Parakeets are pets kept for entertainment. They do not require expensive upkeep. If well taken care of, the birds can stay up to fourteen years. This article will give you tips on how to keep your bird happy and well taken care of all times.
Taking care of parakeets
If you only have one bird, the first thing you should do is to get a mirror. A loner bird is never happy. A mirror will keep him company especially when you are not home. You can as well consider buying a bird stand from a pet store. The idea is, get the bird another bird for company.
Different types of food
Avoid serving your bird the same meal all the time. You should know that bird seeds get old very quickly. You can buy different types of bird foods from pet stores. Millet sprays, clip on sticks and birdie biscuits are among the many you can get. Serving the fresh bird fruits is important.
Parakeets love toys
The bird loves to play. You can buy different toys for the birds ranging from rings, wings, beads and bells. Apart from the above, parakeets love shiny toys, those that make noise and items they can push with their beaks or feet.
Trust is key
Just like any other pet, it is important to develop trust with your bird. Ideally, the bird will be shy at first, but as time goes by, they will get comfortable and social with the owner. Put your finger in front of the bird for a minute every day to grow trust with the bird. With days, the bird will get the courage to hope for you.
It is not a must that you take the bird out of its cage for it to exercise. If you, however, have to do it, let it free. Close all the windows and doors before letting it out. Remember you can only do so if your house is big enough for it to fly and walk around.
Avoid grabbing the bird with your hands
There is nothing that terrifies a bird than moving your hand to grab it. It is the fastest way to kill trust between you and the bird. In case it happens, the bird will start fearing you and won’t sit on your hand. It will be frustrating, but you have to build the trust again slowly.