5 Things You Need to Know About Parrots!

Parrots are beautiful birds with very distinct colors. You may have seen one in the wild or even own one as a pet. However, we wanted to give you some important facts about their behaviour that makes them different from your average companion animal.

Here are a few of our favorites about them:

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1. Parrots prefer to have their head feathers stroked towards their beak

While your dog or cat may appreciate being stroked from head to tail, this is often merely tolerated or it can be sexually stimulating to companion Parrots.

I prefer to see a Parrot who fluffs his head feathers up in a big ball in anticipation of a few head scratches. Touching on the head is definitely a great way to foster your relationship. They will like it!

Look at your bird’s body language to guide you as to whether your Parrot is just taking it or can’t get enough.

2. Puking on us is how Parrots show love

Isn’t that a funny one? Yes, it is true, this is not a joke!

Parrots may try to dribble this usually smelly gooey mush into your hand if you make it available. This courtship behaviour is also one that caregivers will want to avoid reinforcing. The beak will be brought to the chest and the head will arc in a repetitive motion as food is brought back up into the mouth. A Parrot who has decided you are its chosen mate will express its love by regurgitating for you. Weird isn’t it?

3. Not all Parrots can fly well, not because they have colorful feathers

In some places it is common to clip the flight feathers on Parrots right about the time the bird would first attempt flight. If this happens (or you keep them on a cage that is too small to allow flight) during that time in development when flight should be happening, it can lead to a loss in flight for the rest of that bird’s life. Teach them to fly.

There are also Parrots that find it naturally hard to fly due to their heavy body such as Amazons, Macaws and African Grey Parrots. These typically are the birds that were clipped during this critical stage of development in which their genetics would have been urging their body to attempt flight. Instead of flight, each launch off from the perch would have been met with a crash landing.

Behaviours such as recall, station training and developing flight skills make living with flighted Parrots a pleasure

4. Parrots are super-duper visual

If your dog is an expert sniffer and your cat hears the slightest rustle of small insects, then your Parrot can see the tiniest speck of a spider on the ceiling. This means he is also carefully watching you. Especially if he is interested in your attention and companionship.

You should know common Parrot behaviour when petting them, because you can’t just ignore their stare.

5. Parrot friendships can take time, but can be super rewarding

Most of us are accustomed to being with dogs or cats and love to interact with our furry friends. In general, most dog and cat friendships seem easily earned compared to Parrots.

Many Parrot species are not as social as we might think. In the wild they live with only one partner or small family groups. Flocking may only happen under certain circumstances such as foraging or roosting. Therefore automatically accepting new individuals may not be the norm for those species. Learning history also plays a role in how quickly a Parrot may be inclined to respond to a new potential friend. That is where training can help.

Even though your Parrot’s behaviour may present challenges that might be a bit different from your dog or cat, don’t give up! They are often eager students and ready to learn.

Let us know if you found some of these facts eye opening by leaving a comment below. We would love to hear from you. Until next time, all the best from the OUR TEAM.

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Five Essential Pet Store Pickups When Adopting a Kitten

For those thinking of adding a new four-legged companion to their life, it is certainly an exciting time. However, it’s also a big decision to add a pet to the household. Having the right supplies on hand will make the transition easier for both owner and kitty. Here are the five most critical items to stock up on.

Kitten Food

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Of course, a new cat needs food, but there are some important differences between what types of food to grab. Just like how it’s improper to give a newborn baby a steak, there are some things in adult cat food that kittens aren’t ready to digest. Kitten food also has the proper vitamins, a balance of fat and protein, and nutrients needed to help a kitten get on the right track for development.

Flea Prevention

It’s especially important to grab flea prevention from the pet store if the kitten is being introduced to an environment with adult cats. Even if the new addition isn’t spending time outside, if adult housemates are going in and out, they’re bringing all of the pesky bugs in with them. Younger felines might not have the proper antibodies and immune systems to fight off the diseases that come along with fleas and ticks, so it’s important to be stocked up on medication that can prevent fleas from attacking in the first place.

A Place to Hide

Many new owners’ first instincts when adopting are to get beds or jungle gyms. While these are certainly beneficial, it’s important to consider the nature of cats. They are semi-social creatures, but often demand a great deal of alone time, and the adjustment from a pound or shelter to a new home can be particularly traumatic. Getting a specific hiding place, such as covered bed with a small entrance or even a small box with a hole in it, can protect the kitty from being over stimulated. It can also prevent them from getting lost in the house. By grabbing a place to hide from the pet store, it’s easy to guess where they are when they’re not playing.

