November 28, 2012 1:22 PM Subscribe
So we're unexpectedly in receipt of a pet bird. What do we need to know?
posted by wierdo to pets & animals (31 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So there's this little green parrot, Kiwi. She's been happily living in someone's office for a good many years now, but new owners say the bird has got to go. This hopefully won't turn into a permanent situation, but somebody's got to take the bird until a permanent home is found.
Given that we already have three dogs and three cats, it'll be interesting to say the least. Luckily, we have a room that we can close off to the other animals when direct supervision is impossible, so safety from the other animals shouldn't be an issue. (hopefully they'll pay the bird no mind, but I'm planning for the worst, not the best)
We'll get advice from the present owners about feeding schedules and the like, but I really know nothing about birds. I do know this particular bird is fine venturing beyond her cage, at least when other animals aren't around. (I have a terminally cute picture of her sitting on my shoulder some years back) However, I've got little clue regarding caring for birds.
What needs to be done to make the house bird safe? I've heard that just about anything will kill them, so I'm somewhat concerned about this aspect, but fortuitously, we just had our furnace inspected and it's not spewing large volumes of carbon monoxide or anything. We do use a gas stove and oven for cooking, but the kitchen is on the other side of a poorly insulated and drafty house. What else do we need to know? Does anyone have any good resources on pet birds?
Any tips you have would be greatly appreciated. Whether this ends up being a two week thing, two month thing, or twenty year thing (I don't know how long small parrots live?) I'd like to make Kiwi's stay as pleasant and healthy as possible. Talk to me like I'm three, because I really have no clue beyond my 7th grade science teacher having had a couple of cockatiels at school, whose cage cleaning duties I had to attend to a couple of times. I don't even know what temperature they need to be kept at.
Sorry for the rambly style. I really have no idea, so I don't even know what information is relevant or what I don't know. There's lots of unknown unknowns for me here.