sand or sand sheets across the base, with clean perches at varying heights – and don’t forget your disinfectant for cleaning.

You’ll need dishes for seed mixture, grit (which birds need to aid digestion) and fresh water – and you’ll also need to make sure your bird has all the vital minerals it needs so be sure to provide cuttlefish and an iodine block. Like humans, birds also enjoy treats – millet sprays are one of the many favourites available.

Your bird will need stimulation while you’re busy with other things, so don’t forget to include toys, swings and ladders for them to enjoy.

Finally, it’s always a good idea to have a reference book to hand so that you can be sure you’re providing everything your bird needs.