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I don’t know about you, but I cannot imagine myself in a world without birds and their morning hums. Birds make excellent pets for those who want the company of a living creature but don’t have enough time to take them out for a walk or spend hours trying to teach them.

Contrary to public opinion, birds can become wonderful companions and some species are smart enough to carry a small conversation with their owners. However, not all of them are low-maintenance so, before adopting one, think carefully if you’re fit for the job.


What are the most popular exotic birds and their characteristics?

Each bird has a unique personality, but many of them build a special connection with their owners, as long as they are well taken care of. Some of the most popular bird species that can become pets include canaries, macaws, African Grey Parrots, cockatoos, and budgies.

African Grey Parrots are known for their affectionate and jealous personality. Although quiet enough, they will become aggressive and possessive if someone tries to steal their owner’s attention. If trained properly, parrots can become fantastic talkers and excellent companions for people of all ages, especially those who feel lonely.

Budgies are low-maintenance and don’t require extra care. They can perfectly adjust in small flats and can also learn to talk. They are also extremely affectionate and make wonderful first pets for children and seniors alike.

Similarly, cockatoos also have a strong personality. They are loud and intelligent and create deep bonds with their owners. They will require your undivided attention but, if left free around the house, they might chew on things.

Macaws are quite pretentious and need constant extra care. They are big and strong, so they are only suitable in roomy environments. Avoid them if you have children.


You bought an exotic bird. How do you look after it?

If you’ve already decided to adopt a new bird pet, before bringing it home, you need to learn as many things about its behavior and personality as possible. How big is the bird going to grow? Does it need special care? Do you have enough space to provide a comfortable environment for your pet? Is there any special diet you should consider? Try to answer these questions first to make sure you are ready to welcome your bird.

Keep in mind that they are intelligent creatures and need constant brain stimulation. Provide them with toys and help build their personality. Some species can also become great conversation partners as long as you are patient with them.

You should also consider investing in some large and comfortable cages, high-quality food, and plenty of entertainment methods and toys. Book regular visits to the vet to ensure your pet remains healthy.


If you;ve decided to own a pet but don’t want to take full responsibility for taking it out for walks or constant visits to the veterinarian, you may want to start with a smaller-sized animal that’s easier to take care of. Birds could prove a great option as you can keep them in cages or free around the house, as long as you don’t have any windows or doors open.

Canaries are quite easy to look after and they won’t take too much of your space either. They don’t require any special diet and they usually eat everything that other birds eat. But, if you want to make sure you offer them the best nutrition, here are some tips on how to feed your canaries.



Most of the times, your canary will prefer eating all sorts of seeds, including grass seeds. The season dictates the type of seeds you should offer so try sticking to organic and fresh seeds if you want to keep your canary happy. However, bear in mind that canaries are prone to obesity so feeding it too much won’t show increased affection, but more a lack of discipline.

Canaries are naturally in love with millet so you can offer them it simple or combined with other types of seeds. You can go to a regular pet store and purchase seed mixes that also contain millet, but make sure your pet will also eat the other seeds too. Often enough, canaries are quite picky so they’ll only eat the millet which will lead, in the long term, to a lack of nutrients and vitamins.


Fresh fruits and veggies

Although seeds should represent the vast majority of the food you are feeding your canary, a diversified diet will only bring benefits. So try to supply about 20% of your pet’s daily food intake with fresh fruits and vegetables. Apart from providing all nutritious elements such as vitamins and minerals, fresh food is also rich in water which will keep your bird stay hydrated.

Your bird may be very fond of pale vegetables such as ice lettuce, but these won’t be able to provide all necessary nutrients either. Instead, try opting for small apple chunks, cucumbers, peas, cherries, kale, pumpkin, spinach, carrots, cabbage, sweet potato or beets.



Formulated diets

Some canary owners may prefer feeding their pets formulated diets in the shape of pellets. These can be bought from almost all pet shops and veterinary pharmacies and are specifically designed to meet the nutrition requirements of canaries.

If your pet wasn’t used to pellets before, try transitioning as gentle as you can. If you get rid of all your canary’s former food and replace it with pellets, the pet may refuse to it.



If you are unfamiliar with bird baths, choosing one can be a difficult task. The Internet can be full of unreliable information, that’s why I have decided to write down the information I’ve discovered along the way. There are many kinds and styles of bird baths to choose from, and every item you buy has to match the kind of bird you own.

Size is the first thing that comes to mind when going for the bath that you are going to use the most. The small ones are easy to handle, but if you have large birds, like parrots, it might be too hard to bath them without stressing the birds. Also, a larger model can accommodate more birds at once, thus saving you a lot of time that you can spend playing with your pets.

Another thing to consider is the design of the product. If it’s boring, you will be less inclined to use it. A beautiful model will make you give baths to your birds more often, meaning you can take even greater care of them. But be careful not to choose looks over craft quality. It has to be sturdy to resist the claws of the birds and repeated use.