Carpet Stain Cleaner

The unfortunate truth is that while adopting a kitty can be great fun, messes and accidents come with the territory. Felines often urinate as a sign of anxiety or stress, both of which can come from a new environment. Male kittens, even when neutered, often spray as a way to mark their territory. Owners who already have pets and are adding a kitten to the mix may even find that their adult cats are urinating out of the litter box as a result of the new member. Most of these displays will be reduced with time, but it’s a good idea to have some quality carpet stain cleaner on hand in the meantime.

Toys

Toys may not seem like a necessity, but with a cat of a young age, they very well may be. Playing is a great way to release unwanted anxiety and aggression and to get in healthy levels of exercise. Getting designated toys from the local pet store will also prevent kittens from playing with harmful objects, such as a loose string that could get lodged in their throats. Most importantly, playing with toys can provide time for an owner to bond with their new friend!

These five items will keep new felines stimulated and safe as they start to feel at home in their new environments.

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I Lost My Cat! What Should I Do?

Thousands of pets get lost every day. This is why 49% of all cats are kept indoors. You can triple their life span and have a better bond with them by keeping them indoors. I know they are natural hunters, but that was in the beginning when we did not live in cities where danger triples at every turn. This is why I advocate that you keep your cats indoors.

Make sure your pet has a collar and tag. Put the words Reward, I’m lost, Indoor only, call my human on the tag along with the phone number. This way if anyone finds him they will know how to contact you.

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STEP 1

Calm down! Stop assigning blame and take a deep breath. You are going to need all your wits about you to follow the steps to be reunited with your companion.

STEP 2

Check your house from top to bottom. Attics, crawl spaces, cupboards, closets, garages, drawers and basements. I have had hundreds of calls from panicked humans who can’t find their beloved Fluffy only to discover that he struts out of the back of the kitchen cupboard the next day. Be methodical and calm.

Remember, animals can pick up on your energy. If you are frantic he will be frightened to come out because of all the commotion. If he is the only pet put down bowls of food in the middle of each room and sees if they get eaten. This is a definite sign that your fur angel is still somewhere inside your house.

STEP 3

If your baby is outside it’s time to start the search. Sweat as much as possible and grab a blanket or towel that has your smell on it. When you walk around the neighborhood with an open can of tuna you should be an olfactory beacon for your cat. The sweat on your clothing, the blanket or towel and the tuna is an irresistible combination.

When you walk around make sure to call the kitty in a soft, loving, normal tone. Use a nickname if he has one. If you see him and he does not come to you, sit on the ground and put the tuna in front of you to coax him.

Keep calling him, be patient. After a cat has been out of his environment for a while he can go feral (survival mode) and may have trouble recognizing his human. Once he gets close enough, reach out slowly and wrap him in the blanket and towel and take him home. Remember, the tone of your voice should be sweet and enticing.

STEP 4

Call the Humane Society and inform them about your lost pet. Rent a humane trap and place it by the door where your pet got out. Cover the trap with clothing that has a familiar scent and put his favorite food in it. You might catch some other babies, so know how to release them from the trap.

STEP 5

Getting the word out is very important! This is why I encourage everyone to keep current pictures of their pets. Descriptions can be vague, but a picture speaks a thousand words.

STEP 6

The reward poster is an essential tool in pet recovery. Unfortunately humans are motivated by money and if they see an amount they will take extra steps to look for your missing pet. The reward poster should have the amount on the very top in BIG BOLD LETTERS that can be seen from a distance. The next thing should be a picture of your pet. The next section should read: Lost in the vicinity of (give the name of the street only) last seen on (state the date).

Give any special characteristics such as extra toes, scar, crooked tail, very shy and a clear description of the coat and breed of your companion animal. Do not put down your address, just your phone number. If the pet has a specific medical problem, list it on the flyer. If not put down “has special needs.” This is a great motivation if someone is keeping your pet. They will think to themselves that there will be vet expenses involved and will be driven to return the pet as soon as possible.

Always go to pick up the pet with someone else and do not carry cash with you. Add that the reward will be given upon the recovery of the pet.

