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Louise Heginbotham3 years ago

​Adopting a bird in the Northern Rivers? Read on!

So you’ve seen all those adorable dancing bird videos circling around the internet, and you’ve decided you want to expand the family by adopting a feathered friend. While birds are intelligent, cute and often cuddly, they can also be messy, destructive and noisy—so it’s important to weigh up all the pros and cons prior to making a decision. We’ve found some vital things to consider that will help you decide whether a bird is the right pet for you and your family. Bird ownership is not always rainbows and butterflies. In fact, owning a bird can be more intense than a cat or dog—and may even require some lifestyle changes on your behalf.​

Read on to discover 5 things all bird owners need to know.

1. Make sure they don’t starve

Sure, this may seem like common sense, however it can be easy to think your bird’s feeder is full, when it’s actually empty. Birds crack their nuts and grains to consume the goodness of the inside, which means a feeder that looks full, might actually just be filled with grain husks. To be healthy, birds require a mix of grains, fruits, vegetables and seeds. You’ll need to be vigilant with their feed and make sure they’re not going hungry. Each species has different requirements, so be sure to discuss this with your local vet.

2. You’ll need to switch out your cookware

Did you know that non-stick cookware releases an odourless fume when hot? These fumes are toxic to birds, and can kill them in a matter of minutes. So you may have to switch the Teflon for stainless steel pots and pans instead. This also goes for scented candles, smoking, oils and air fresheners.

3. Get a good vacuum

Birds are messy, very messy. In most cases, you’ll need to sweep or vacuum daily to keep up with the constant flow of seed husks and feathers your bird will fling out of its cage. If you want a low-maintenance pet, a bird probably isn’t for you. Owning a bird takes a lot of time, and have to be tamed on an individual basis and require daily interaction. Be sure you want to devote this much time to your bird before buying one.

4. You may need earplugs

Birds love to talk incessantly. In doing so, they create a lot of noise that can be difficult to endure. Before getting a bird, be sure you’re ready to put up with a noisy pet. They also wake up when the sun rises, which means you probably will too.

5. Not all attire is bird-friendly

Birds love shiny objects, so any apparel with diamantes, beads or sequins are a no-no when handling your bird. You’ll also want to take off any jewellery you don’t want chewed up. Be prepared to lose a few buttons, too!

Really prepared to take on a bird as a pet? We’ve found some amazing vets in the Northern Rivers who can help keep your bird healthy and happy.


Vitality Vetcare

For professional veterinary care and advice, talk to the passionate team at Vitality Vetcare. Taking an holistic approach to vet care, you can be sure your bird, dog, cat, rabbit or other pet is in good hands. From acupuncture and herbal medicine to digital X-rays, surgery and some good old tender loving care, it’s no wonder Vitality Vetcare are a leading vet in Bangalow!
Where: 4a Ballina Road, Bangalow NSW 2479


Alstonville Veterinary Hospital

For more than 25 years, the team at Alstonville Veterinary Hospital have been providing pet owners with high-quality advice and services to keep their animal patients as healthy and happy as possible. Specialising in small animal medicine, you can be sure your new bird is in caring hands at Alstonville Veterinary Hospital. Book an appointment for professional advice today.
Where: 4 Daley St, Alstonville NSW 2477

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