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Birds are fascinating; some of them have an almost magical song that calms and brightens your home. Have you decided to get a bird as a pet for your home? Be careful, as this isn’t completely without its consequences! You are committing to taking care of your little bird, to guaranteeing it a place to live which is safe and reassuring and to giving it everything it needs – namely food, shelter, a drinking trough and the other accessories which are essential for its well-being. At pricehunter.co.uk, you can compare a thousand of products dedicated to birds to find the best products on the market.
Choose your little bird’s house well
Adapt your bird’s cage
Your bird’s cage is its living space, so it must be completely adapted to its needs. Don’t buy one until you have thought about the space you want it to take up and how many birds you are thinking of putting in there. As a general rule, birds don’t like solitude and so they are usually sold as a pair. This is particularly the case for budgies and canaries, which get bored quickly when alone. Once you have decided on the species and the number of little small boarders that will occupy the premises, it is time to choose their habitat. It needs to be cosy, comfortable, spacious and safe.
Choose the dimensions well
If your bird needs to stay indoors, a cage will be more suitable, but if you adopt birds which tolerate changes in temperature well, they will certainly be better off in an outdoor aviary. If you’ve decided to take chickens under your wing, a chicken run will provide the perfect shelter. Provided you have enough space, you should favour a larger surface area so that your feathered friend can spread its wings, fly and hop around to its heart’s content. But it shouldn’t be too big either, so that your bird still feels safe. Try to give your bird a habitat with balanced dimensions, both with regard to length and width. But if you don’t have any choice, you should favour length for birds that tend to fly about, such as passerines, for example. For birds with a penchant for climbing and scaling things, like parakeets or parrots, focus more on height. At pricehunter.co.uk, you will find a full range of cages and aviaries of all different shapes and sizes, made from a variety of materials (metal, plastic, wood for example): compare the prices before buying and you will definitely save money.
Equipping your bird’s habitat
Once you have chosen your bird’s shelter, you will need to equip it with all the accessories that are essential for its well-being: a drinking trough, a feeding trough, a nesting box, a bathtub and perches. These are the main things that your bird needs. Most cages are sold with appropriate accessories, but check that the one you have chosen comes with these materials. Otherwise, don’t panic, as our website gives you the option of comparing the prices of hundreds of accessories to complete your equipment.
Feeding your bird
Your bird’s basic food is made up of a mixture of grains. The grain mixes that you can buy are perfectly suited to caged birds, as they can get all the vital elements for a balanced diet from them. Take a look at our bird feed page, where you will find mixes both for exotic birds and wild birds. In this way, you can easily compare the prices of one product, based on the brand selling it. Apart from grains, which are essential, your little bird will be delighted to munch on juicy fruit or vegetables. Birds' digestive systems need sand to help their gizzards digest food. Don’t forget to put some on the floor of their home! And of course, make sure that their drinking trough contains clean water each day.
Toys for your bird
Just like all domestic or captive animals, birds need stimulation to avoid boredom. This is even more the case if your bird is all alone behind the bars of their cage. For this reason, there are bird toys available to entertain them: ladders, gyms, rings, ropes, mirrors etc. Even if this sort of thing may seem like a gimmick to you, they are actually of real interest to your birds, who hone their natural hunting instinct using them. Some are only intended to be destroyed: wicker braids or other cardboard objects, for example. Others arouse their interest by letting them search for food: fruit or grains hidden in a ball can occupy your bird for hours. And if you doubt your bird’s intellectual abilities, try out intelligence games: labyrinths or activity platforms with buttons to press and objects to insert... Prepare yourself – you’ll be surprised!
Caring for birds of the sky
If you like to observe birds in their natural habitat, you will know that some of them come to visit you regularly. Maybe there’s a little robin redbreast or a little tit that comes to your window every morning, in a sort of morning routine. For them too, our website lists a number of high-quality products, including the well-known fat balls, which help the birds in our gardens to get through harsh winters. From the beginning of springtime onwards, birds will no longer need your help to get their lunch. When the summer heatwaves come, however, a drinking trough filled with cool water every day should have them flocking back in a flash. In short, your garden or your balcony can be a real little paradise for wild birds, especially if you install a nesting box for them in their favourite tree!