How to Prepare for a Bird | Pet Bird

Doctor Hess: So before you consider whether
you should get a bird, you really really need to think, how much time do I have to spend
with this animal. Birds are really really social creatures and
the really need to be with people for several hours a day. They can’t be just left in the cage and talked
to for a few minutes. The really need to come out of their cage
to interact with their owners. And what kind of bird you get is very important
too. Do you want a big bird? Are you going to have a lot of time? Are you prepared to take care of this bird
for a long number of years? Up to 40 for some of the larger birds. Or, are you going to just want to spend a
few minutes a day with a bird and maybe want a Canary or a Finch. Something that’s small, that doesn’t require
as much social time with you. You need to figure out where in your house
you’re going to put this bird. Most birds need sunlight. They need fresh air. They need a lot of things to get them ready
to be safe in your home. Sarah, what kind of things would we think
about before getting a bird? Sarah: I think another big consideration that
people should make is the size of the cage that they have the ability to be put in their
home. Say, this little guy requires a much smaller
cage than our female Eclectus here. You want to find a safe place in the home,
where they’re going to maybe have a wall behind their cage so they don’t feel out in the middle
of the room, so they don’t feel safe. You just want to make sure that you’re going
to be able to make the accommodations. Also, large cages can be very expensive. So, setting up for a larger bird can be much
more of a financial adventure than a smaller bird. I think that’s a really big consideration
that sometimes people don’t make immediately. Doctor Hess: Finances are certainly a concern
when you have a bird. Because, remember birds are not static. They chew up a lot of stuff. I spend hundreds of dollars every month, just
getting bird toys for my Cockatoo. Who just chews up a toy in about 10 minutes. So you have to think about ongoing expense. Medical Expense for birds. You can’t just get the bird and never bring
him or her into the vet. They need check-ups every year, just like
a dog or a cat would. You do need to replace perches. Get new things every day for them. They also require fresh produce. Most birds do fruits and vegetables. Which can be expensive. So you really want to think about time, your
life style, are you home enough and whether you have the financial arrangement to be able
to take care of a bird long term.

44 thoughts on “How to Prepare for a Bird | Pet Bird

  1. Lmao I live how howcast is so random… next one: "Howcast: how to get your head out of an elephants butt."

  2. This REALLY helped me because my dad is getting me a pet bird!!!!OMG so excited????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  3. On an average day i spen 7 hours at school and im away on the weekends,
    Is missing 7 hours a day ok if i get a buggie and what will i do on the weekends is it ok if someone else feeds him/her on the weekends (2 days) pls reply

  4. Hey howcast I know I'm late but I really want a bird but my mom hates birds and I just want a tiny bird not like a huge bird I'm a beginner and, I love birds and I'm double digits so I'm not that young I just want a bird That can play with me and I have a bearded dragon, two female mice, 4 cats(that are lazy and don't care about anything) and one dog that doesn't care either, so.. I think I'm ready for a bird.. I really love birds their so cute!! I wish I had one.. anyways hope I'm not late!!!

  5. I’m getting an Eclectus Parrot in 3 months!! An Eclectus Parrot is the same red parrot that was in the video but that one is a female. I’m getting a male which is green. My mom got me a parrot for Christmas but the parrot never arrived. We got scammed $1,500

  6. We recently rescued a budgie ?
    It had flown a long way and the owner did not want to come all the way to collect it, so we are going to keep it. It is much happier than it was, chirping away.

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