A Beginner’s Guide and Expert’s Reminder to Pet Bird Care

A Beginner’s Guide and Expert’s Reminder to Pet Bird Care

Last Updated on by Catherine Tobsing

Whether you’re a seasoned pet bird lover or novice companion, this blog post has got you covered.

From choosing the right bird breed to creating a comfortable living space while providing healthy meals, we’ve got all the tips and tricks you need to keep your avian pal tweeting with joy!

So, whether you’re looking for a feathery companion to brighten up your life or just want to learn more about these fascinating creatures, sit back, relax, and dive into the wonderful world of pet bird care!

Choosing the Right Bird

So, you’ve decided to bring a feathered friend into your life – congratulations!

But before you start envisioning yourself as a modern-day Snow White, flitting around the house with a cute little birdie perched on your shoulder, there are some things you need to consider.

Namely, the size and energy level of the bird species you’re considering. You don’t want to end up with a high-energy, high-maintenance bird that requires an aviary the size of a small country, or worse yet, a bird that’s bored out of its mind in a tiny cage.

That would be like living in a cramped studio apartment with nothing to do but stare at the walls all day.

Trust me, you don’t want to be that kind of pet bird keeper.

Do your research, figure out what kind of bird suits your lifestyle and living situation, and most importantly, make sure you can provide your new pet with all the love, care, and attention it needs to thrive.

Because at the end of the day, whether you’re a bird person or not, we can all agree that this world could use a little more love and companionship – even if it comes in the form of an adorable little parrot.

A bird person expects to have a vacuum in their hand ~ daily.

Some of the many truths about large parrots are bigger bird ~ bigger brain ~ bigger sound ~ bigger poop.

Thus I was concerned (back in the day when I was a younger man) pulling up to a high-density apartment complex delivering a 40 X 40 wrought iron 130 LB dometop birdcage ~ most likely for a large macaw.

Arriving with box one, the small apartment couldn’t conceal three other cages with 2 scarlets and 2 blue and golds, clearly all breeders.

“How do you hide the noise, Amigo?” I boldly asked.

“I don’t try, most tenants are illegals so complaints are never filed ~ with anyone”, he replied already slitting tape from the larger box ~ not his first rodeo.

Moral of the story? Rules are dictated by you and your bird’s environment, not the “internet.”

The majority of bird species when cared for properly require a long-term commitment,  feathered friends can stick (think Velcro) by your side for decades.

Do your homework and make sure you’re ready for the long haul before taking the plunge into pet bird ownership.

If you’re in high school, do your plans call for an out-of-state university?

Who will take your bird when you move?

If you are seniors, like us, baby birds will outlive you. Are you ready to setup up and rescue an older bird?

Moreover, if you’re thinking of getting a blue and gold macaw parrot as your new feathery companion, you should prepare yourself for a lot of time and effort.

Your grandchildren’s safety needs to be considered when they visit although socializing the bird with them as their future flock certainly has its merits.

These beautiful birds are incredibly intelligent and require constant mental and physical stimulation to remain happy and healthy.

You’ll need to invest money and time in plenty of toys, perches, and social interaction to keep your large macaw or tiny parrotlet entertained and engaged.

7 Species of Parrots to Consider as Pets

Chop is all the rage for parrots today without one thought that “chop” has commercial food.

Remember, the time commitment required to care for a pet bird shouldn’t be taken lightly.

But if you’re up for the challenge, the reward of having a loyal and loving macaw by your side is priceless.

So go ahead, spread your wings, and take on the challenge of caring for a pet bird!

Setting Up the Perfect Home

You can’t just give your cockatiel any old home and call it a day. These feathered friends require a special kind of crib to thrive! First things first, let’s talk about cage size.

You don’t want your little buddy feeling cramped and uncomfortable, so make sure to select a cage that is spacious enough for them to spread their wings and if lucky enough, fly around.

As for bedding, steer clear of anything too dusty or fragrant, as this can irritate your bird’s delicate respiratory system.

Stick to plain old newspaper or paper towels instead.

And finally, be mindful of food and water placement.

You wouldn’t want to eat your meals next to your toilet, right?

Well, neither does your cockatiel! Make sure to set up their dishes in a clean corner of their cage away from any poop or debris. 

Follow these simple tips and you’ll be well on your way to creating a happy home for your winged companion!

Observe where your bird spends its time so you can avoid “poop trajectories” over regular landing areas or preferred toys.

As a proud owner of an African Grey Parrot, it’s crucial to understand how to keep them comfortable in their living space.

When it comes to their cage, size does matter! You want them to be able to stretch their wings and move around with ease.

Don’t be cheap with their living quarters – they deserve the best! And as for bedding, stick to all-natural materials like unused newsprint paper to avoid any pesky dust particles from interfering with their precious respiratory health.

Or consider paper made especially for birds in cages, even available in precut sizes.

