The Best Pet Birds For Kids - Petcha

BIRD TALK Magazine readers ranked the top 10 best pet birds. Here are the results:
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If you enjoy long hours of peace and quiet, a bird may not be the best pet for you. Many parrots, especially those gifted at talking, tend to be exceptionally noisy. Parrot love to shriek, scream, whistle, talk and mimic others. The noise they generate can irritate your neighbors and prompt a visit from your landlord.
Doctor Hess: So, what are the best bird pets for beginners? People who’ve never had birds before.
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People ask us all the time about what they should feed their birds. And we know that what you feed your bird is important to their nutrition and their health, overall. Birds live longer and are much healthier when on a balanced diet.

For most birds, we recommend a pelleted diet. There are different types of pellets for different types of birds, but it's kind of like cereal for kids. It's a nutritionally balanced, complete diet, that you know if they get a good meal of pellets every day, they're at least getting overall good nutrition.

We usually say about two-thirds of a bird's diet should be made up of pellets. You can feed some table foods, some people food, like fruits and vegetables. You want to avoid high salt foods, high sugar foods, things that are very fatty, because some birds are prone to getting high cholesterol and atherosclerosis, or hardening of their arteries. Most food, really, should be purchased from a store that is commercially available for birds.

No fatty treats like seeds and nuts. They should be really limited. What about making your own bird food? A lot of people do ask if they can make their own food for their bird. I think it makes people feel nice to have the idea to cook for their bird and give them proper nutrition, but unfortunately, in our own homes, we are unable to make the correct mix of vitamins and nutrients in a food for birds. Most pelleted diets are very scientifically formulated to have the correct amount of calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin E. We can very easily miss things or even give our birds something that's not appropriate, if we were to try to make our own diets at home.

So, while we may have good intentions by trying to balance our bird's diet, giving them healthy foods that we would eat, a bird cannot really get the right nutrition from the food that we provide alone. So, the answer really is, a good pelleted diet, meant for the species of bird that you own, is the best thing that you could feed your bird. It's best to look into sourcing a pet bird from a reputable breeder, or better yet...
Photo provided by FlickrLearn about the best pet birds for kids in this Howcast video featuring veterinarian Laurie Hess.
Photo provided by FlickrLearn about the best pet birds for people who've never owned a bird before from veterinarian Laurie Hess in this Howcast video.
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Always deal with a reputable breeder or bird store when shopping for a pet. Some pet retailers see birds as products to be sold as quickly and efficiently as possible. Rapid stock turnover may be good for profits, but not for pets. Deal with people who sell healthy, well-socialized birds and you can count on the best start to your relationship with your new pet.Additionally, Wyld’s stocks educational materials for bird owners, such as books, video and audio tapes, and training aids. These items are extremely popular with bird owners and fanciers who want to provide the best care for their pet birds.But before bringing your new pet home, take the time to research each breed and see which best suits your lifestyle. Do you want your bird to be quiet or talkative? Calm or outgoing? Knowing the answers to these types of questions will help you find the perfect bird for you and your family.If your child is yearning for a pet bird, but your not sure what kind would be best for your child, it might be helpful to know about some of the best pet birds for kids. Here are five great choices for a child-friendly bird: