Are You Making These 10 Common Bird Care MISTAKES?

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going to be talking about some common

mistakes that bird owners make if you

are making some of these mistakes do not

feel bad everyone makes mistakes this is

just an opportunity to improve your

birds quality of life

I made these mistakes when I was

starting out especially if you're a

beginner bird owner everyone has to

start somewhere and everyone will make

mistakes at the start so the first

mistake that a lot of newer bird owners

make is feeding birds and all or mostly

seed diet if you go to a pet store

they're probably going to sell and

recommend a seed mix and it seems like a

normal thing to feed birds right birds

eat seeds when you think of bird food

you think of seeds and a lot of people

are like oh it's natural for birds to

eat seeds Birds eat seeds in the wild

and yes it is true that a lot of parrot

species do eat seeds and nuts in the

wild cockatiels and budgies in

particular they eat a lot of grass seeds

so it should be good for them to eat

seeds right wrong you can never compare

a wild bird to a pet bird you can't

forget the fact that wild birds fly for

miles every single day just to find

their food and a pet bird can not

compare to that your bird can never get

the same amount of exercise in a house

as a wild bird does flying free outside

no matter how long your bird spends

outside the cage and no matter if your

bird is fully flighted or not they are

never going to be burning that same

amount of calories that you burn in the

wild does so the problem with feeding a

pet parrot a sea diet is that seeds are

high in fat and a pet parrot is not

burning off those extra calories so they

end up becoming overweight and

developing fatty liver disease so you

guys might know that Bluebell is my

first bird and I got her at the age of

nine this is violet by the way not

Bluebell they do look similar they're

both fully budgies but Bluebell was on a

seed diet for the first year of her life

before I researched her birds and knew

what was appropriate I followed the pet

store advice the pet store

me a bag of seeds and said that was

what's good for birds and I did not know

that seed diets were bad until I took

Bluebell to an avian vet for a checkup a

year later where they discovered that

she was very overweight you may notice

that Bluebell looks a little bit

chubbier than my other two budgies

violet and pearl and that is because she

has a lipoma which is a cluster of fatty

cells that actually never went away even

though she's been on a healthy diet with

lots of exercise for many years so an

all-state diet is extremely unhealthy

for a pet parent and instead you should

be giving you a bird as much variety in

their diet as possible I have an entire

video on what you should be feeding your

bird and I will include that link in

description but the main things that you

should be feeding your bird are a

variety of fresh vegetables high-quality

tell it's a little trip through some

cooked grains and sprouted seeds

sprouted seeds are a lot healthier than

Drive seeds and are actually much

similar to what birds are actually

eating in a while

the most important thing is making sure

that your bird is getting lots of

vegetables and pellets in their diet

because a lot of people will just leave

an open bowl of seeds in their cage all

day long for your birds eat whenever

they want when in reality dry seed mixes

should only be used as treats in smaller

quantities for training for taming to

get them back in their cage at night or

in foraging ploy so they actually have

to work for their food it is a really

good habit to make seeds a reward for

your bird because when you are training

them or when they're foraging you want

something that your bird is gonna be

motivated to work for instead of just

their normal everyday food that they get

all the time moving on from seed diets

the next mistake that a lot of beginner

bird owners make is keeping their bird

in a cage that is too small and that is

a very easy thing to do if you ever went

to a pet store a lot of people will go

to pet stores and buy all their bird

supplies in one trip but in reality you

should have your cage all set up before

you bring your bird home unless it's a

specialty bird store most pet stores

don't even have cages that are big

enough for any bird most pet stores have

small tabletop cages and their stores

because they're easy to store on shelves

and big cages are just not very

convenient to have lying around they

take up a lot of space they're not

practical for most stores and stores are

going to try to sell you whatever they

have in stock even if it's not

Oviatt for that animal guys it might not

look like I have a bird on me right now

every single video what are you doing

most of the time you should really plan

on buying your cage online and you

should always buy your cage before you

bring your bird home you should have it

all set up you should already have your

supplies and everything like that

it is very common to keep herbs in cages

that are just way too small with small

birds a lot of people keep them in small

tabletop cages that they can just pick

up and carry right outside that should

not be your bird's cage that is a

carrier in the wild birds fly for miles

every single day and no cage can compare

to that but at least give your bird a

flight cage don't get one that is tall

