posted on Jun, 24 2009 @ 06:35 PM
Dried cuttle fish in the cage, plenty of toys - don't keep them all in the cage at once tho, instead have a box of them somewhere and keep rotating
them so every week the cage is a little different.
Do you have a ceiling fan? Or any other type of fan? Because they are a very quick way to break a birds neck, happens all the time, when the little
fella is having a little fly around make sure it's off.
Birds - especially the smaller ones are VERY susceptible to fumes of all kinds, you know they used to take them down mines to check for bad air? - the
bird drops dead you pick up your kit and get out! Watch out where you go spraying things like air freshener, deodorant stuff like that... Also non
stick pans can give off a very toxic fume that will even damage humans!! Some times people forget to take a pan of the heat, they reach a certain
point and all the birds in the house die!! Bummer if it's a canary, big bummer if it's your collection of very expensive parrots! It does
NO CHOCOLATE!! (or almonds I think, I know almonds are poisonous to parrots, I've never had a canary).
And hopefully you will be able to handle your bird, handle and play as much as possible, once they get used to it they really get to like it... And
if your up for it learn how to 'towel' your bird, it's a very comfortable way for you to examine the bird, clip the wings and all that. - Some
people say that clipping the wings is cruel but my take on it is that it's more cruel to let the bird escape and inevitably die (house birds do not
last long at all in the big bad world)... Clipping is actually easy, a vet will charge you but they will also usually show you how it's done, I
taught my self from a book I had.
Just so you know I do have experience with pet birds, I inherited a Kakariki (sp?) And I also had a Grey (the parrot not the space man) for 3 years,
had to sell him on though because I had to move a lot because of my job - he was a great bird though. he was not hand reared and came frm what I later
found out to be a bad breeder, so he was a serious handfull for the first 3-4 months!! We got on really well after that tho... Shame I had to let