Pet birds enjoy interaction, in as little as 30 minutes a day you can enrich your bird’s life! The relationship you share with your companion bird can be extremely rewarding. It will be a life time of joy since birds can live 10 to 60 years. For a mutually rewarding relationship prepare to invest a considerable amount of time with your bird. Pet birds are social flock animals and thrive on attention. Your bird will consider you part of its flock. The time and expense of caring for your pet bird (including food, treats, toys and veterinary visits) and its habitat should also be considered
Before purchasing a companion bird, you should be well informed to ensure you make the best possible choice for you, your family and your (potential) pet bird. Our Today’s Pet counselors will help guide you through the process of choosing your next pet bird. We will help you to choose a species that fits well with your lifestyle and environment and help to inform you of the physical and behavioral trends of different species. We will teach you a little about their natural history, lifespan, and weight range and what makes the species you are considering special. Knowing about your bird’s natural history will aid you in providing a suitable environment to ensure health and happiness.
Before bringing your new pet home we suggest that you have the habitat set-up where he will stay, preferably in a well trafficked area out of direct sunlight and away from air vents. Also, let’s keep your new pet out of the kitchen. There are too many fumes in the kitchen that could irritate or even kill small birds. Try to have everything ready in your bird’s habitat (food, toys and perches) before your bird arrives home. Adding or rearranging new items soon after arrival could be scary for your bird. Be sure the habitat and area around the habitat is free from danger: cords he could pull in, toxins, plants, sharp items, and lets keep him up high enough from the dog and cat. Then after a few days, allow your bird to become familiar with his new home and surroundings. Avoid handling him for the first day or two, wait until he’s ready. Move slowly around your bird, so as to not accidently frighten him. Talk to him while in the room and even when you are out of the room, to let him know you are still there. Be sure you are feeding him thesame diet he’s always been accustom to since bringing home from Today’s Pet.
Changing his diet can be very stressful during the initial period in his new home. Offer treats to him on a regular basis. This is a great way to become friends. If your bird is doing something you enjoy, such as talking or whistling then reward him with a treat or something else he desires, such as a head scratch. Never attempt to pick up your bird if he seems frightened. Give him time to adjust to the movement of your hands. Wait for your bird to show interest in interacting with you, never force him! Avoid overwhelming your bird with too many new people or activities at once. Introduce these items slowly and calmly. Don’t try to show him off to half the neighborhood the first week. Be sure the amount of time you invest into your bird in the beginning is the same amount of time you’re able to invest throughout his lifetime. More attention in the beginning will leave him always wanting that amount of attention long term.
Remember All pet birds make noise, its part of their social nature. Birds are most vocal at dusk and dawn. A healthy bird is vocal and many, have great talking ability. Training your pet bird to talk is part of the fun of owning a companion bird!
Pet Birds are impressive, beautiful and colorful. They make wonderful companions who can bond closely with their care takers. You will truly appreciate the intelligent, endearing and sometimes comical qualities of a pet bird. With the right start sharing your life with a pet bird can be a wonderful relationship to be cherished. Check here to see what might be available at this time.
Today's Pet has been family owned and operated since 1996 with a single location serving Elkridge, Columbia and the surrounding areas from Annapolis to Westminster and have more than 30 years experience in the pet industry. We have served as board members with MAPI (The Maryland Association of Pet Industries) for more than 25 years. Here at Today's Pet our main priority is to solidify the companion process by pairing up the right pet for each family situation.