Birds are the third most popular pet in the United States. Even though they are small and caged, birds still require a great deal of care and attention. They are complex creatures, and if you take good care of your own bird, you will have the opportunity to see what unique pets they are.
Birds of a Feather Flock Together
In their natural place in the wild, birds would be a part of an extended social group, the flock. Even though male canaries may typically be kept by themselves, many birds are happier with a partner or small flock. In most cases, male/female pairs will do the best together. Finches frequently live in flocks of 100 or more, so having just one finch is contrary to their nature.
The flock structure offers an individual bird its community, in which it learns everything it needs to learn, and receives everything it needs for a happy, well-adjusted life. The sheer size of the flock also offers great security and real protection for all of the members. Within this flock they would have parents and siblings and buddies and, usually, a truly bonded partner. Moreover, the flock creates an “aliveness” that keeps the members attentive and interested all of the time.
While your home may not be conducive to raising an entire flock, your pet bird would probably be a lot happier with a friend of the same species, especially if he or she is often left alone for long periods of time. In some cases, birds who are left alone may exhibit behaviors of insecurity or loneliness such as excess or uncontrolled screaming and screeching.
Unlike cats, dogs, rabbits, and other pets, you do not need to spay or neuter your birds. These surgeries for birds are much more invasive, and because of birds’ extremely light weights, correct anesthesia can be tricky. Also, since birds lay eggs, their population can be controlled by simply removing the eggs.
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