STEP 7

Distribute the poster, or what I like to call “FLOODING.” It is a proven fact that the more posters you put out the better the results. People will always take some of them down, but if you have “flooded” the area some will always be left for people to see.

Copy your flyer and put it in the local paper. If you’re pet is on medication, is ill, and is a companion to an elderly person or a child the TV News and Radio will see this as a “Special Interest” human story. Explore this area. I have compiled a list of places to put up the posters. If you come across any other good ones please e-mail me so that we can share them with others.

Antique Stores

Apartment Complex (in the lobby by the mail boxes)

ATM

BANK

Beauty Supply

Bulletin Boards

BUS Stops

Cable Company (You can fax this~installers go out)

Car Lots

Car Rentals

Check Cashing Places

Churches

Cleaners

Clinics (emergency care and government clinics)

Clothing Stores

Coffee Houses

Computer Stores

Day Care

DMV

Doctors (you can fax these, look in your yellow pages)

Dentists (you can fax these, look in your yellow pages)

Donut Shops

Door to Door (in their mail boxes)

Electric Company (fax to main office, they go out for repairs)

Emergency Medical (both human and animal)

Feed Stores

Food Delivery (look in yellow pages for Pizza, Chinese, Chicken, etc.,

they go out to deliver all the time! In person delivery of the poster is better,

but you can fax them)

Gardeners

Garden Supplies

Gas Company (fax)

Gas Stations

General Supply

Government Offices

Grocery Stores (see if they let you put it in the pet food section

of the store)

Home Improvement Stores

Hospitals (cafeteria and rec rooms for Drs and Nurses)

Human Society

Ice Cream Parlors

K Mart, WALMART, Sears

Laundromat

Library

Liquor Stores

Mail Carriers (give it to them)

UPS Delivery (if you see a truck put it on the windshield)

Fed Ex

Meeting Halls (Elks, Moose and other organizations)

Motels

Movie Rentals Places

Movie Theaters

New Construction Building

News Stands

Nursing Home

PO BOX Rentals

Phone Company (this one can be faxed too)!

Photo Copy Places

Photo Developing Places

Paper Boy

Parking Lots

Pharmacy

Post Office

Restaurants

Schools

Shopping Centres

Street Corner (by traffic lights and stop signs)

Travel Agents

Truck Stops

Vets (within a 5 mile radius~you can fax these)!

Weight Watchers

Hope this help!

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Is Talking to My Cats Like Talking to Myself?

There are three cats in my family and they are like my children now that everyone else has left. More and more I find myself talking to them as if they understand every word. There are times when it crosses my mind that maybe I am really talking out loud to myself. They seem to understand, however, and their attitude towards me is one of selecting times when they demand cuddles and usually when I settle the three of them settle on top of me.

Help! What is going on here? Has my brain deteriorated down to their level or are they reaching up to mine?

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Cats have been a part of my life from a very young age. My gran had one named Sarg and he lived till he was about 20 years of age which was way past when she died. He was probably the first pet in my life and we were all attached to him.

When in my teens I found a little black kitten in the backyard that had obviously crawled out from under dad’s shed. Taking it into the house it was then that the fleas emerged in their hundreds. Wow! None the less we kept him and I called him ‘Fella’. Well he was black and the name suited him. A couple of days later his brother turned up and he was named ‘Find’.

My cousin adopted the last one and the two of them were eventually both mine. Fella had a personality that was so adorable and when I went away the phone would be held to his ear so he could hear my voice. He purred his little heart out when that happened.

Over the years, other cats have come and gone and they have all contributed greatly to my life. For the last 30 or so years I took to breeding kittens and that was a great joy as so many benefited from the little beauties. The mothers are adorable and they are now the 3 that are with me as there are no litters produced now.

One would have to say that the understanding between us is rather great. They know there are times when I need privacy from them and they stick to themselves. When I go out they are always waiting to welcome me home again. While there have always been a dog in the family that is no longer the case and won’t be again because the cats are much better.

Dogs are gorgeous but they smell. You can always tell homes where they reside and they jump around and demand walks and things that frankly I am a little past that. Being a retired person who spends much of the day writing or painting the companionship and love from my cats is enough to satisfy my needs. Probably that’s why they understand when my voice is heard. They don’t need to know what is said only that they hear it, just as Fella did.