Speaking of design, the ideal bath should be created to fit the anatomy of a bird without stressing the bird to the extreme. Some birds love to get frequent baths, but others absolutely hate it. So it is essential that a product is ergonomic, and that it has firm grips for the birds to hold on to. Also, a good model will have more than one depth, to accommodate all types of birds.

Growing up surrounded by birds, I’ve noticed that the height of the product matters too. They’re pets who love to look around and see what’s happening, so if a bath that is too tall, it might make them rebel against you. But it all depends on the personality your bird has, as sometimes they can show unexpected behavior, and go for a different thing from what you had in mind.

And ultimately, one thing you should take into consideration is the cost of such product. Taking care of birds is not easy, so a bath should not be that big of a burden on your budget. But at the same time, you should also choose the one that fits your bird, as it is not something you buy every day.

It is all about finding the equilibrium between what a product offers and how it will fit in your life. Your pet deserves the best product that makes it happy, you should not be satisfied by a small price tag but with a bad model overall.


Birds are noble creatures that make our lives happier and better through each song and sound they make. Most of them are majestic, displaying vivid colors and making us only wonder how is it to fly.

And while birds have survived (even better) without human interventions in the past, this doesn’t mean we can’t make their staying better and more welcoming, especially during the winter season.

Most birds are migratory, meaning they change territories as seasons come by, in order to not remain without food and water, and freeze to death. However, the birds that choose to stay during the winter do require proper care, so why not try to make their stay better?

So here are the best way to look after birds during the winter season.

Building bird houses

This is the best and easiest way to ensure birds get through the winter season safely.

However, before building birdhouses, you need to take some things into account like the types of materials you are going to use and the size of the houses. Metal and plastic should be avoided from the beginning as they don’t offer much protection against wind and excessive cold. I suggest sticking to regular wood to provide the best shelter against nasty weather conditions and offer a warm environment to sleep and rest.

The size of the house is also important, so choose it carefully depending on the bird species you wish to shelter. Before building, make a quick review of the bird breeds that live nearby in order to know how big the houses should be.

Also, the place where you will be positioning the house is of great importance, as not all birds are the same. For instance, wrens and robins are mainly land birds so they will appreciate houses up to 2 meters above the ground, preferably hidden in vegetation. Sparrows and starlings aim a little higher, so their houses should be around 3 meters above ground.


What to feed?

The greatest concern during winter is that birds won’t find enough food to eat, and they will starve to death. To avoid this, make sure to refill sed holders and bird feeders regularly. If you’re not sure what type of food to feed, it is best to just seek a local pet shop and purchase qualitative and nutritious food for birds.

Peanuts are perfect for birds during the cold season because they contain plenty of vitamins and nutrients to keep birds satiated. Dried and fresh foods like apples and pears are easy to find year-round and will also represent the perfect snacks for birds during winter.

Other types of food that are worldwide accepted by birds are grains, beans, and even uncooked rice, without any added salt or flavors, as well as bread (again, without too much salt or preservatives).


Having a pet is a great responsibility but also a terrific idea to get rid of loneliness and actually have a purpose in life. If you’re a parent and want to teach your kid to have some responsibilities, you can buy them a pet, as long as you won’t mind still being the one who feeds it, walks it, and cleans after it.

Nevertheless, no matter the size and the breed of the animal you choose, they will always bring joy and laughter into a house. And, while dogs require plenty of walks outside and cats leave a lot of hair, you can start by adopting a smaller-sized animal, such as a hamster. So, here is everything you need to know about your furry fellows.

How many types of hamsters are there?

There are numerous subgroups and breeds of dwarf hamsters, but most of them derive from four large groups – the Siberian Hamster, the Russian Hamster, the Desert Hamster, and the Striped Hamster. The latter is the most common type you will usually find in pet stores.

Each of these hamster groups comes with its own characteristics, so it is important to know what to expect. For instance, the average lifespan of the Siberian and the Russian hamsters is approximately 1.5 years up to 2 years, while other hamster groups like the Striped one have a prolonged lifespan of approximately 3 years.

It is important to know what to expect, especially if you are planning on buying your kid a hamster. If your children get easily attached to animals, you should tell them from the beginning that their fellow companions won’t stick around forever.


How to look after a hamster

Each individual will require a permanent source of fresh water and food, as well as a comfortable environment to grow. Keep in mind that each hamster requires its own type of cage, crafted to fit their specific dimensions.

Thus, you will require special dwarf hamster cages for these individuals, complete with self-feeding and water systems. The cage should also come with a comfortable bedding. I recommend choosing cellulose instead of wood dust because the latter can still contain larger parts that can cut or harm your hamster.


What accessories should a hamster need?

Keep in mind that your dwarf hamster is a nocturnal creature, meaning it will mainly be active during the night. Thus, it should have a constant source of lighting and plenty of leisure activities to embrace.

A hamster wheel is the most common type of fun accessory that will keep your friend busy and in shape. Remember that hamsters have a tendency to overeat, so you must watch your pet’s diet and make sure he or she performs plenty physical activities to avoid overweight and obesity.