and narrow birds fly from side to side

so a cage that is 30 inches long and

only 18 inches tall is much better than

a cage that is 18 inches wide and 30

inches tall and please please do not

keep your bird in a round cage like

Tweety Bird those cages never provide

the amount of space a bird needs and

they also have no corners rectangular

cages have corners so birds can hide in

them if they feel threatened but in a

round cage they don't have those corners

so they actually feel scared in them now

another thing that a lot of people don't

look into is that cages for large

parrots like macaws are often way too

small as well I know those cages look

huge and they take up a lot of space but

macaws have huge wing spans and very

long tails so they need a very large

amount of space in comparison to the

size of a macaw if you're keeping a

macaw in a 4 foot by 3 foot wide cage

that is the same as keeping a budgie in

a 14 by 10 inch cage you need a lot of

space for all those toys and perches

that they need or else there's not going

to be enough enrichment in there for

them and then there's also the question

of how long your Birds going to be

spending inside their cage if you go to

school or you work a 9 to 5 job your

birds gonna be spending a significant

amount of time inside their cage so you

really want to have a lot of space for

them and lots to do in there

the next mistake which is a really sad

one is not letting your bird out of the

cage regularly and keeping your bird in

the cage most of the time or all the

time and treating them more like a

decoration this one just makes me really

sad because a lot of people still view

birds as caged pets as non interactive

as just something pretty to look at but

birds are so much more than that if you

ever watch my Birds especially they are

crazy and there are a lot of work and

they do get all over the place but they

need to come out of the cage they need

to explore and don't you want to bond

with them if you got a bird you want to

have a bond with them Harrods are

extremely social animals they bond very

closely with their owners if you tame

them right and I know that it's going to

be hard to tame them at first especially

if you have a bird that hasn't been

socialized but they're just so amazing

and you shouldn't get a bird it's just a

non keeping it in a cage all the time if

you're someone who goes to school or if

you work a 9 to 5 job yes you can still

have a bird but you should plan on

having the bird out whenever you can

whenever you're home because they just

need a lot of interaction they need

socialization they need exercise and

they need to be out of the cage all

parents need to be out of their cage for

several hours a day so include them and

everything you do have them out as much

as you can spend time with them but you

actually don't have to directly interact

with them for all of those hours that

they're out of the cage because they do

need to be independent as well so have a

please stand for them for them to play

with toys and forage and have a food

dish outside of their cage they should

be spending as much time outside their

cage as possible if you don't have

enough time to spend with a bird then

don't get a bird they are social animals

and there are plenty of pets that you

can get that don't require the same

amount of time that a bird does the next

mistake that bird owners make also it

goes along with this and that is giving

up when taming your bird and not taking

the time not having patience basic

getting bird and then they're scared of

you and then you just decide not to take

them out of their cage anymore because

you can't work with them the thing is

parents are crate animals so if you get

one that has not already been socialized

they will take a lot of time and

patience to tame them every single bird

is different and they can take months

for certain birds to warm up to you if

they've had a traumatic past or if they

have not been socialized so please do

not give up keep trying and they do not

deserve to live their lives in a cage

just because you don't have the patience

to work with them this is something that

happens a lot with budgies in particular

because they are small they're easily

spooked they tend to be more skittish

and a little more difficult to tame than

a lot of other parent species I have an

entire video on how to tame your bird

with violet when I brought her home and

she was scared of me so make sure to go

check that out but in the video it does

look like a very short process because

obviously I had to cut footage in order

for it to be a 15-minute watchable

YouTube video in reality the taming

process is very repetitive so you're

gonna end up doing the same steps over

and over again before they're

comfortable enough to move on to the

next step another thing if you don't

want to go through a super long taming

process that takes months and months of

patience then when you're out there

looking for a bird choose a bird that

chooses you if you're out there meeting

birds that you could potentially bring

home then see if one steps up onto your

hand from the start and maybe that's

gonna be the one that you bring home the

next mistake is forcing a bird to do

something that they don't want to do

that is also known as using a flooding

method and an example of this can be

taming a bird by holding them in your

hand and just waiting until they stop

