IF I HAVE NOT OWNED A BIRD BEFORE, WHAT KIND OF BIRD DO YOU RECOMMEND?
1. Cockatiel – Cockatiels are sociable and affectionate birds. There are parent-raised and hand-fed cockatiels. Bird Paradise ONLY sells hand-fed babies. Parent-raised cockatiels are generally not as tame and can be difficult to handle.
2. Lovebirds – It is a myth that lovebirds are best kept in pairs. Lovebirds are best housed alone. Two lovebirds raised together will bond for life and generally bond more to each other than to their human owners. Also, lovebirds can be fearless and if housed with other birds, can become territorial.
3. Rosey Bourkes – Bourkes have a sweet and gentle temperament. They are affectionate without being needy or clingy. They enjoy the attention of their owners but, are more independent than other small birds and are happy to entertain themselves when their owner is not present.
4. Canaries/Finches – Although canaries and other finches prefer not to be handled, compared to birds in the psittacine family, they are enjoyable to watch. Male canaries will sing, if housed separately. All canaries are a type of finch; however, not all finches are canaries. With the exception of canaries, finches should be purchased in pairs for mutual companionship.
Perch Here, Not There!
Think of bird play stands as a “staycation” destination. Your bird’s cage is its home within your home. Unlike dogs and cats who follow you around without problems, birds are left to fly after you, birds landing on curtains, furniture, etc. can be a problem. The solution is to provide a place where your bird can safely perch nearby.
Medium to large parrots do well on a rolling java tree natural bird stand. These natural bird perches in different sizes have multiple levels to encourage climbing for bird exercise and hooks to hang bird toys for play and foraging. Bird Paradise java trees come with food and water dishes so you don’t have to worry about your bird going without food and/or water.
For the smaller birds, table top java trees are available. These also have hooks to hang toys and can be easily moved from room to room.
Natural bird playstands are the perfect way to have birds out with their owners in a safe and entertaining environment. These “staycations” are the answer to well-behaved and well-socialized birds.
PARROTS AND THE HOLIDAYS – BE MERRY, BUT SAFE
The holiday season is a time of decorating, parties, and festivities. Here is a list of holiday dangers for birds.
Candles, potpourri, incense, room and carpet fresheners are all hazardous to birds.
Christmas trees are often chemically treated, including the spraying of artificial snow. Do not allow parrots to climb on or eat the trees.
Holly, Poinsettias, Philodendron, and Mistletoe are all toxic.
Christmas decorations, including wrappings are all made of materials hazardous to birds.
Remember that non-stick cookware containing PFOA and PTFE, including fondue fondue pots, waffle irons, etc. will poison a bird’s respiratory system, resulting in death.
Educate visitors on the respect for birds and the proper way to handle them.
Avoid stress – birds require 10-12 hours of sound sleep. Keep your bird(s) on their usual schedule for eating, etc. and move them to a quiet place if visitors seem to to be making your bird(s) uncomfortable and stressed.
ENJOY THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR BIRDS ON YOUR GIFT LIST! WE HAVE NEW EXCITING HOLIDAY TOYS IN STORE AT BIRDPARADISE AND ON-LINE @ http://www.mybirdstore.com/.
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