6 Things You Should Know Before You Get A Bird

Should I Get A Pet Bird?

1. You will probably have to buy new cookware! You might be surprised to learn that Teflon and many other “Non-Stick” cookware can be fatal to birds. When pans coated with this material are heated they can give off an odorless fume that is deadly to birds – killing them within minutes. You will most likely need to stick with stainless steel.

2. Scented candles and air fresheners are also dangerous. Much like Teflon they give off fumes that can be deadly to your bird. Birds have very sensitive respiratory systems and are easily poisoned by fumes in the air.

3. Smoking in the house is another big problem for birds. Even handling your pet bird after smoking outside can be dangerous to your tethered friend.

4. Birds are very messy! You will certainly want a good vacuum if you plan to purchase a pet bird. You should expect to vacuum or sweep daily to keep up with the flow of seeds and other debris that birds push from their cage. Are you up to this task?

5. Being the owner of a bird takes a lot of time. Because Birds are not domesticated (like a cat or dog), they have to be tamed on an individual basis. This process takes time and a little bit of skill. In most cases you should plan to handle and interact with your bird every day. and as mentioned before daily cage cleaning also takes up more time than many are willing to spend.

6. Noise! birds are all different but many are very noisy critters. They can be screeching and chirping at all hours of the day or night.

Having a bird can also be a lot of fun. If you are willing to put in the time these beautiful creatures can be great companions and they are loads of fun to watch.

Before making the decision to get a bird I suggest talking with someone who has a bird or who has had birds in the past. They can offer you a lot of insight and help answer your questions about bird care.