More than a flight of fancy

 
By Connie Orcutt • Published: December 1st, 2013
Category: Animal Airwaves
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If you’d like to bring a feathered friend into your family, consider this.

Birds, even pet birds, are not considered domesticated. They’re independent and share the needs of their free-flying cousins. For example, birds require the social interaction of a flock, which will be your family. They need room to eat and play, and playtime can be destructive. Some birds are noisy, which may annoy your neighbors. Conversely, all birds need peace and quiet for a good night’s sleep.

Your bird will require a healthy diet, which includes more than just seeds and nuts. Clean air, free of cigarette smoke and other toxic fumes, is also a must. And start looking now for a veterinarian who is experienced in working with birds.

Some birds live for over 50 years, providing your family with decades of joy and responsibility. Are you up to the task?