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Tips for Attracting Cardinals to Your Outdoor Area

The Northern Cardinal is a very common bird found throughout most of the eastern and central states, the entire south, and much of the southwestern United States. They can be in yards, gardens, woodlands, even deserts and have greatly increased their breeding range over the past 80 years. The Northern Cardinal does not migrate in the winter therefore providing shelter, proper food, and fresh water will entice them to visit your yard with enthusiasm and continue to do so throughout the year.

Northern Cardinals prefer dense shrubby areas such as forest edges, overgrown fields, hedgerows, backyards, marshy thickets, mesquite, and ornamental landscaping. Cardinals nest in dense foliage at heights ranging from 3 to 12 feet off the ground in many kinds of trees and shrubs. You will find them nesting in dogwood trees, honeysuckle vines, grape vines, red cedar trees, spruce trees, rose bushes, blackberry brambles, elm trees, sugar maple trees and box elders. They do not nest in bird houses or nesting boxes.

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The diet of these beautiful red birds consist mostly of seed and fruit for the adults and the nestlings are fed mostly insects. Cardinals eat many kinds of birdseed. The Northern Cardinal’s strong thick bill is perfect for large seeds. Black sunflower seeds, striped sunflower seeds, and safflower seeds are three of their favorites. Other foods cardinals prefer include cracked corn, peanut pieces, fresh berries, apple chunks and small pieces of suet. Offering a mix of these in wide feeders with space for them to perch will attract them to your yard or garden. Do not use small tube feeders unless they have a large tray at the bottom. Platform feeders and fly through feeders are also a good choice. Since Cardinals are ground feeders the food source you supply should be kept at ground level or below about 5 feet. Open air cedar bird feeders mounted on a post are an excellent option. It is also important to note that due to their bright color it is safer for the Northern Cardinal to feed very early in the morning or very late in the evening. They will often be the first to feed in the morning and the last bird at your feeder at night.

Cardinals like all animals require fresh water. Provide water in a bird bath a few yards away from the feeder. Clean the bird bath at least once a week and add fresh water to keep it attractive to the birds.

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The Mysterious Pelican of Rhodes

When I was a young man, my perception of what was real and possible in the universe was based on the premise that “facts” and “logic” were the cornerstones of what was widely acknowledged as “reality”. I adhered to this misconceived notion unquestionably, not realizing that there is indeed magic in the world, and that we often only have to be in the right place, at the right time to discover it.

My concept of reality was about to change forever on the enchanting island of Rhodes, Greece. Rhodes is replete with mystery, as it was once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Colossus of Rhodes, a huge bronze statue erected in 280 BC, which at over 30 meters tall, stood majestically guarding the harbor.

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It was within this mythical setting that I found myself with my traveling buddy and good friend Wendell. Wendell and I had been traversing throughout Europe for several months, and had ventured to Rhodes with the intention of viewing the spot where the famous statue had once stood. We were captivated by the beauty and allure of the island, and intrigued by the inexplicable feeling in the air that this was a place where anything could happen.

As we leisurely strolled through the old section of town one sunny afternoon, we suddenly heard a loud and powerful flapping of wings directly overhead. We glanced up, and were astonished by the presence of the largest pelican we had ever seen. To our amazement the pelican gracefully glided to a landing directly in front of us.

We stood silently gaping at the bird, flabbergasted. The pelican then began walking down the sidewalk intently, as if it had an explicit destination in mind. We quickly followed at a safe distance to ensure that we didn’t deter it from its goal.

It was a hot summer day, and as was the custom on the island, shops lining the street had their doors open to welcome visitors, and to allow the refreshing sea breeze to enter the premises.

The pelican continued walking, and then paused briefly before suddenly entering a local pharmacy. We eagerly followed it inside, where a handful of customers were browsing casually.

Without hesitation the pelican walked past the mystified patrons to an adjoining back room of the shop, where he began pacing back and forth in front of shelves which stored an array of medicine, as if searching for a particular item. We all stood transfixed, watching the bizarre behavior of this strange creature. After a few moments he seemed to abandon his peculiar quest, and reentered the interior of the shop.

We waited expectantly for what would happen next. To our surprise he then stopped within the center of our small group, and in turn looked at each of us directly in our eyes, as if trying to convey some personal message.

I remember his eyes seemed eerily human, and a strange sensation came over me that he was in actuality not a pelican, but rather an apparition which had temporarily taken form as this curious bird.

