Birds are unique pets and can be very affectionate and loving toward a devoted pet parent. Just like a cat or dog though, they require specific care and attention. Before bringing your feathered family member home, ensure your new bird’s living space is set up and you have everything you need for when your buddy arrives.
Introducing a New Bird
Birds enjoy the company of other birds, however there are certain species that prefer to avoid each other. As a general rule, it is safe to mix birds with others that have the same type of beak and are roughly the same size.
For example, housing canaries (who have a straight pointed beak) with cockatiels (who have a curly pointed beak) is not advisable as they eat different diets. Cockatiels are also much larger than canaries so some bullying may occur! If you are housing your birds in a large aviary, you may find that these species will live together without a problem, provided their individual needs are being met.
How Many Birds Should I Keep?
If you think you’d like to keep a number of birds, your best choice of enclosure is an aviary.
An aviary is substantially larger than your average bird enclosure and is designed to be kept outdoors. These are generally considered better for your bird’s health as the extra space enables them to fully stretch out and get some exercise.
Enclosures that are too small for your birds may cause them to become overweight, bored and potentially aggressive. Smaller enclosures are only acceptable if your bird can fully stretch their wings and fly extended from one side to the other.
Pick an enclosure that is best suited to the number of birds that you will keep. Keep in mind that you may only choose to introduce one or two birds to your family now, but might like to add more in the future.
Your local PETstock team will be able to advise you on which enclosure will be best suited to you and your home.