Thursday May 11, 2017
Bonnie Kenk stated: “If you are interested in a certain species, you need to learn everything you can possibly learn.... to make sure that it will in fact fit into your lifestyle.”
In lieu of Bonnie's statement, below are some of the most popular bird breeds people have as pets and how the owners feel about caring for them.
Congo African Grey Parrots:
Congo African grey parrots loving and affectionate but do require mental
Budgerigars, are also known as budgies or parakeets. The first budgerigar
was brought to Europe by John Gould in 1840. At 7 inches tall, budgerigars
are one of the easiest birds to maintain making them ideal for school age children.
Owners of these birds enjoy their playfulness, and affection.
The monk parakeet or most commonly known as the quaker parrot has a lifespan
of 30+ years growing to 11 inches tall. They are native to South America but can
sometimes be found in Southern Florida. Quaker parrots have quirky personalities
with their mimicking abilities rivaling those of a larger parrot. Quaker parrots are quite
adaptable and can get along with every member of the family including the family dog!
Conures don't need the space required for larger parrots which can make this the perfect bird for condo
Native to Central and South America, Macaws are famous for their impressive 4 foot wingspan, vibrant colors,
and 60+ year lifespan. Macaws can develop the intelligence level of a 3-8 year old child mimicking complete sentences.
Macaws are extremely sociable and require consistent/daily interaction with people to remain tame and happy.
Some general tips on caring for your feathered friend:
- A window can cause your bird to be on constant alert for "enemies" which can cause undue stress.
- Ensure you have correct feed for the species of bird you have as some species have special dietary requirements.
- Stimulate your bird by placing food in a different spot each day such as tying fruit to a branch. Birds will sometimes pluck their feathers when becoming bored or depressed.
- Keep your bird tame and teach it tricks by handling it daily.
- Maintain your bird’s cage. This is the easiest way to keep bacteria that can make your bird sick at bay. Plus, who wants to live in a dirty house?
- Birds do molt especially in summer months or when they start to mature. This is completely normal so don't be alarmed.
- Did you know? A bird's beak can continue to grow throughout it's lifetime. Giving your bird a cuttlebone, or branches to chew on can solve this potential issue.
- A bird's cage should be at least three times the width of the bird's wingspan. Keep this in mind when choosing a species.
- Birds need separate water bowls for them to drink and bathe (birds will not drink from their bath water). This is especially important in warmer summer months.
- Give your birds Noni Fruit Leather. Noni Fruit Leather is a powerful raw food for humans and pets alike, and promotes natural healing, good health and energy levels.
Hawaiian Organic Noni's Noni Fruit Leather is made of 100% organic noni fruit pulp. We dry the noni fruit pulp at low heat below 115F to create a raw food product that is non-fermented, potent, and full of beneficial nutrients, enzymes, and compounds that promote overall good health in the body. I say to give your birds noni fruit because here in Hawaii we have wild chickens that absolutely LOVE eating raw noni fruit! One time during a tour I cut open some noni fruit and a chicken jumped on my chest to eat it. Animals know what's good for them and what's good for them is noni fruit!