Caring for Multiple Birds
Published March 29, 2012 | By Michael
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Birds make excellent companions. They are intelligent, easy to train and very social. Many birds are happiest when they live among other feathered friends, as they are flock animals by nature. If you are considering bringing home two or more birds as pets, there are several factors to bear in mind. Taking care of several birds presents unique challenges, but offers special rewards, as well.
The first thing to determine is whether you have enough space for multiple birds. If you are only buying a pair of lovebirds, you can probably make due with a decent sized cage. However, if your plans include many birds or you have chosen a larger breed, you might need to invest in a Bird Aviary.
Birds can carry illnesses that are easily spread to others, so unless you obtain all of your birds at the same time from the same place, it is wise to quarantine a new bird prior to placing it into your bird aviary or cage with your existing pets. Failing to do so can mean sickness and even death for your other birds, particularly young, elderly or unhealthy ones. However, isolating the new animal can be traumatic for the bird, so you must consider this as well.
With any type of bird, you must take into account the time it will require to clean up after it. If you have a relatively small cage, maintaining cleanliness really doesn’t take much more time and effort for two birds than it does for one. If you have an extremely large cage or bird aviary, on the other hand, it becomes more of a major chore. Think about how much time you have available and whether you will be willing to tackle the job regularly.
Finally, it is important that your birds are compatible with one another. You will learn that they all have unique personalities and, just like people or larger animals, those personalities sometimes clash. Should you decide to bring home a new bird, keep it in a different cage in the same room initially so that all of your birds can become acquainted while remaining in their own, comfortable territories. Over time, allow them to play together in a neutral area, such as a third cage or play stand, under your close supervision. If all goes well, you can transition them all into the same home.
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This article was originally posted and shared by Michael Goldman, an entrepreneur, teacher, writer/author, and animal care provider, who along with his wife Terry are best known as the founders of the Healthy Pet Network. As respected authorities and consultants regarding Animal Health and Longevity, they help people with their pet’s health and well being. Their “passion” is the continued development of the Healthy Pet Network Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. The Rescue and Sanctuary provides a home, food, medical attention and love for homeless or injured animals. For more information, or to reach Michael, please visit the main site at www.healthypetnetwork.org or through their informational blog at www.healthypetnetwork.net Copyright 2009. Healthy Pet Network All Rights Reserved.