Owning an exotic pet bird can be such a rewarding experience as they make wonderful companions and are simply fun pets to have. However, several species of birds may live for a very long time and require years of commitment. So before you decide to buy some type of exotic bird, consider these seven factors first.
1) The Expense
Factor in all the cost associated with your bird including cage, food, toys, vet bills, vitamins, etc. Add this on to the cost of the bird itself. Is this particular bird one you can afford? Exotic birds range in prices from less than a hundred dollars to well over thousands of dollars.
2) Time And Commitment
How much time do you have to spend with your bird? If you are not home a lot, a canary or finch might be your best choice. Parakeets and parrots are a more social animal and require a lot of attention from their owner. Take into consideration the life expectancy of your bird. Parrots can live 50 years or more and bond so closely with their owner that it is difficult for them to accept a new owner.
3) Noise Level
Parrots will screech. Loudly. If you live in an apartment or condo, a noisy parrot is probably not going to make you too popular with the neighbors. Budgies, cockatiels and lovebirds can be noisy, but not as loud and may be the better choice.
4) The Cage
An exotic bird such as the parrot will never fare well in a cage that’s too small. You’ll need one that’s large enough for them to expand and exercise their wings, as well as leaving room for things such as a perch and any hanging toys or treats. The bird will also need an area outside of the cage for a perch or stand, so you’ll want to make sure you have enough space in your home to accommodate all of this before bringing your new pet home.
5) Maintenance and Care
It’s no secret that birds aren’t the cleanest choice of pets, and they can also be rather mischievous when out of their cages. When eating, count on having food flying around, and as for their droppings, birds aren’t always concerned with where they’ll end up. Birds can also be curious and known for chewing just about anything they can, so it’s important to make sure that they’ll be safe when out of the cage.
6) The Special Diet
Besides being finicky eaters at times, many species of birds will need a specialized diet in order to stay their healthiest. After learning what type of food you’ll need, make sure you’ll know where to buy it.
Some birds don’t like to be handled while others bond very closely with their owners and can actually be quite cuddly. If you want a social bird, you have to be able to devote the time the bird requires. Some birds will get downright neurotic if they don’t get the attention they need.