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Pet Bird Habitat & Care Requirements

You will need to research the cage size and style that best suits your species and find a space for it within your home. An ideal location for your bird's cage will be a well trafficked, sunny spot (avoid direct, constant sunlight), away from drafts. Birds usually like to be "where the action is" in the home.

Basic Habitat and Care Needs:

  • Cage
  • Food
  • Treats
  • Water (via bowl or water bottle)
  • Emergency Care Kit - First Aid Kit
  • Air quality, UV light and how your bird might safely have access to fresh air and sunshine
  • Choose the type of cage litter you will use.

Note: Avoid using old habitats that may contain questionable metals which may be dangerous to your pet bird.

Necessary Cage Accessories and Enrichment Items:

  • Perches
  • Swings
  • Toys
  • Ropes
  • Foraging items

Note: Make sure perches include a variety of textures and are sized appropriately for your bird. Your bird's feet should not be flat (a sign that the perch is too large) nor should his toes wrap around the perch so far that they touch or overlap (a sign that the perch is too small).

Dietary Options Include:

  • Extruded Complete Diets (often referred to as pellets)
  • Fortified Seed Diets
  • Combination Diets
  • Fresh foods - nuts, fruit and vegetables

Note: Some birds may need supplements

Fresh Water

Birds should have access to water in a bowl (preferred method), and it should be washed and changed daily. You may train your bird to drink from a water bottle, but be sure to still provide fresh water daily to avoid bacterial growth which may result in illness. Some birds like to soak their food in water, creating a bad soup - in these cases water may need to be changed more frequently to avoid bacterial growth.

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