What You Need To Know Before Adopting A Rescued Bird



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Adopting A Rescue Bird? Here’s What to Keep in Mind


Parrots are stunning animals – but do they make good pets? Photo by Matt Edmonds via Wikimedia Commons.

Having a bird can bring heaps of joy into your home — but it’s not something to undertake lightly. Even the most well-intentioned animal lovers might find themselves feeling overwhelmed if they’re unprepared. Understanding what you’re signing up for can make the transition smoother for both you and your feathered friend.

With so many birds in need of good homes, it makes sense to consider adopting one that’s deeply in need of a loving home. Rescue birds are especially vulnerable: most have experienced trauma and may have lifelong physical limitations. Rescue birds with clipped wings, for example, aren’t able to fly properly. They need special care in a safe environment.

No doubt about it: rescue birds are very loveable!

While adopting a rescue bird has its challenges, it’s also one of the most rewarding things you can do. Let’s take a look at some general ideas to keep in mind when bringing a rescue bird into your life.

Walk on the wild side

Birds are inherently wild creatures with different characteristics and needs compared to domesticated pets like cats and dogs. Even if they’ve been injured, their wild tendencies remain — they crave open space, food variety, and stimulation. Keeping a wide selection of food handy will keep them satisfied throughout the day. Birds not only need “seeds or pellets, but grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables, too.” They also require plenty of sunlight and exercise, whether on a climbing apparatus or in the open air.

Check out those stunning feathers! Photo by Jebulon via Wikimedia Commons.

Be ready to commit

Birds’ lifespans vary in length depending on the species. Magpies, for instance, live an average of 25 years, while parrots can live anywhere between 20 and 50 years! Rescue birds of all ages need healthy homes. Be honest about how long you’d be comfortable taking care of a bird — and don’t forget to factor in costs like vet visits and maintenance upkeep into your budget.

Do your homework

Are you a neat-freak or made for mess? Like people, different birds have different qualities. Parrots, lovebirds, and parakeets are very loud and messy — high-maintenance, if you will. Some people love this, while others… not so much. Doves and finches, meanwhile, are lower-maintenance. Learn about the species you want to adopt, then explore your options at rescue centers.

Parrots stand out in the wild — and at home! — with their bright feathers and bold personalities. Photo by Philipp Weigell via Wikimedia Commons.

If you welcome a rescue bird into your home, keep the air as fresh as possible and create a safe, chemical-free environment. Chemicals and toxins like lead, hairspray, and cigarette fumes can be harmful — even deadly — to sensitive birds.

Most of all, be open to deeply connecting with your rescue bird. Adopting a rescue bird is a heart-opening experience that flourishes from mindfulness, patience, and flexibility.

Do you have any rescue bird adoption stories? We’d love to hear in the comments!

By Kimberly Bryant

The article was originally posted on IgniteChannel © Ignite 2015