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Birds - Care
Birds are delicate creatures. Care should be taken while cleaning your home. The fumes of many products commonly used are dangerous to your bird, such as ammonia, floor cleaners and aerosol products. If you have questions regarding the safety of a product around your bird, contact your avian veterinarian. Birds are more sensitive to inhaled toxins than other pets. This includes using scented candles. All non-stick cookware is dangerous to birds.
Do not let your saliva get into their mouth, this can be as poisonous to birds as a cat scratch.
It is found that it's best when a bird has a routine of being worked with. Your bird will soon expect your daily time and ritual with him. Of course you need to gain their trust first. It is believed that birds should be separated from the other birds during these training sessions. And remember, patience is so important. So do not rush it.
Teaching your new baby bird to talk, whistle, or do anything requires repetition. And this goes for not only teaching it "tricks" but also teaching it how to cope with daily life. Feedings, playtime and so forth should all happen about the same time every day. Choose one thing at a time that you want to teach, and repeat it over and over. For example, with a new budgie, cockatiel or parrot every time you put him in his cage, pick him up and say "give me a kiss," and then kiss his beak before putting him inside. The bird will associate your words with your actions and soon make the kissing noise when you kiss the birds’ beak.
Spend quality time with your birds every day. Make routines in your birds' lives and they will be much happier. Most birds need at least two hours out-of-cage play time by themselves (supervised) and with their human companion. Do not deny your bird adequate natural lighting, bathing opportunities, and most of all lots of TLC. If you are thinking about getting a companion bird, think long and hard about how much time you are willing to spend with that animal and think about the future, because most companion birds live at least 10 years, some live more than 50 years -- yes, 50!
Don't be afraid of your baby bird when it tries to bite. Most often this is just for show. Birds are only being territorial about their cage and want to impress it upon you. Young birds rarely do any real damage with a bite. Just ignore it and place your finger near her feet, saying "Up!" firmly every time you want to pick it up. If you act afraid it will continue to try to dominate the situation. Try a little Tabasco sauce putting it on what you don't want the bird to bite. Or try something bad tasting but not harmful to your bird.
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