Trust me, you don’t want your Grey Parrot sneezing up a storm or getting any sort of respiratory illness. Keep them cozy and healthy in their little habitat, and they’ll reward you with plenty of chatty and entertaining company!

Next, when it comes to owning an active smaller bird like a Caique, it’s important to remember that they are highly social creatures who thrive on interaction with their owner.

Make sure you give them plenty of attention and playtime, or else they may become bored and start picking at their feathers – which nobody wants!

Additionally, keep in mind that proper hygiene is crucial for the health and happiness of your feathered friend.

Regularly clean their cage and toys to prevent any bacteria buildup.

Find Poop-Off Birdcage Cleaner on Windy City Parrot Here

And last but not least, don’t forget to give them plenty of love and cuddles – after all, who doesn’t love a snuggly pet bird?

Just don’t go overboard. No petting below the neck so as not to trigger sexual feelings.

So whether you’re a seasoned bird owner or new to the game, with these tips in mind, you can ensure your parrot is living its best life.

Healthy Diet & Nutrition for Your Pet

Owning a pet bird is no easy feat, and requires a lot of responsibility. Ensuring your pet bird has a healthy diet and nutrition plan is critical to its overall well-being.

After all, you wouldn’t want to be munching on junk food all day every day, and neither should your bird.

It’s important to know what type of food and feeding schedule is appropriate for the type of bird that you own.

“Pet Bird Food: A Guide to Nourishing Your Birds and Parrots”

Different breeds have different dietary needs, so don’t let your grey choke on a meal meant for a canary.

Taking care of your bird’s nutrition is not just about physical health, it also contributes to their mental stimulation and emotional wellbeing. So, don’t be a bird brain, and remember to feed your feathered friend a balanced diet.

As a Caique owner, I know the importance of giving my feathered friend a balanced and nutritious diet.

Sure, pellets are great and all, but let’s be real – who wants to eat the same thing every day?

That’s why it’s crucial to supplement your pet bird’s diet with fresh veggies, fruits, nuts, and cooked grains.

Not only will it add variety to their meals, but it’ll also provide them with essential vitamins and minerals.

And let’s not forget about protein sources!

Your parrot needs a range of proteins to meet its nutritional requirements, so don’t be afraid to offer boiled eggs or other sources such as cooked chicken or fish.

Trust me; your bird will thank you for the delicious and varied meals.

Furthermore, owning a large macaw parrot requires a certain level of commitment and responsibility.

These magnificent birds are not only intelligent and social creatures, but they also have unique dietary needs that must be met in order to maintain their health and well-being.

As such, it is crucial to seek the guidance of a qualified avian veterinarian when preparing meals for your feathered friend.

By taking the time to educate yourself about your macaw parrot’s specific dietary requirements, you can help ensure that they thrive under your care.

So go ahead and stock up on plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and high-quality pellets – your feathered companion will thank you for it!

Keeping Your Pet Stimulated & Happy

When it comes to pet birds, keeping them entertained is no small feat. These feathered friends require constant stimulation to keep their little bird brains happy and healthy.

Take canaries, for example.

They may be small, but they are mighty in their need for mental and physical activity. That’s why it’s essential to provide them with a variety of toys, perches, and play structures to keep them engaged. And don’t forget about their physical exercise!

These little guys love to fly, so giving them plenty of opportunities to spread their wings is crucial. So go ahead and spoil your canary with all the birdy entertainment they could ever want. Who knows? Maybe they’ll even thank you with a chirpy little tune.

As a proud owner of a beautiful cockatiel, I can attest to the fact that spending quality time with your feathered friend is an absolute necessity.

These intelligent creatures require not only proper nutrition and clean living space but also emotional stimulation to lead happy and healthy lives.

That’s where bonding activities such as training sessions and chatty conversations come into play.

Trust me, your cockatiel will appreciate being spoken to like the intelligent being they are rather than just being constantly admired for their looks.

So, make sure you set aside some one-on-one time with your little feathered friend every day.

Your bond will only grow stronger, and who knows, maybe they’ll even learn a few new tricks to show off to their birdie buddies.

In conclusion, if you want your cockatiel to be the happiest bird on the block, it’s time to introduce some fun features into their habitat.

Cockatiel perched on headboard in front of windo

Gone are the days of a boring cage with nothing to do but stare at the wall. With the addition of mirrors, bells, ladders, swings, and other stimulating items, your feathered friend will be mentally and physically engaged all day long.

Who knows, they might even become the talk of the birdcage.

So go ahead and spoil your cockatiel, because a happy bird makes for a happy owner. 


Now that you’ve read through all of our advice, we hope you feel confident and ready to welcome a feathered friend into your home.

There’s nothing quite like the joy of watching your bird soar, sing and play.

Remember, creating a happy and healthy environment for your avian pal is all about love, patience, and attention to detail.

But with a little effort and a lot of love, you’ll soon have a companion that will brighten up your days for years to come.

Written by Mitch Rezman
Approved by Catherine Tobsing

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