Without further ado he then left the shop as abruptly as he had entered, took a few steps toward the street, and flew away. We gazed at each other in wide-eyed disbelief, seeking validation from one another that what we had witnessed really transpired. Though a few token suggestions were offered, no one had a plausible explanation of what the pelican was doing there or why.

As I look back on my life I’m able to recall many extraordinary events which I’ll forever cherish, but none as full of joyful spontaneity as the remarkable day we encountered the mysterious pelican of Rhodes.

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Things to Know About a Kitten Before You Buy It

In my local area there are hundreds of kittens adopted out every year from the RSPCA (Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). These are the ones that have either been abandoned by owners or who are picked up in the streets. Many cats are found roaming around and some are naturally enough pregnant. Kittens are, therefore, born in the cages of the society and they too are up for adoption.

These kittens are taken in by people searching for a little friend for their children. Some of those are very young and many are little more than babies. So what makes people think that a kitten is going to be a good companion in their homes.

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To begin with little kids make a lot of noise. Cats are descended from jungle animals where noise means danger. A screaming child is terrifying to them and when they are first taken into such a home it presents the little kitten with a threat with which it knows not how to deal. That means that this environment is totally unsuitable.

The result of the trauma a kitten feels under those circumstances is its needs to flee. That will happen through an open door or when the kitten is allowed outside. Many of them will then be either squashed by a car on the road or take off to become feral and the cycle begins again.

As an ex-breeder of kittens these things were obvious when people turned up wanting to adopt one of my babies. The horrible stories they related of previous attempts to find a lovely friend for their home. Many told of the collar with bells they applied to the neck and others how they have run over it in the driveway.

Holding a tiny new-born as the mother dealt with delivering the remainder of her litter was extremely precious. It impacts on the heart with a new reality. These little creatures are to be loved and protected the same as a human baby. While they quickly learn about life and are soon able to fend for themselves they are still learning from mum until at least 12 weeks.

Where kittens are given away before this time the little one is vulnerable. They can’t deal with noise and trauma that people subsequently put them through. Many told me of cats they own that won’t come near them. When I explain how carefully mine are reared and prepared for their new home it makes sense and usually brought a lot of joy rather than pain and disappointment to their new family.

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Seven Friendliest Fur Babies

Exotic Shorthair

If you are looking for a constant companion who will follow you around and warm your lap for hours, then this variety of cat should definitely be your choice. This affectionate breed of cat would like to be cuddled with and they are very weary of constant activities.

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As a result they are well suited to a home which does not have many children around or does not entertain constant visitors.

Abyssinian

This breed of cats is a polar opposite of shorthair. They are all about activities. This breed of cats is good for children because they like to get engaged in intelligent games. Abyssinians are not weary of people.

They like to interact with people and hence they are a great choice for families with kids.

Persian Cats

Persian cats are similar in looks to shorthair breed and their nature is also similar. They enjoy good petting sessions and pampering from their parents. Given a chance they also can return the affection and they like to remain seated at one place for a long time period.

They also do not fancy interacting with strangers and more suited for houses with only one or two people staying.

Russian Blue

As fantastic observer, this breed of cats is a very intelligent species. They tend to think before they act and like to keep close company with their parents. They want to be a part of everything their parents do and has a knack of sharing beds too.

Don’t rush your Russian Blue to socialize with your friends and neighbors and instead give them time and space to feel settled and comfortable.

Burmese

Burmese cats are very friendly and interactive. As a parent, you will need to give them enough attention. They like to sit on their parents’ laps and enjoy a cuddle. They are not afraid of interacting with people or other species of pets.

In fact this breed of cat looks for affection. As a result they can be kept under the care of any good pet sitter whilst you go out for a dinner date.

Siamese

They are similar to the Burmese variety of breed, in many ways. Siamese cats are very curious by nature and also they want to take part in your daily actions. They want your attention all the time and for that reason they will butt-in whilst you watch TV, have your dinner or even browse your laptop.

Their canine like behavior enables them to be a part of the famous fetch game.

Somali

This breed of cats is also an active attention seeker. Like Siamese cats, they also love to take part in games and puzzles. They are highly energetic and is good for bonding and agility training.

They tend to do well when they get all the attention as the only pet in the house.

