A Beginner’s Guide to Keeping a Bird as a Pet – Everything You Need to Know

Having a bird as a pet is not for every family. But if you are considering adopting a bird for a pet, there are a few things you and your family will need to know before bringing your new feathered friend home.

From the cage, to what to feed your bird, you will find all the information you need if you click here. Below are several ideas to keep your new pet healthy and happy.

Time Involved

Before adopting a bird for your family, you should discuss with each member how much time they are willing to give to the care of the new pet. A bird may seem like an independent creature, but they do need help with food, water, cleaning the cage, vet visits, and playtime.

Most of the birds up for adoption will not require more than about an hour a day. Adopting two birds at one time may be helpful when it comes to keeping a bird entertained. They will talk and sing and play with one another.

There are also some birds require several hours of attention a day. Any bird of the parrot species, cockatoo, amazons, macaws, and Conures all require more time. You may not have to hold them all the time, but they will want to be near you and need interaction with you in the form of talking. So, you will need to figure more time for these types of birds. If you travel or have a busy schedule, these types of birds are not for your family.

Costs of Birds

The cost of purchasing the bird only depends on what type of feathered friend you are thinking of buying.

Parakeets and Budgies are the cheapest and smallest birds and cost anywhere from $10 to $35. Finches are also small and begin at $10, but can increase in price up to $100. Canaries can cost between $25 and $125. Cockatiels will cost anywhere from $50 to $150 for they are a bit larger bird. Macaws and African Grays are among the largest pet birds and cost between $600 and $9000.

Cage Costs

The cost of the cages varies from the small, which run about $10, to the extra large that can cost up to $1000. These are just the cages the birds spend most of their time in, for eating, sleeping, and playing.

There are also flight cages for birds to spread their wings and fly in the safety of your home and in a contained area. Flight cages cost up to several thousand dollars for the ones that take up nearly an entire room.

Why a Bird May Not Be For You

Birds Live for a Long Time – The commitment to a pet bird is many, many years. Some of the pet birds, if well cared for, will live past 75 years of age. This is a long-term commitment for you and your family and something to think about.

Birds Bite – All birds bite, and it is not because they are mean, but rather they are wild by nature and most likely scared. It will happen to the nicest pet owners and from the nicest birds.

Birds Are Messy – Birds can’t help themselves, they can only eat in one way, in a big mess. You will need to clean the cage and the area around the cage daily. This is time-consuming and sometimes disgusting because they also potty in the same manner and the same place.

Birds Are Loud – All birds are vocal creatures, however, some of them are louder than others. The larger the bird, the larger their voice will be. And birds do not stay quiet just because you asked.

Noise Levels

Some people will enjoy the chatter a pet bird will provide on a daily basis. Many of the words you say can and will be repeated so watching what you say could be an issue in some households.

Listening to their bird sing a song is another favorite of many bird owners. They will sing their own version of a song unless you take the time to teach them how to sing your favorite song.

Here are five birds that are quieter than the others if noise is an issue with you or anyone in your family.

1. Senegal Parrots

A medium-sized bird, about 10 inches in length and one of the quietest birds in the parrot family. They are less likely to scream and screech like several other breeds of birds.

2. Parrotlets

Another in the parrot family, they are small and do not scream or screech like the majority of hook-billed birds. They do create soft chirps and chatter that is more soothing than annoying.

3. Budgies (Parakeets)

This is the smaller version of the parrot, although they look almost identical. They have a voice, but not the desire or volume to screech and scream as the larger birds do.

4. Canaries and Finches

Since these are tiny birds, their voices are also tiny. They may make a small “beep” or “squeak” throughout the day, but it is more sweet than harsh.

5. Cockatiels

These are a bit larger bird, but their voices are softer, and they can be trained to do a variety of behaviors that are funny and will make them and you happy. They are a popular bird and one that loves to please their owners.


A nutritious, varied diet is what pet birds require from their daily food intake. This can include veggies, fruits, seeds, and special bird pellets.

Birds are loving and can provide years of fantastic entertainment and enjoyment for everyone in the family. At first, they may not seem to be as much work as dogs or cats, but they do need attention and a lot of care.

Make sure you visit someone who has birds or a place where birds are kept, like a nursing home. This will give you and your family an idea about the birds’ daily needs and care.


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