Preparing to bring home your first pet bird is a very exciting time for any animal lover. After doing all your research and carefully selecting the feathered friend that’s just right for you, it’s hard not to get a little over-excited as you wait to introduce your pet to her new home.
But before you can welcome the newest member of your family, you’ll need to make sure that you have all the bits and pieces you need to give your pet bird a happy home. Our essential bird product guide takes you through everything you need for your bird — and maybe a few items that aren’t crucial but are definitely worth considering if your budget allows.
What equipment do I need for a pet bird?
Let’s start off with shelter. Every pet bird needs somewhere to live, but the right cage will vary on the type of bird you have and their need for space. Bird cages range from small, basic devices through to large and quite elaborate enclosures, and you’ll need to make sure there’s ample room for your pet to flap his wings.
A second cage is also a great idea for many owners. It may be smaller than the first and can be great when you need to travel somewhere, such as to the vet for a check-up, or when the main cage is out of action for cleaning. Alternatively, there’s a wide range of bird carriers available that you can use to transport your pet safely from A to B.
While a cage is a good start, the next step is to fill it with all the trimmings your feathered friend needs to live a happy life. Perches are a must, and it’s worth including a variety of perches at different heights and with different outlooks to keep your bird entertained. Ladders, swing and mirrors can also help turn a boring bird cage into a comfortable and enriching home environment.
There are also cage tidies available to keep your cleaning and maintenance duties to a minimum, as well as cage covers that keep the light out and encourage sleep.
To give her the best possible start to life, you’ll need to ensure that your pet bird gets the right diet and plenty of fresh water. From bird seed to bird pellets and a range of other tasty treats, there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to bird food — we’ll look at this in more detail in a future article. You’ll also need dishes to ‘serve’ food and water to your bird, so you can choose from hoppers or bowls. The right type of dish might vary depending on the type of bird and how they like to eat and drink, so ask your vet for advice.
The last items on the list of essential items for your new bird are toys — lots of toys! It doesn’t matter what type of pet you own, providing them with adequate mental stimulation is crucial. There’s a staggering range of pet bird toys available, including everything from basic wooden toys to preening toys, plastic toys, hidey holes and play gyms. Once again, your vet will be able to advise you on the type of toys to which your bird is suited.
There’s plenty more products you might want to purchase for your pet bird, including:
- Interactive food toys that provide mental stimulation by making your pet bird ‘work’ to access the food inside.
- Tasty bird-friendly treats so that you can spoil your pet every once in a while.
- Vitamins and supplements to promote better bird health.
- Bird worming products, treatments to control lice and mites, and products to control insects.
- Bird nesting boxes and supplies.
- Bird claw scissors to prevent claws growing out of control.
- Leads and harnesses for certain types of bird, for example cockatiels.
- There are even special stylish bird suits with disposable pads to keep your pet’s droppings off your furniture while he’s exploring your house.
- DVDs and books explaining the finer points of bird ownership.
So now that you know what a pet bird needs in order to make a smooth transition into his new home, it’s time to start shopping. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to give your newest family member the best possible start to his new life.