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Chapter 2

 What You Should Know About Your Bird



One mistake which many people make when they decide to purchase a new pet is to make a quick purchase without knowing much about the kind of pet they are adding to their home. This can lead to a number of unnecessary problems and unnecessary disappointment. They may find that they do not know how to properly take care of the pet, that it is much more time-consuming than they had expected, or that the pet they believed would be lots of fun was troublesome and annoying. They may even decide that they really do not want the pet at all.

Fortunately, this does not need to happen to you. If you are willing to spend just a little time learning about the pet you have chosen before you purchase it and take it home, you can easily avoid any unnecessary problems and disappointment. Your new pet-- and living with him-- will be a great experience!

Although the details will be addressed in an upcoming chapter, one of the most important things you need to know in advance is the upkeep which your new bird will need. This includes such factors as when, what, and how often he will need to be fed and watered, special products he will need in order to stay in excellent health, and the amount of exercise he will require. If this is to be your first pet bird, knowing all of this in advance can prevent worry and stress, and help your bird to lead a long, healthy life.

The more you know about the specific type of bird you have selected, this also will go a long way toward the happiest life for him and the most enjoyment for you. A good start would be to consult with the owner of your pet shop, or check into resources at your local library. You can learn about the bird’s personality style and traits, what he is capable of learning and doing, and any particular needs that he might have.

While you might be tempted to think that all birds are basically the same, this is not necessarily the case. Learning as much as you can about the specific breed you want to buy is not only informative, but will also show you how very special your new pet really is. You will surely appreciate his uniqueness!

When you have all of this information in hand, you will be better equipped to know what to expect from your new pet, how to deal with him effectively, and how to provide the type of care to keep him in the best condition and the brightest mood.. It is likely that you will also find learning all about your particular breed of bird is a fun experience in itself!

It is also a good idea for you to know what kinds of health issues you may need to deal with in your new pet bird, as well as his expected lifespan. Although pet birds are usually quite healthy and resilient, and require very little maintenance to stay in excellent condition, knowing these facts can help you to recognize health problems if they do occur. You will know if he needs to be treated by your veterinarian, or if there is a minor problem which you can easily take care of yourself.

There are two very important benefits to having this information. First, you will be prepared for any sudden emergencies which require immediate attention; and second, owning and caring for your new bird will be free of unnecessary worry.

One way to look at it is that if you were preparing to bring your first child home with you, you would want to learn everything there is to know before taking that important step. You can think of your new pet bird in a similar fashion. The more you know, the more prepared you will be to fully enjoy every minute of your life with the brand-new addition to your family. When you are better-equipped for his everyday care as well as any unforeseen emergencies, this will in turn give you more time to have fun with him! When it comes down to it, getting the most out of owning your new pet is the whole idea. You can relax, play, and love him!



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