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Having a bird nestled on its shoulder, stroking its plumage and smelling its scent of fruits and seeds brings immense happiness.
Some say it is the ultimate pet. What is it really?
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- Getting started with an eam bird
Benefits of the eam bird
- It does not shed hair.
- He doesn't ask for walks outside.
- After the initial investment, it is not expensive.
- He animates a home in a unique and playful way. Laughter guaranteed every day.
- It brings and generates a lot of love (can bond with a child with autism).
- Sharing your life is a privilege.
Disadvantages of the eam bird
- It's a long-term commitment.
- It must be handled every day at the risk of becoming wild again or developing behavioral disorders. He needs a lot of attention and a lot of interaction.
- He can choose a single master.
- You should clean your cage at least once a week.
- It is more difficult to keep a dog or a cat when you are away.
- When free, all windows should be closed.
- It can do damage in a home (with its beak and talons).
- Very noisy.
- One can develop an allergy to the powder that emanates from his feathers.
Choosing the right bird eam
The majority of eam birds destined for companionship belong to the Psittaciformes family. They are recognized by their large, strong heads, sturdy, hooked beaks, shimmering plumage, and legs that have four long, powerful toes (two facing forward and two facing back). They were chosen for their ability to imitate, vocalize, language and for their beauty. In the wild, they are found in Central America, South America, Africa, and South Asia and Oceania. Only individuals born in France in captivity and ringed can be resold. There are four main categories:
- The parrots : Gray from Gabon, Amazon, Arras, Cacatoès, Youyou… Their longevity is 20 to 60 years. They are particularly intelligent. They don't just imitate what they are taught, they have a real faculty of understanding. Due to their size, strong bill and assertive character, they are destructive and require a great deal of attention. A neglected bird could mutilate itself (sting), or even let itself die of grief. They are not recommended for novices.
- Parakeets : Cockatiel, Ring-necked Parakeet, Alexander Parakeet, Budgerigar, Lovebird… Their lifespan is 6 to 20 years. They can learn a few words, whistle perfectly, and imitate sounds. Reasonably sized, very playful, cuddly, docile and calm, they make excellent companions for beginners.
- Conures : green-cheeked, sun conure, pineapple conure, Patagonian conure, mouse or quaker conure… Real little clowns with magnificent colors, they are often used in circus acts. Charming, they are nevertheless garish and very nervous. They need to be occupied and stimulated. May be suitable for a beginner.
- The Loris : The Swainson's Lorikeet, the Blue-headed Lorikeet… Their longevity is 20 to 35 years. With a brush-shaped tongue, they have the particularity of feeding on fruit nectar and pollen. Their droppings are very liquid which is sometimes problematic in a home. Extrovert and dynamic, they must be given enough space to let off steam. Think carefully before acquiring this very beautiful bird, because feeding it correctly is more restrictive.
Purchases to plan for an eam bird
- A main cage very solid with reliable closuresadapted to the size and character of your bird. It should be equipped with perches of different textures arranged at regular intervals and ropes to facilitate the movement of the bird and allow it to wear down its claws. We will place anise sand or a newspaper as the bottom of the cage. Although this should be placed in a quiet, well-lit area away from drafts, do not isolate your bird. Her greatest happiness is to participate in the life of your family.
- A second cage smaller for transport to the vet or for vacation.
- A hut, a nest or a perch suspended as high as possible in its cage : The bird sleeps at heights naturally to protect itself from predators.
- A food dispenser, a water dispenser (it must be changed every day).
- Bath : Birds bathe for pleasure, to put their feathers back in place, to remove the powder and excess sebum they have on the body, to keep skin hydrated.
- A perch, a bird tree or a play platform to allow your eam to land as it roams freely in your home.
- Different pieces in raw wood (or with natural paint) that it can shred in place of your furniture. If you own a hazelnut tree, it is a perfect wood once dried.
- Food : There are seed mixtures that meet the needs of each species. It is advisable to ration sunflower seeds (fat and rich) and peanuts that our friends love. A daily intake of fresh fruits and vegetables is essential. We can add to their meal a complement of croquettes (or granules) which contain interesting nutrients and which limit the waste. At the time of moulting, we will give vitamins (to be diluted in water).
Your bird should be dewormed twice a year. These products are easily found in pet stores. Attention, the parsley and lemon are deadly foods for birds.
Learn to talk to your eam bird
- Leave the radio on.
- Record words or sounds on a dictaphone and cycle through the recording.
- Stimulate your bird by regularly repeating the words you want to hear him say.
Note that parrots learn throughout their lives, while parakeets, conures or lorises tend to remember the first words they are taught (five or six on average). The mouse conure is an exception to this rule, because it is particularly talkative. It's a big mind in a small body. The male has more capacities for this learning.
Understanding an eam bird
- I climb on the head: I want to dominate. This behavior must be stopped immediately.
- I pinch: i want to be the boss. You have to give it a sharp bang on the beak and say "no".
- I rub my beak making an adorable little noise: i am relaxed and happy.
- I stand on one paw, the other is up: i am ready to be calm and sleep.
- I regurgitate food on my master: I accept him as my companion, I submit.
- I bow my head to my master: i want to be petted. I love it when my beak is touched and my upper neck scratched.
- I agree to put myself on my back: I have total confidence.
- I cry out loud in my cage: I am in danger or I want to go out.
At first, living with a pet bird is confusing. Over time, you learn to associate your attitudes with a need or an expectation and to decode your important repertoire. He knows perfectly well how to make himself understood.
Smart tip about eam birds
The Cockatiel is an ideal eam for a family with children. Easy and docile, it will make everyone happy.
To catch a bird that refuses to enter its cage, plunge the room into the dark after spotting where it has landed. Use a flashlight to pick it up easily.
ATmeditate: “It’s the children and the birds that you have to ask about the taste of cherries and strawberries. "