So you’re thinking about adopting a bird? That is so exciting! There are many things to consider before you take the leap and bring a feathered friend into your life. It is important to know all the facts going in so that you can make the best decision for both the bird and yourself. Let’s discuss the top things to know before adopting a bird.

Birds Wake Up Early

There’s a reason the phrase goes “the early bird gets the worm.” Birds wake up early! Are you a morning person or do you prefer to stay up all night and sleep late? Birds may wake up very early in the morning or even in the middle of the night so it’s important to be prepared for a change in schedule. It is important to establish a regular schedule for your bird. This requires several months and requires a lot of patience.

Birds Are Noisy

Do you live in an apartment? Have a roommate? Birds can be noisy. The level of noise will likely depend on the species of bird you bring home. Larger birds, like macaws, tend to be very noisy but that’s not to say smaller budgies can’t sing their own glorious song.

Birds Need Special Care

It is important to establish a relationship with a veterinarian specializing in avians. Annual checkups are essential for your feathered friend.

Birds Can Be Expensive

To give you an idea of the range you might pay for your pet bird, the average cost to purchase a larger bird such as a macaw is around $1200, and about $115 for a budgie. Birds also require a highly nutritious diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds, etc. This is not to mention the cost of regular vet care, an enclosure, supplies, and toys.

Birds Are Sensitive

Birds have an extremely sensitive respiratory system. Say goodbye to candles and air fresheners. Exposure to things like candles, air fresheners oils, cleaning supplies, and other chemicals can result in ongoing illness or even sudden death in birds. Get rid of your Teflon and nonstick cookware. These give off an odorless fume when heated which is extremely fatal to birds. No smoking in the house as this can also cause harm to your new friend. It is important to wash your hands after smoking before handling your bird and be aware of lingering smoke on your clothes and in your home as these can also do harm to your bird.

Birds Can Be Messy

Birds can be messy messy messy. You should make sure you have the time to keep up with cleaning up after them in the areas around their enclosure and inside the enclosure itself.

Birds Require Time and Attention

It takes a lot of time and effort to tame and socialize a new bird. You must be prepared to handle and interact with your pet bird daily. Birds need socialization to maintain their physical and mental health.

Birds make great pets but should not be brought home on a whim. It is important to do the proper research and make sure you’re able to give them the proper time, work, and attention.

Things to Know Before Adopting a Bird

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