Boredom and depression can be quite common in our pets if they are not kept happy, and this goes for birds too! Birds are remarkably intelligent and need to be looked after, and these basic tips are quick and easy to make sure your feathery friend is kept content in life.
KEEPING THEM ACTIVE
Wild birds are very active creatures. It’s all part of their survival. But captive birds require a bit more effort to get going. Providing some mental and physical stimulation can be as simple as giving them a cereal box with toys inside, or an old phone book for them to shred. You can also try filling a container with shredded paper to hide treats, toys, twigs, leather strips, popsicle sticks, wooden clothes pegs and more bird-safe items!
FEED A GOOD DIET
Providing your bird a mixture of fresh fruit and vegetables along with the commercially bought seed and pellet mixes will give them a proper and nutritious diet. You’ll also be surprised how much introducing a new food will excite your bird!
Spending time with your bird is the key to bonding with them, and they will love it too! Spend at least 3-4 hours daily handling and playing with your bird. This may seem like a lot of time, but it can be done while watching television and relaxing. It is also a great stress reliever to spend time with pets.
Birds are surprisingly quick to learn new tricks and with a little patience and effort you can have them do things that won’t only stimulate them mentally, but will also impress your friends! Most commonly, birds will learn faster from people they are close to. A tip for training sessions – keep them short, fun and consistent.
Because we’re all busy creatures, toys and cage accessories can keep your bird endlessly entertained while you’re not there. It’s important to change things up a bit, as birds have the general mindset of a 5 year old toddler and will grow bored of the same toys if they are around too long. For this reason, rotation is key!
Birds make fantastic and fulfilling pets. With a little bit of organisation and patience your can make their lives as full and content as they make yours!
DISCLAIMER: The advice given in this article is of a general nature. Pet Guardians Australia recommends a health check with your local vet at least once a year for advice pertaining to your pet's individual circumstances.