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Pet Birds and Things You Should Know Before You Get One

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I'm Ramona and I love all types of animals. They all have heart and soul. You just have to pay attention to them.


Birds can make good pets

Birds are great companions if you take the time to train them.

They can understand every word you say to them. Don't underestimate them because they are small.

I own a Quaker Parrot and she reminds me of a Puppy since she plays like one. Biting, wrestling, playing chase, fetches a ball.

Except she can talk and puppies can't.

Owning a Bird, especially a Parrot is a much greater responsibility than you realize.

Many potential owners tend to regard a parrot as a beautiful or amusing object, not as an individual that is almost as complex emotionally as a human.



Spraying any disinfectant's or air fresheners in the same room that your bird is in will Kill it. Very Dangerous!

If you like to spray air fresheners then make sure your bird is not in the same room that you are spraying. Move the cage and bird into another room all together. Then after 30 minutes you can return the bird.

How I Hand Fed Four Baby Robin Birds

The Adult Robin parent's left 4 babies, 4 days after they hatched.

I started taking care of them. Little did I know this was going to be a time consuming difficult task.

First I had to feed them every 30 minutes. I did this for 3 days. They would chirp constantly until I would come outside to feed them.

Then, it went to every hour, then every 2 hours and so on. They stayed with me for 8 weeks. Luckily they taught each other how to search for bugs and worms. How to fly out of the nest one by one. Then at the end I only had to feed them every 4-6 hours. In between my feeding them. They would venture off by themselves only flying a few yards away from their nest. I would call for them and all four would come from different places and return to the feeding spot where I would feed them.

Then one day they flew off and never returned. I still think about them hoping they would come back to visit me. It was a difficult experience. I did not get much sleep those eight weeks. But it was most gratifying since they all survived.

I still to this day look for them hoping they will stop by. For all I know, they just might have.

Raising 4 baby Robin birds from my back yard


African Grey Parrot

African Grey parrots are considered to be talented talking parrots. Unlike other parrots, wild African Greys have been documented imitating the calls of several other species. African Grey parrots have been tested using rigorous scientific standards, and are classed alongside the most intelligent animal species. Wild African Grey Parrots frequently whistle, shriek, squeak, click, etc. The African Grey owner should expect to hear regular renditions of the microwave, telephone, alarm clocks, dripping water, wild birds, video games, and any other electronic sound that is often heard by the parrot. Learning to tolerate and even respect this natural quality of your Grey is important if a peaceful, pleasant companion pet relationship is to be maintained.

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Hyacinth Macaw

The peaceful bird

H yacinth macaws have the nickname "gentle giants: because of their peaceful nature. they also seem to always have a smile on their face. Incredibly strong, they can talk, cuddle, crack nuts like no nutcracker you've ever owned, and bathe like a duck! This is one of the most easy going laid back of the macaws.They require a very special diet of expensive nuts. Hyacinths eat mainly raw nuts in shell such as macadamias, Brazil nuts, walnuts, filberts, almonds, and hazel nuts and fresh coconut. They really do not eat vegetables and fruits very well in most cases. They will also take snails.


Hand-rearing of this species can be difficult and, tragically, many chicks die each year at the hands of inexperienced hand-feeders.

The Hyacinth Macaw is 100 cm (39 in) long and 1.5-2 kg (3.3-4.4 lb) in weight. The wingspan is 120-140 cm (48-56 in). It is almost entirely blue and has black under the wings. It has a large black beak with bright yellow along the sides of the lower part of the beak and also yellow circling its eyes. The female and male are nearly indistinguishable, although the female is typically a bit more slender.



Finch are cute and quiet little birds . Although they don't interact with us and they can't be trained like the other birds here on this lens. They are very energetic and nice to watch. It might be possible to tame them a bit but they have to be raised from a baby and interacted with on a daily basis.

Finches require minimal interaction and are easy to care for. Their "chirps" are soft and sweet don't think it can ever be annoying.

It's best to have two so they can interact with each other.

It is a perfect pet for Apartment owners. Since they are so small and the cages are too. Some people hang the cage from a small link chain from the ceiling in a basket type cage., which is very adorable.

Foods should include finch seed, millet, sprouts, plenty of fresh water daily. Cover them up at night to prevent any disturbances.

Quaker Parrots are very Demanding


Quaker Parrot

Also known as Monk Parakeet

Quaker Parrot sometimes called Hooded Parrots or Monk Parakeet . They are Intelligent and social birds and can live up to 30 years. They can be fussy and overly protective about their cages. They like their cages to be a certain way. They don't like to much change and can tell if anything has been moved, taken away or added to the room.

Quakers are known for their talking ability.

The following foods are toxic to your Quaker: Avocados, chocolate, apple seeds, and the pits of most fruits, i.e. cherry, peach, etc.

Unfortunately they are Illegal to own and sell in 10 States. Contact your state's Fish & Wildlife Department to find out if Quaker Parrots are legal in your state.

Egg from a Quaker Parrot



Parrots have a strong, direct flight. Most species spend most of their time perched or climbing in tree canopies. They often use their bills for climbing by gripping or hooking on branches and other supports. On the ground they often walk with a rolling gait. Parrots have the distinction of being able to mimic human speech and are considered the most intelligent of birds. Parrots can make excellent companion animals, and can form close, affectionate bonds with their owners.

The diet of parrots consists of seeds, fruit, nectar, pollen, buds, and sometimes insects.


Budgerigar (Parakeet)

Parakeets come in all sorts of colors. They are very entertaining and have a sweet little chirp you just can't resist.

They can be trained to speak and do tricks and are easy to maintain. Since they are so small they don't require large cages and won't take up much space in the house.

Some foods they enjoy are millet, grass seed, fruits, pellets, seeds and oats.


Neglecting the bird will make them fight back with full Amo

It only takes a few minutes a day to spend with your bird if that is all the time you have

When your bird keeps biting you it is just displaying dominance over you. Don't scream, holler or make any hand movements, because the bird will know you are afraid of it and will just keep on biting you for it's own enjoyment. The situation will only get worse.

Instead in a soft voice say "No biting, that's not nice". Distract him by doing or saying something else, just change the subject!

If you never interact or talk to your bird it will not learn to respond to you. Believe me they understand more than you think they do.

Just start off by doing and saying the same things and words over and over a few times each day. Until you see their response to it.

They seem to love music. if you sing and dance to music in front of them, they will eventually mimic you.

Keep your bird healthy

Healthy Habits

Here are some tips to keep your bird Healthy

1) Wash your Bird's food bowls with warm, soapy water each day. Keep a second set of bowls on hand so you can switch out the dirty set with the clean set.

2) Encourage your bird or birds to do something active.

3) Start your bird's day with a healthy breakfast. You might want to introduce it to new healthy foods, such as Mashed sweet potato, sprouted seed and leafy vegetables.

4) Wash your hands before handling your bird.

5) Protect your bird from exposure to toxic fumes in your home. Avoid using aerosols or trigger sprayed products near your bird.

6) Change the bedding in your birds cage at least every other day and wipe down it's perches and toys.

7) Don't put your bird's Perches over their food and water dishes, you don't want them defecating into the dishes.

Bird bath

Birds like to stay clean and they love water. It is so adorable to watch them bathe.

Bathing is a necessity for them. This keeps their feathers soft and fluffy, washes any little critters off. Gets rid of their Feather Dust. Bathing is important to a bird's health.

1) Use only plain, clear water.

2) Only bathe your bird during the warmest part of the day.

3) Make sure the water is a comfortable temperature.

4) Never saturate your bird's feathers.

