There are so many different types of pets out there. There are people who love dogs, cats, gerbils and even racoons (not to be recommended). For some it is birds, and these can be great pets – while parrots will squawk at you, others are quiet, beautiful companions. Of course owning a bird comes with a unique set of challenges, and you will need to consider a few things before you bring one home. Luckily for us, there are hundreds and even thousands of different species of birds and there is a perfect one out there for you!
The first thing to consider is whether you can actually take care of a bird – they cannot be left to their own devices and you need to socialise them, handle them and establish a daily routine that they can get used to. This comes as a surprise to some people who see them as effort free pets.
Birds also need a calm, quiet environment. Some birds can get very stressed by changes to their routine or loud noises – so people with children might want to reconsider if they are getting a bird, especially if their children are likely to bother the bird. You also need to ensure that you are around enough to provide the level of care that your pet needs.
You also need to invest a fair bit of money to provide a good standard of life for your new feathered friend. A spacious and comfortable bird cage is an absolute must, as is food to provide them with a varied diet. Unlike dogs and cats, you need to provide your bird with an array of different foods to keep it healthy and happy. Although similarly to dogs and cats, they do enjoy toys to play with that keep them entertained while you are at work or at the grocery store.
Above all, you need to understand that birds, like any pet, are an investment of time and money. They require a great deal of care, attention and thought. So only buy one if you are prepared for all of this – if you do you will be kicking off an incredibly rewarding process, yet it is always important to consider the animal’s welfare before anything else.
Here are five of the friendliest bird species that make great pets:
- Hyacinth Macaws