So, you have questions?
Most of us have many questions. Here are a few that seems to always come up. Please do not be afraid to ask questions, the only stupid question is the one that is unasked.
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Can the bird talk? if so how do I teach it to say things.
All birds have the ability of speech. Some take to it, and some sadly do not. There is no telling which out of a clutch will talk better than the others. Speech is taught by repetition. Some people say using a recording works, in my experience ours interacted with us more when we repeated words to them ourselves. The ones we tried with a recording spoke more when no one was in the room. Funny how those little minds work.
Should I trim it's wings?
For safety sake, I always recommend trimming the wings. Birds will fly towards windows, and can hit them hard and break their neck, or fly into a fan, or out a door when someone opens it, not knowing the bird is out. Accidents happen, so just take every precaution. It is our job as bird parents to keep our feathered kids safe.
What's wrong with just giving my bird seeds purchased from a pet or department store?
Number one, the seed has probably been sitting in a storage facility for quite some time. So, it has lost some of the nutritional value. My suggestion is to find a local supplier, usually a breeder who sells supplies also. Their stock is bought often and the freshness is what I am concerned with. Second, seeds are not a balanced diet. They need fruits, veggies, and pellets to make a balanced diet. It is like yourself, you could not live a long healthy life without the proper nutrition and balance in your diet. Potato chips are not a well balanced diet!
Is it safe to have our bird out with our cat or dog? In my opinion, NO! I have seen too many birds that have been injured or killed by the family cat or dog. No matter how much they seem to get along, there is always a chance, and is it worth it? Do I have dogs or cats, the answer is yes. But I do not trust them out together, both are like my children and their safety is my responsibility.
How often should I trim my birds wings and nails? When the bird goes through a molt, starts to loose feathers like a dog shedding, the trimmed feathers will fall out and new ones grow in. When the wing feathers have grown in again, or most of them have grown back in, it is time to trim again. Nails should be done when they show growth and when holding the bird you can feel the sharp points of the nail. Keeping a good lava rock or a rough perch will help trim the beak and nails. If the beak seems too long, let an experienced avian person give you an opinion before trying to trim it yourself. You can cut too closely and cause bleeding in any one of these things. Birds can bleed out quickly, so have someone with experience teach you or take it to someone with experience to have these things done.