Did you know that it's been scientifically proven that some parrot species have the emotional complexity of a 5-year-old child? Keeping such intelligent creatures happy and comfortable in pet situations can seem like a full-time job, but if you know the basics of your bird's needs, it can be easy to make sure that your pet stays healthy and content. Read on to discover some of the secrets to making sure that your bird never has to deal with boredom, depression, or their unwanted side effects.
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Give your bird plenty of exercise.
In the wild, birds get all the exercise that they need by flying, foraging for food, and keeping themselves safe from predators. In captivity, it can be challenging to provide adequate exercise unless you make a concerted effort to do so. Offering your bird a few creative exercise outlets will not only keep your feathered friend in good physical condition, it will help make sure that they stay mentally stimulated, happy, and content in their home with you.
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Feed your bird a varied diet.
For years, bird experts have touted the benefits of feeding parrots fresh foods like fruits and vegetables in addition to commercially produced seed and pellet mixes. Not only are these foods important to ensure proper nutrition and vitamin intake, the very act of introducing new foods to your bird will cause excitement and mental stimulation in your feathered friend. In turn, you'll find that you have a much happier and healthier pet, and one who welcomes a variety of healthy, bird-safe foods in their dinner bowls.
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Take time every day to socialize with your bird.
Taking time to socialize and bond with any pet is important, but with non-domesticated animals like exotic birds, it is essential. Think about it -- why keep an animal that you don't have a good relationship with? Because birds must be tamed on an individual basis, it is very hard to keep them happy if you neglect to spend a proper amount of time with them. Be sure to set aside a minimum of 3 - 4 hours per day to handle and play with your bird in order to produce a happy and well-adjusted pet.
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Teach your bird how to do a few fun tricks.
It doesn't take a professional to teach a bird to do tricks -- in fact, birds tend to learn faster and more efficiently from people that they are strongly bonded to. Teaching your bird to perform a few fun bird tricks can do wonders for your relationship with your pet and your bird's general level of happiness. Plus, it's a blast to be able to show off how smart your pet is to friends and family! Just remember not to expect too much of your bird, and to keep your training sessions short, fun, and consistent. With a little practice, you'll be surprised at what your bird will be able to achieve!Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Choose appropriate cages and toys for your bird.
Busy work schedules and family commitments often make it hard for bird owners to spend every hour of every day with their pets, and that's understandable. It is important, however, to do everything you can to make sure that your bird is entertained during the times that you are unable to play with your feathered friend. Choosing interesting and appropriate bird toys and cage accessories is an important part of keeping your bird happy on a day to day basis. Remember that birds are a lot like toddlers, however, in that they will quickly get bored with the same old toys. Try to build up a collection of a variety of items that you can rotate in and out of your bird's cage in order to keep them "fresh" and interesting for your pet.