Take a quick look around your home and make a mental note of the things you use every single day. Your bed, the water faucet, your bathtub, your television for entertainment, even your front door. Without these things our daily lives wouldn’t be so great, right? We may not realize it, but the same basic needs apply to our birds on a daily level as well.
Today we are talking all about home environment for your pet bird and how to ensure they remain happy, healthy and secure in their own space. Keep reading for tips directly from our staff avian specialist on how to design the perfect space for your bird.
Tip 1: Keep Those Nails Trimmed
Did you know birds require regular manicures to keep their toes and feet in a healthy condition? For some owners the idea of trimming their birds’ nails can be intimidating. That’s where pedi-perches come to the rescue. Imagine them as a nail file disguised as a perch. They are extremely effective in keeping your birds’ nails filed down and healthy, without the hassle of trimming them yourself. Our avian specialist recommends investing in one or two for your bird’s cage, depending on the size of your bird.
Tip 2: Perches Designed for Foot Health
Bumblefoot is an issue in birds when only one perch diameter is provided. Installing multiple real wood perches of different diameters can help keep your bird happy and healthy. We offer many real wood perches and additional pet bird cage accessories for sale on our website.
Tip 3: Splish Splash, Your Bird Wants a Bath
Our avian specialist recommends a shallow dish of fresh room temperature water be provided for your bird each day. Birds are actually quite hygienic pets and enjoy bathing, preening and keeping clean on a daily basis. Take note – room temperature water is best, it’s easy for birds to catch a chill when drying off after a bath in warm water.
Tip 4: Let’s Play!
Just as we humans value entertainment, so does your bird. Make sure to provide your bird with a variety of toys in their cage to keep them mentally stimulated and happy. Chewable toys, foraging toys, and toys designed to keep your bird active (like ladders and swings) are just some to consider. Birds who become bored can be destructive to both themselves and their environment, so rotate 1 toy in your bird’s cage once or twice a week to avoid any boredom. Check out our wide variety of pet bird toys for sale on our website.
Tip 5: Location, Location, Location
The placement of your bird’s cage can either contribute to or prevent feelings of safety, security and happiness. As a general rule, never place your bird’s cage in front of a window or mirror. Birds are unable to realize that there is a barrier between them and what’s on the other side of the window or mirror so this placement can make them feel extremely vulnerable. Placing your cage in the corner of a room or with one side against a wall is best. Also, remember your bird requires 12 hours of sleep. If your bird’s cage is located in a room where people spend time late into the evening, then you should invest in a cage cover to allow your bird to get their required sleep. You can read more about our specific cage recommendations for each bird on our website by reading our blog called What Cage Should I Choose for My Pet Bird?
As you can see there are many factors to be considered when preparing for your bird’s home environment to ensure they remain happy, healthy and secure in their own space. The Finch Farm is dedicated to making sure you, the customer, feel confident in your decisions which is why we have customer support agents available 7 days a week to answer any questions you may have.
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