A bird can be a wonderful pet for your family.They can fit very well into a family and your children will love playing with them. Before you get any bird you should research the breed and realize that your new pet will require care and love from your family. If you have small children that birds can not be treated with a rough hand. In this article I would like to give you some things to think about before you get your first bird as a pet.
First, before you select any bird make sure you understand the needs of that specific breed. Some require more space, some require more attention and some are just much more difficult to care for.
Second, space is a very important issue. If you have limited space for an adequate size cage for your bird do not choose a large bird such as a parrot. You may want to choose a canary, finch or parakeet. You want to make sure there is enough room in the cage for your bird to get exercise.
Third, if you have chosen a bird that requires attention affection you and your family better be around for them. Some birds such as Cockatiels require human companionship. Some birds are happy to sit on their human owners shoulder all day. If you have chosen a breed that requires human attention, make sure you and your family will be there for the bird.
Fourth, most birds love to be taken out of their cage and handled by their owner. You must learn how to properly handle your bird and make sure you are not hurting the bird. Handling your bird will make for a much closer relationship with your bird.
Fifth, learn what is the proper diet for your bird. The diet of birds vary greatly by breed. You also want to learn what could be hazardous for your bird, such as house plants. With good nutrition your bird can live a long and healthy life.
Lastly, take the time and learn the steps for training your bird. A well trained bird is no different from any other pet it becomes a valuable and desirable member of your family.