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Why birds make great pets

Fiddy when he’s comfortable on a person

The only kind of pet I’ve ever had is pet birds. My parents were (and still are) very against having any animals in the house that have fur, so we settled on a bird. Over the years I’ve had lovebirds, budgies and now a green-cheeked conure. His name is Fiddy and I got him in the summer of 2018, he became the love of my life the moment I laid my eyes on him.

At first he was very scared because he was around so many new things, but as he got more comfortable around my family and I, he started to let his personality shine through. We came to learn that he is a very clingy bird, in a good way, who loves cuddles, hates when we leave the house, but loves when we take him outside with us. He doesn’t fly away, he just likes to sit on one of our shoulders and enjoy the great outdoors with us. 

Overall, it has been a wonderful adventure getting to know this wonderful little animal so I thought I’d share some insight into why birds make amazing pets.

  1. They are intelligent creatures

Birds are very good at picking up and imitating sounds that they hear. They can be taught how to say words, if you have enough patience. Some can even hold an entire conversation with you, like this smart little fellow.

2. They are great company

Birds love to socialize and be around humans. Even if your bird doesn’t talk, you can still play games such as hide-and-seek with it and spend lots of quality time together. They always have a lot of energy and are excited easily. They can also be trained to get along with and be comfortable around other animals. 

3. They are inexpensive

Compared to owning bigger animals such as dogs or cats, birds are relatively inexpensive pets. Their food doesn’t cost a whole lot and they also eat a ton of different types of fruits and vegetables. Although, a rule of thumb is to always search up whether the food you are about to give your bird is safe for it to consume. Click here to see what foods are safe for birds to eat.

It’s important to keep in mind that they are delicate animals and should be handled with care. Another thing to be mindful of is that some birds will be harder to work with than others, but don’t let that discourage you from trying. The last, and probably most, important thing to keep in mind is that birds are loud animals. If you don’t think you can handle it then I would recommend choosing another companion.

With that said, I urge you to always adopt and not shop for animals. They have feelings, they are not toys and they cannot just be thrown away once you get bored of them. So before taking any animal in, please be sure you are able to give it the care and attention it needs.

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