Is a bird the right pet for me?
IS A BIRD THE RIGHT PET FOR ME
Just like dogs, birds have specific personality characteristics particular to certain breeds. You want to be sure to choose a bird that is right for your lifestyle. The first thing you might want to consider are the costs involved. If you cannot afford the right cage, toys and proper food, then you cannot afford a bird. The cost of the bird itself is only one thing to consider. Questions to ask yourself before purchasing are:
Do you know which species you are interested in?
Will the bird be a good fit for your family dynamic?
Will the bird bond with one person in your house?
Do you want a bird that is independent or that likes to snuggle?
Do you want a bird that wants a lot of your time?
ALLERGIES & BIRDS:
If you are prone to allergies or breathing problems you may want to stay away from Cockatoos, Cockatiels and African Greys, as they produce a lot of dust. Daily showers help with this but do not eliminate the issue completely.
WHERE WILL YOU AND YOUR BIRD LIVE?
Some birds can be quite loud so if you will be in an apartment or something similar you might want to rule out a Macaw, Cockatoo and some Conures. Some of the quieter birds are the African Gray, Amazons, Eclectus and some Conures, such as the Green Cheek Conure.
HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU NEED TO SPEND WITH YOUR BIRD?
Be very careful to only spend the time with your bird that you will be able to continue giving it daily. It is natural in the beginning to spend a lot of time with the new bird when you first get it, be careful of this as it is not fair to the bird. Cockatoos need a lot of time and attention, kind of like having a 2 year old for life. Amazons, Macaws, Quakers and most Conures can entertain themselves as long as they have a roomy cage and plenty of interesting toys that are switched out regularly and they have plenty of out of the cage time. African Greys don’t care to be out of the cage, they just like to be near you.
CAN I BUY AN UNWEANED BABY?
We will consider selling a baby that is un-weaned IF you have had prior experience handfeeding and are willing to come to us and let us be sure you are able and comfortable to do so. This is on a case by case basis.
WHEN WILL MY BABY BE WEANED AND READY TO COME HOME?
It is different for each species. We do not FORCE babies to wean, as long as they want or need formula, we give it. When they have refused formula for a few days and maintained their weight then we know they are ready to go to their new home.
IS MY BABY A BOY OR GIRL?
In most birds we do not know, we can only guess. We will perform a DNA sexing test for an additional cost. We do this by clipping the toenail and getting a little blood and sending it into a lab. This takes about 10-14 days. We wait until babies have plenty of feathers before we test.
CAN BIRDS SMELL AND SEE COLORS?
They don’t have much sense of smell but they have very keen eye sight. Many birds even have favorite colors and you will see this in their toys and the colors of food they will eat or not eat.
COVERING YOUR BIRDS CAGE?
Covering your bird’s cage is for sure a personal preference. They do not have to be covered but they do need a sense of bedding down or a dark undisturbed area for at least 10-12 hours at night. If you do cover their cage you can expect for them to let you know when it is bed time.
HOW OFTEN WILL MY BIRD SLEEP?
Birds like 10-12 hours of sleep at night. Just like kids they may be grumpy if they don’t get enough sleep.
IS REGURGITATING FOOD NORMAL?
Yes, it is completely normal and is sometimes a sign of affection, they feed those they are most bonded to.
SHOULD I GET A FRIEND FOR MY PET BIRD?
Absolutely, you can, but they do not need one. A tame bird that is bonded to a person does not need another bird for company. Let me caution you: when you introduce a new bird in the same cage, you MUST watch them closely to make sure they do not fight. Also, be aware that sometimes the 2 will bond and no longer need you as their companion. Any 2 birds of different species and sizes should be housed separately. We recommend to cage the birds separately but close to each other. This allows them to still have each other’s company but also maintain the bond they have with their owner.
IF I HAVE A MALE AND FEMALE WILL THEY BREED?
Not necessarily. It really depends on the species. A Cockatiel female may lay eggs with or without a mate. However, Quakers and Green Cheek Conure females typically will not lay eggs without a mate AND a nest box. If your female does lay eggs it is important to leave them or she will continue to lay trying to replace them. If your bird is laying, it is important to be sure they have plenty of calcium.