Decades ago, caged birds within the house were very popular pets. In years, many people have changed their ideas on confining birds to The discovery of the disease psittacosis (carried by birds through the air to cause pneumonia in humans) has also had effect on the decline in popularity of indoor birds. Nevertheless, many little birds are kept in small cages within the house for their owners great pleasure.
In the last few decades, outdoor aviaries have become enormously popular and in arguably, a much more humane method of keeping adaptive. Many aviaries are large enough to allow flight, and the growth of natural vegetation. This usually provides such a satisfactory environment that the birds will reproduce, despite being in captivity. most popular birds are canaries, tiny finches, budgerigars, small parrot, a quail. The keeping of large parrots such as the Australian white crested cockatoo in small wire cages should probably be outlawed. These are very intelligent and in most cases can be set free to return as ‘free ring pets’.
Whether you obtain your bird from a pet shop, a breeder or a friend, be sure that it is in good condition, with a sleek plumage, bright eyes, and alert manner. Examine the bird’s cage for evidence of diarrhea. The bird droppings are target-like with the centre white (urine) and the outer brown (feces). Check the cage for signs of moulting. If the bird moult it is likely to be sick, especially if it is on the floor of the cage. It is best to get a young bird so that it becomes attached to you. New born parrots, canaries and finches are blind and naked for the first month . After the first moult, which usually occurs at twelve months, it is not to determine a bird’s age. Older birds tend to be fatter and their plumage is less smooth and sleek.
Sexing of birds is difficult unless the plumage of the male and female of the same species is different in color.
The bird locked in a small cage will get bored and this may cause health problems necessitating a trip to the vet. Include in the enclosure toys such E swings, chains, bells and mirrors, as well as some fresh vegetation. Above the bird will need your company, so place the enclosure (whether cage a aviary) in an area where there is plenty of human activity.
Birds can also be trained on the reward system to do various ‘tricks’, sally of the vocal type. Most canaries are bought for their song, and most members of the parrot family in the hope that they will develop an elaborate vocabulary. The best way to be assured of a songster or a mimic is to get bird already showing its prowess in these fields.
Birds do not need any vaccinations. In fact, most birds, if kept in hygienic conditions with regular food and clean water, lead a healthy life without ever needing veterinary attention.