Here’s a list of things nobody told me before I got my bird. You’re welcome to fact check and add your own experiences! I hope this helps someone!
Possibly disturbing images of animal neglect below.
NEVER get a pet bird who lives alone a mirror for their cage. They can choose their own reflection as a mate, which needless to say isn’t healthy and can be extremely sexually frustrating. It’s much healthier to get even small birds foraging toys to entertain them.
ALL birds need lots of social interaction if they’re going to remain mentally healthy! This is especially important for birds that live in large groups in the wild like cockatoos, finches, and parakeets, but also true for “loner” birds like Senegals and African Greys. Without the proper social interactions (hours a day with people or other birds) birds can get bored and pick up destructive habits like feather pulling, biting, and screaming, and even develop mental illnesses like depression or anxiety. Yes, even parakeets.
Feather pulling removes a bird’s main way of staying warm, which can lead to life threatening things like hypothermia.
Parrot’s body temperatures are around 103 degrees Fahrenheit, much higher than humans, and largely thermoregulate through their feet. Because of that and their small body size, they can get hyper or hypothermia fairly easily when compared to humans. In hot months it’s important to provide them with a shallow dish of water they can cool off in, and in cold months, a heating pad or perch they can sit on to keep warm. Parrots do best in a stable, relatively warm environment; while they can take slight changes, drastic changes in temperature can be very detrimental. Non-tropical/arid birds are a bit different from what I hear, so can’t really talk about them.
Parrot beaks constantly grow, so it’s important to provide lots of chewing fodder (I like to call them sacrifices) for your parrot to chew on or get their beaks trimmed by a professional.
These can be hard calcium treats, wood, and other natural materials. Some can be plastic but I wouldn’t recommend those as they can be swallowed and impede digestion or become a choking hazard.
Birds are prey animals! They’re typically very nervous because they’ve been hardwired for centuries to be on the lookout for things that want to eat them. They’ll get nervous around new things, strange noises, and new people. They can learn to overcome some fears by careful desensitization, lots of social interaction, and a calm, careful owner. It’s VERY important to keep them away from predatory animals (dogs, cats, etc.), as it can cause unnecessary stress on the animals. If they absolutely have to interact, do so in a controlled environment and with one or both in separate carriers, cages, or pens. Know your animals, pay careful attention to their body language, and be prepared to step in if either looks stressed or aggressive.
My parrot Apollo meeting my friend’s cat, the right way.
Just like humans, birds have dietary needs that must be met if they’re to remain healthy. A few of the most important are Vitamin D (sunlight!), calcium (especially important in hens), and protein (required to grow healthy beaks, claws, and feathers). The easiest ways to take care of the first two is to provide your bird with lots of sunlight (direct or indirect depends on the bird) and a constant supply of cuttlebones or calcium treats. There are several different diet plans out there for all kinds of birds, but all agree that birds CANNOT live off nothing but seeds. This can cause fatty liver disease and early death, even in otherwise healthy birds. All parrots are usually fed a diet of pellets, fruits, and vegetables, but the ratios really depend on who you ask.
Here’s a few food pyramids for parrots:
Birds absolutely CANNOT be fed:
Any greasy, salty chips/popcorn or any processed “human food”
Alcohol (I shouldn’t have to say this)
Feel free to add on
Before you feed your bird ANYTHING, please look it up and make sure it’s safe!
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>Video Games (In general and a few specifics listed below)
Life is Strange
League of Legends
Legend of Zelda
Animal Crossing (Separate blog dedicated to this at mayormaid.tumblr.com)
Most Horror Games
>Art (in general)
>Dancing (Mainly Swing Dancing)
System of a Down
Red Hot Chili Peppers
American Horror Story
Master of None
Orange is the New Black
Did You Know Gaming
The Game Theorists
So yeah! Thanks for reading through and have a great day. :3 Also, just as a side note, even still, this isn’t an all encompassing list but it’s a place to start! :D
is classified as a shitty new-age gift shop.
It’s small and it’s cramped and it’s located in one of those
seedy, almost-abandoned strip malls on the absolute wrong side of PCH—it shares
a mailbox with a discount beauty supply store and a Russian bakery that Draco’s
pretty sure is just a front for money laundering, and it always smells a tiny
bit like someone spilled a party-sized bottle of cheap domestic sherry on the
incense counter. There are Ikea shelves lined with dip-dyed crystals and
desert-scavenged fossilized scrub-brush, dusty triangular vials of essential
oils and papier-mâché plates inscribed with Celtic runes and medical-grade
glass jars filled with loose-leaf dried herbs; there are sandalwood spirit
boxes and polished teak rain-sticks and knock-off Inuit dream catchers and a
disturbing number of animal skeletons, too, bronze cauldrons and gold needles
and multi-packs of purified iron disks.
is classified as a shitty new-age gift shop.
is an underground black-market occult superstore.
remember the movie balto? that was like the saddest movie when i was a kid. when balto walks in on the carpenter making child-sized coffins bc everyone is sick and he just wants to help save that sick little girl so he can get with her pretty dog. also it made me sad that they made that one dog so mean bc i didn’t like the feeling of disliking a dog who just wants to be the fastest. i also sort of had no concept of the time period like them still using telegrams went way over my head i was like why don’t they just take the little girl to the doctor….duh?
i. Crawling - Linkin Park // ii. Going Under - Evanescence // iii. Last Resort - Papa Roach // iv. Bodies - Drowning Pool // v. You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid - The Offspring // vi. Indestructible - Disturbed // vii. Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace // viii. You’re Going Down - Sick Puppies // ix. Falling Inside The Black - Skillet // x. Danger Line - Avenged Sevenfold
The shop had a haphazard collection of Ikea shelves lined with dusty bottles of oil and sticks of incense shoved recklessly into cups. Tarot cards and candles took up space on the side board and the counter was full of a surprising and mildly disturbing amount of tiny animal heads that were covered in a thin layer of dust. Small cauldrons and wooden boxes and crystals and buckets of unidentifiable things took up the rest of the space, and a shadowed door led to a tiny back room.