5) You can use a fine mist from a clean spray bottle

6) Make sure there is no draft in the room


Bird Care

When trimming your bird's nails, to reduce stress for yourself and your bird, work quickly to trim the nails and then release your pet. Talk softly to your bird and reassure him as you work. Wrap your bird in a towel and hold securely by the neck and it's feet gripping your finger or hand. Do not apply pressure to it's chest for any reason. Then, trim only the tips of the nail. When it's all over you should praise your bird for being good.

Birds love Chewing, Foraging, Problem solving, Climbing, Shredding and Destroying. you should accommodate them with various toy's to keep them busy. Just don't over crowd their cage.


A Comfortable bird is a Happy bird

If your little birdie is not happy at home, he will let you know by making loud sounds. When I say loud sounds it will be the same sound over and over again. Instead of sweet whistling songs.

Be sure to chose the right size cage. He should have plenty of room to spread his wings and hop around. Not like "TWEETY" here. Which only has room for his swing.

Your bird's cage serves as it's bedroom and it should be where it can get 10-12 hours of sleep. Be sure to cover the cage at night so it can have it's quiet time to sleep.

Feather Plucking in birds

What causes feather plucking?

Environmental problems worth considering are a cage that is too small for the bird, using the wrong types of perches, exposure to airborne toxins, low humidity, the wrong kind of lighting, All of these things are distressing to a bird and may cause it to pluck its feathers

Physical problems include viral infections, bacterial and fungal infections, external parasites, allergies, poor wing-feather trimming, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and trauma. All of these can be diagnosed by a qualified avian vet and treated accordingly. Once the immediate problem is dealt with, the real cause behind the behavior can be addressed and the chances of the bird continuing this behavior become slim.

According to research, certain species of parrots, cockatoos, cockatiels, parakeets and lovebirds are particularly predisposed to this sort of destructive behavior.Especially if they are not getting enough attention from you. It can also be that the bird is losing it's feathers due to not getting the right nutritions it needs.


Water is Important

Make sure your bird is consuming water

Some birds don't drink enough water. Which can cause dehydration. You should keep an eye on that. If you have a bird that isn't drinking water then experiment with some of these ideas that introduce some source of liquid.

1) Moist food's, fruit's and vegetable's.

2) Maybe your bird doesn't want a water dish and prefers a Water Bottle

My bird doesn't drink much plain water but she LOVES to drink cherry Koolaid.

Once a day she likes to have her pellets dissolved in warm water made into a mush.She cleans her beak in her water dish after eating.

So you see she does get water in one way or another. This is what I mean with Experimenting.

Parrots Enjoy Pellet Food

Birds are Little pigs in a cage!

I have to warn you, birds are messy little critters. Especially if you let their play time be out and around their cage. Then you have food and their droppings all over the floor.

I let my Quaker Parrot ( Schatzi) out of her cage during the day. She pretty much has her own room. She has a play stand and other perches branching from her cage. My husband took a big sheet of Plexo glass, cut it to the size I wanted and laid it in front of the cage and play area.

It catches all her droppings. Then all I have to do is wipe up everything with a damp cloth. Saves a lot of time and keeps the mess off the floor.


Choosing the right bird

Consider some of these before you decide.

Don't get just any bird! When in a pet store communicate with the one your getting ready to choose. See how it interacts with you. Choose a young one over an older one so you can train it.

Consider getting a bird as a pet if you have a quiet, tranquil home where your new friend can get his bearings in peace. If your household is boisterous or you have small children, a bird may not be your best choice.

A bird is easily startled at every sudden noise, squeal, or laugh, and if there is a lot of commotion, a bird will be forever wary and grumpy.

If you want a bird that thinks he's a person, consider getting a parrot. This is the biggest, the smartest, one of the most expensive, and perhaps the most beautiful of all pet birds. But parrots also require the most supervision and attention. They live a long time and continue acquiring personality traits for as long as they live. You'll spend a lot of time -- perhaps a lifetime -- with a parrot and you should be ready for a serious commitment before you buy.

If you have a house with plenty of space and you need a little company, nothing could be better than a large talking bird.

