The biggest mistake owners can make is leaving their bird in it’s cage. Birds are not meant to be part of the furniture, left to sit in their cage for the rest of their lives. It is important to let your bird out and fly freely. But there is more that can be done to create a beautiful bond with you and your bird, getting the most out of your pet. They will be your feathery friend in no time with these 5 top tips.
The best way to bond is to get up close and personal. Holding, petting and grooming your bird often will build trust and fill your bird with love. Show your affection and the bird will feel it. If your bird is nervous, start off by petting them lightly with your fingers through the cage. Keeping them in their cage will make them feel safer and avoid them becoming overwhelmed.
- Teach tricks
Birds can be taught tricks such as stepping on and off your finger, climbing ladders, mimic your words, and climb around your body. Reward your bird with treats and attention and your bond will grow. This will also make your a bird more sociable and friendly.
- Share food
Flocks in the wild display their bond to one another by sharing food. Sharing bird friendly treats whilst also eating them will show your bird that you are part of their flock and increase their trust in you.
- Treat your Bird
There’s nothing like a bit of bribery. Birds love to play so provide your bird with toys that they can play with in their cage. This will fill your bird with happiness which will result in them being more cuddly and affectionate.
- Chat, Sing and Dance
The more your bird hears your friendly voice the better. Chat to your bird in a soft voice often. Even better, sing! Birds love to move to music so singing and dancing with your bird will get them having the best time of their life.
Your bird will not become your snuggle buddy over night. So be patient and consistent with your time and attention. Don’t rush into scaring your bird off. Over time, the bond will strengthen and your bird will show you some TLC.
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