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5 Pet Birds That Make Great Additions to the Family

Birds are amazing creatures that could be a great addition to your family. When choosing a pet bird, you will want to find the bird most compatible with your lifestyle and living situation. Here are some of the most popular birds that make the perfect pets.

The Parakeet (Budgies)

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This is the favorite of all pet birds. These birds are the perfect choice for new bird owners or adults with children living in their homes. Even though the parakeet is not as large as its cousins, it will still require the same type of respect and care as a parrot. Due to their size, parakeets do not require a lot of space and they are easy to maintain. You can choose from a variety of colors, including red, purple, blue and green. Parakeets are smart enough to learn various words and phrases; however, most of these birds are content with whistling and singing. The average life span of a Parakeet is approximately 12 to 14 years.

African Greys

This is one of the most intelligent birds to choose from. African Greys have a very large vocabulary, and once you learn how to care for them properly, these pet birds are easy to train. Due to their intelligence, African Greys can be very demanding pets; this species of parrots become bored quickly when they are not stimulated. When cared for and fed correctly, these birds can live up to three decades or more. If you are looking for a smart and affectionate pet bird, the African Grey is the best choice.

Finches and Canaries

This is a pet bird favorite to choose from. This popular bird measures at five inches or less, and it requires a lot less space in comparison to other pet birds. Finches and canaries have softbills or waxbills, unlike parrots, a species known as hookbills. Since finches and canaries prefer to travel in small flocks, and they rarely pay much attention to humans, this is the perfect bird to choose if you will only be able to provide your pet with minimal interaction. If you provide adequate care for this bird, it can live up to 10 years.

Cockatiels

These birds are a member of the parrot family and they are delightful pets to have around the home. Cockatiels are natives of Australia and they are medium-sized creatures. These birds have advanced whistling and singing abilities that your entire family will love. Even though cockatiels have the ability to speak when trained properly, this bird prefers to mimic random and quirky sounds, such as the ringing of a telephone. You can choose from a variety of diverse color options when adopting a cockatiel. The average life expectancy of this pet bird is between 15 and 20 years.

Lovebirds

If you want to choose from the parrot species, this is the smallest bird in that family. However, many people prefer lovebirds in comparison to larger parrots that are more demanding. Lovebirds are approximately six inches long and, even though they are small, they have a strong personality and great intelligence. These birds are quiet, making them a great choice for the person who lives in an apartment or condominium. The lovebird has a life expectancy of up to 20 years.

These are some of the most popular birds that pet owners love. Before you take any of these birds home, you should always choose the one that matches your personal lifestyle the most. Choosing a bird that is a good fit for your family is the best way to ensure proper care of your pet.

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Guide To Installing A Bird Cage

To protect your birds, you need a cage.

Best wires to use

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There are many types of wires you can use with the most popular being:

Galvanized wires: A galvanized wire is one that is coated with zinc which is highly toxic. The main role of the coating is to prevent corrosion thus increasing durability. To protect your birds you should consider removing the coating. You do this by soaking or sandblasting the wire. To prevent the wire from corroding apply non-toxic paint to the wire.

PVC coated wire: From its name, this is the wire that has been coated using PVC. The coating is usually very thin and can be easily removed. Due to this, you are advised from installing it in a cage with chewing birds. You should use it in areas with non-chewing birds such as softbills and finches. If you want to use the wire in chewing birds, you should go for a powder coated wire. A powder coat is a cooked coat that is difficult for the birds to remove. The wire will be expensive but the coating will be sturdier thus the birds won’t be able to remove it from the wire.

Stainless steel mesh: This is the best material to use. It will protect your birds without rusting. It also doesn’t require a lot of care. To buy it you should head to your local hardware store.

Installing a bird cage

After you have settled on the right wire, you should go ahead and install the unit. To completely keep predators from your birds you should place an outer layer. As rule of thumb install a tough material. This calls for you to avoid plastic netting as predators can easily tear through it. Larger birds can also easily chew holes through it. For peace of mind, install a 14 gauge 1″ x 1″ grid wire.

You can install a cage with a wooden frame or go for an all-wire unit. It’s all about your preferences. If installing an all-wire cage, you should go for a mesh wire or chain-link fencing. You should go for a pattern that the birds can’t easily pass through. The pattern should also be able to hold the perches and bird toys.

Conclusion

This is what you need to know about bird caging. You should choose a material that is strong and durable. You can install the unit on your own but for ideal results, hire a professional to help you out.

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