Cost of keeping a bird
In addition to the initial cost of buying a bird and a cage, don't forget about ongoing costs such as food.
Choosing a bird
Before you buy a bird considerations should include:
- How much room you have as this limits the size of bird you can keep
- How much time your chosen breed of bird will need for you to play with it each day
- Are you prepared to look after your bird and clean the cage regularly?
- What your noise limit is – and that of your neighbours!
- How many different people will be interacting with the bird as some parrots will only bond with one person
- Does the bird need to be safe with children?
The secret to choosing a bird is to do lots of research and it’s also advisable to find out more about their characteristics.
There are many popular species of birds. For further information please visit the Bird Channel.
Hints and tips on new ownership
Once you’ve decided that you’re going to purchase a bird, do a bit of planning so that your pet’s first days in its new home are as easy and pleasurable as possible.
- Equipment for your bird should include a cage big enough for your pet
- Buy some pet food for your bird. Make sure you buy the correct food for the bird as nutritional requirements can vary. Your pet shop or breeder will be able to advise you on food and whether food supplements are required