A new African gray parrot will learn a vocabulary of about 200 words and will become a chatty friend. Or you could get several finches, canaries or a couple of lovebirds. They will sing and chirp and provide plenty of chatty company for you.

Before you decide on a particular type of bird, think about how much interaction you want to have. A parrot can make a wonderfully chatty companion, but just try to get him into a cage, and you'll get quite an earful. In general, the larger and smarter the bird, the less he's going to tolerate a life behind bars.

If you aren't looking for an interactive bird, your best bet is something smaller, perhaps a canary or finch. These birds have very pleasant calls, and some have brilliant plumage as well. They are perfectly content in their cages and don't need to be brought out. In fact, they don't like much contact with people. They'd rather be admired from afar.

If you're looking for a cuddly, friendly, social bird, ask for one that has been hand-fed. As the name suggests, these birds were removed from the nest as newborns and fed by hand. They are completely tame and comfortable around people. After they warm up to you, they will not fuss or start when you try to bring them outside their cages. In fact, they love human contact. You can find a hand-fed bird in almost any variety, from an exotic parrot to a common finch. These birds cost a bit more than birds born in captivity and raised by their mothers.

If you do get a hand-fed bird, you will need to bring your pet out, hold her, and talk to her every day. Otherwise, she will be miserable. Birds raised in captivity can stay in their cages most of the time and will need only to get out for a little air about once a week.

Thank you for stopping by


© 2009 Ramona

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Diane Cass from New York on April 18, 2012:

My husband is quite good with birds. We had a pair of cockatiels and he taught the male to whistle TV themes, like to the Flintsones, and Andy Griffith Show. He was quite a character...the bird that is. You are right. Birds are VERY smart, especially parrots.

filcaske1 lm on February 13, 2012:

Excellent lens! Thank You for sharing this with us! Very informative! I also have a lens on bird cages if you want to check it out. I have a lovebird and a parakeet, Used to have 2 lovebirds but one sadly passed away, we put the lovebird and parakeet in the same cage, and to my surprise, they bonded quickly and are best friends now! Cuddling just like they were both lovebirds :)

readabooki on January 27, 2012:

Great lens on having a bird as a pet. You have good information on the different types of pet birds. We got parakeets a few years ago and adopted a rescue Cockatoo. I never had birds as pets before but it is really way more fun than I ever thought.

gottaloveit2 on December 06, 2011:

Came back to review what I'd missed the first time on this great article. I've gotten more used to my new parakeet and have seen the intelligence you speak of. Amazing bird.

benzwm021 lm on November 05, 2011:

Great info! I love that they're are others working for healthy and happy pet birds everywhere! Check out my bird cage page for more info at

gottaloveit2 on October 24, 2011:

I just got a parakeet for my elderly mom to watch. I've been working on hand taming him (or her) but it's slow going. So far, he'll do "up" and hop on my finger. He's trained me though - when he comes to the far edge of his cage and peers at me, he wants a treat. Ha. He gets one!

mikehoward on September 04, 2011:

Very nice lens, I have had several Budgie's in my life, even had one that talked. Fascinating creatures, motivated me to learn how to fly ultralight airplanes. Earned the title bird man from the local airport.


Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on June 14, 2011:

Great lens, loved it. Brought back memories of my father, he had a talking Budgie.

I also used to breed budgies, but have given it up, as it does require time to look after them properly.


Ramona (author) from Arkansas on April 01, 2011:

@JoyfulPamela2: thank you so much!!!!!!! i am honored by your blessing.

JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on April 01, 2011:

Birds are beautiful! *SquidAngel Blessed! =D

julieannbrady on August 08, 2010:

Ah, do you know that I have long admired birds and watching them in their natural habitat. You see, birds are such beautiful creatures and so enchanting to watch and photograph. I've had such a delightful time visiting your birds -- thank you.

Delia on February 23, 2010:

very cute lens and lost of information...5*...I have one cousin that has three large Parrots and another cousin with a Budgie... I use to have 5 Budgies, Cannaries and just a cat...

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