Thursday May 11, 2017
Bonnie Kenk stated: “If you are interested in a certain species, you need to learn everything you can possibly learn.... to make sure that it will in fact fit into your lifestyle.”
In lieu of Bonnie's statement, below are some of the most popular bird breeds people have as pets and how the owners feel about caring for them.
Cockatiel were was first discovered in Australia around 1770. Cockatiels are medium in size and can live up to 25 years. Cockatiels can be very affectionate, and are a relatively inexpensive to maintain. However, they do like to socialize and get bored easily (which can cause them to pluck out their feathers) so play with them daily. Male cockatiels are more talkative than female cockatiels.
Congo African Grey Parrots:
At 13-15 inches tall and a lifespan of 50-60 years, the Congo African grey parrots are an excellent candidate for those who want a long-term pet relationship. Congo African grey parrots are loved for their intelligence (testing in some tasks on a 4-6 year old level), long lifespan and size.
Congo African grey parrots loving and affectionate but do require mental stimulation to remain happy.
Budgerigars, are also known as budgies or parakeets. The first budgerigar was brought to Europe by John Gould in 1840. At 7 inches tall, budgerigars are one of the easiest birds to maintain making them ideal for school age children. Owners of these birds enjoy their playfulness, and affection.
The monk parakeet or most commonly known as the quaker parrot has a lifespan of 30+ years growing to 11 inches tall. They are native to South America but can sometimes be found in Southern Florida. Quaker parrots have quirky personalities with their mimicking abilities rivaling those of a larger parrot. Quaker parrots are quite adaptable and can get along with every member of the family including the family dog!
Cockatoos originate from Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea, the Philippines. They live up to 40-60 years and range from 12-24 inches in height depending on the breed. Cockatoos can learn to mimic sounds and even speak in short sentences so mind your manners! Cockatoos require a lot of attention (at least two hours of handling per day) to be happy or they can become aggressive and loud. Cockatoos love to observe their surroundings even watching television so cage placement in a high traffic room could prevent loneliness and boredom.
Native to South America, Conures are quirky, colorful and grow 10-20 inches tall. Owners have said this species is very loyal and intelligent.
Conures don't need the space required for larger parrots which can make this the perfect bird for condo or apartment life. They love to cuddle and observe whatever you're doing.
Native to Central and South America, Macaws are famous for their impressive 4 foot wingspan, vibrant colors, and 60+ year lifespan. Macaws can develop the intelligence level of a 3-8 year old child mimicking complete sentences. Macaws are extremely sociable and require consistent/daily interaction with people to remain tame and happy.
Some general tips on caring for your feathered friend:
- A window can cause your bird to be on constant alert for "enemies" which can cause undue stress.
- Ensure you have correct feed for the species of bird you have as some species have special dietary requirements.
- Stimulate your bird by placing food in a different spot each day such as tying fruit to a branch. Birds will sometimes pluck their feathers when becoming bored or depressed.
- Keep your bird tame and teach it tricks by handling it daily.
- Maintain your bird’s cage. This is the easiest way to keep bacteria that can make your bird sick at bay. Plus, who wants to live in a dirty house?
- Birds do molt especially in summer months or when they start to mature. This is completely normal so don't be alarmed.
- Did you know? A bird's beak can continue to grow throughout it's lifetime. Giving your bird a cuttlebone, or branches to chew on can solve this potential issue.
- A bird's cage should be at least three times the width of the bird's wingspan. Keep this in mind when choosing a species.
- Birds need separate water bowls for them to drink and bathe (birds will not drink from their bath water). This is especially important in warmer summer months.
- Give your birds Noni Fruit Leather. Noni Fruit Leather is a powerful raw food for humans and pets alike, and can help prevent and treat a wide variety of ailments and extend a long, healthy life.
Hawaiian Organic Noni Fruit Leather is made of 100% organic noni pulp. We dry the pulp at a low temperature to create a raw food product that is non-fermented, potent, and full of beneficial nutrients, enzymes, and compounds that heal the body. I say to give your birds noni because here in Hawaii we have wild chickens that absolutely LOVE eating raw noni! One time during a tour I cut open some noni and a chicken jumped on my chest to eat it. Animals know what's good for them and what's good for them is noni!
Click here to watch a video of wild chickens eating noni!