Selecting A Pet Bird
Updated on 12/21/13, Originally posted on 2/25/12
Weekly Bible Verse: Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Do not worry, for if you trust and serve the Lord, He will take care of you. If there is something that you are worried about, read Matthew chapter 6 starting in verse 25 to the end of the chapter.
I love birds, and in my opinion they are easier to care for than cats, dogs, rodents, and reptiles. One thing to remember about birds is that they do make a mess with their feed around the cage, so vacuuming is a must.
If you are a first time bird owner, I would recommend you buy two Zebra Finches or a Parakeet. Both kinds of birds are relatively inexpensive, ranging in price from $10-$20 each, depending on the store you buy them from. Both types of birds are fairly easy to care for and not too noisy. If you want a bird that you can take out of its cage and tame, the Parakeet is the better choice out of the two. Male Parakeets usually make a better pet than a female (females bite harder). Parakeets will climb around in their cage more than flying, so try to find a cage that has some parallel bars. More info on Parakeets can be found here. If you just want a fun, active bird to enjoy looking at, go with the Zebra Finch. Zebra finches fly a lot more than a Parakeet so a longer cage is better than a tall one. Zebra finches enjoy each others company and do better in small groups so be sure to buy two or more. If you don’t want your finches to have babies, don’t buy a male and a female. Male Zebra Finches have orange circles on their cheeks and females do not. Whatever pet bird you decide on, remember to do research on how to care for the bird before going out and buying one. The information here is just to help you pick a bird and not how to care for one. A healthy bird has bright clean eyes, is active, and does not have rumpled up feathers. With proper care your new little bird will live for several years. Enjoy your new pet!