The three most important topics to factor for your pet birds are Habitat, Enrichment and Nutrition.

Habitat – You’ll want to provide the largest environment possible for your pet bird to fly and stretch. Providing perches that are shaped like branches or offering sand perches will help them naturally wear down their nails and prevent arthritis. It is also beneficial to add perches with different circumferences in order to allow your bird to vary their grip and maintain flexibility in their feet.

Enrichment – In the wild your bird would spend their whole life foraging, building, and finding food. Giving them toys that they can pick at and tear apart helps them care for their beaks and provides entertainment. Birds are highly intelligent and can become bored easily. Sometimes boredom leads to destructive and/or self harming behavior, so having lots of enrichment options and activities is important. Birds have the ability to see a larger color spectrum than humans and love colorful toys. Birds are vocal and enjoy toys that make noise, or play music. It is important to consider the amount of noise you (and your neighbors) can tolerate. Some birds are extremely loud, while others are quieter.

Nutrition – Proper nutrition is important for your bird’s longevity and health. There are pellet, seed and dried diets available. Your bird will benefit from all of these options that include seed, fruits, nuts, vegetables and grains. Each bird has different dietary needs so picking out the right blend is vital. Your bird’s health and feathers are impacted by the mix of foods.

Setting up your bird’s habitat can be fun and rewarding. Some pet birds can live up to 100 years! Creating a close bond with your pet by spending time with them and providing them with the best options for food, fun, and a place to call home will result in a long and happy life for your feathered friend, whether they’re a tiny little finch or a giant macaw.

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