struggling because they know that they

can't get away from your hands so

used to it but in reality they still are

not used to your hand this is something

that will make your bird lose trust in

you and if you break your birds trust it

is going to be harder to gain it back so

you're gonna have to start over and you

do not want your bird to go through that

either it is very stressful for them

another example of this is forcing your

bird to step up by pushing your hand

into their chest again this is something

that's gonna make your bird even more

scared of you the next mistake is using

the wrong type of perches in your cage

nearly all bird cages come with dowel

perches dowel perches are these smooth

straight long wooden perches that go

across the entire cage they're very

convenient but they are very very bad

for your bird's feet because dowel

perches are so smooth and they're the

same width along the entire perch

because they are manufactured to be that

way when a bird sits on a dowel perch

their feet are always in the same exact

position those pressure points that your

bird's feet are coming in contact with

the perch are the same and they do not

change because the perch has no

variation in it and when that happens

those pressure points develop sores and

those sores develop into infections over

time and that's what bumblefoot is with

even more time your bird can develop

arthritis because their feet are always

in the same position and they don't get

any exercise so you want to have lots of

natural wood perches inside of your

bird's cage in the wild birds feet get a

lot of exercise because birds are always

perching on different surfaces

another type of perch that you should

mostly avoid our sandwiches and sand

paper to cover sand perches are very

rough they're meant to trim your birds

nails but they often end up irritating

the bottom of your bird's feet

if you have to use a perch that trims

your birds nails then you should use one

that is smooth on top and only has sands

on the side of the perch where your

birds nails actually go so the next

mistake is using the wrong types of toys

in your cage and let's get this out of

the way for people who might not know

parrots absolutely need toys they are

necessary and that's another mistake is

not giving your bird toys at all toys

are not going to make a difference if

your bird does not play with them a lot

of pet stores sell mostly plastic toys

and most birds do not really show you

with plastic toys all that much

they might fiddle with them here and

there but they're not going to get as

much out of them as they would with a

toy that they can actually destroy and

shred which is what parents do in the

wild and what they really need to do

there's nothing wrong with having a few

plastic toys in your cage if your bird

does enjoy them but the problem is when

you don't have shredding toys in your

cage as well and you only have plastic

toys parents need to shred it's a

natural behavior another type of toy

that your bird does need is foraging

toys foraging toys are toys that make

your bird work for their food like they

do in the wild another problematic toy

that a lot of bird owners use are

mirrors mirrors can make your bird very

aggressive and hormonal because they

think that the bird in the mirror is

their mate mirrors are also just very

confusing to your bird even though

parrots are extremely smart they still

cannot recognize that the reflection is

not another bird so it does cause a lot

of problems when they think that the

reflection is their mate they become

defensive against anyone who touches

their mirror they might not even want to

come out of the cage anymore and it can

cause a lot of problems it can actually

become obsessed with looking at

themselves in the mirror all day long

and they might not want to play with

their other toys or interact with you so

it's really better to avoid mirrors even

if your bird is not having problems

because those problems could always

occur if your bird is not having

problems and then hormones season comes

around your bird can all of a sudden

become very aggressive when you try to

take them away from

so going along with that the next very

common mistake is in one way or another

hormonal e stimulating your bird

hormonal e stimulating your bird can

cause two main problems in female birds

it can cause them to lay unwanted eggs

and even become chronic egg layers where

they don't stop laying eggs laying eggs

takes a lot of nutrients specifically

calcium out of their body in order to

form that egg and unless you know

exactly what you're doing and you're an

experienced breeder you should not be

encouraging your bird to lay eggs it can

be fatal to your bird if they get egg

bound which is where an egg gets stuck

in their system as they're trying to lay

it now the second problem with hormonal

e stimulating your bird is aggressive

behavior and this can occur in both male

birds and female birds and the

aggression can be both towards you or

other people so there are several ways

that people can accidentally hormonal e

stimulate Birds and the most common one

is providing a nesting space for your

bird and that can often be a happy Hut

or a bed that you put in your bird's

cage you should not use those besides

being a nest happy huts have a lot of

other problems and they're really

dangerous so if you're still using one

take it out of your cage they can cause

blockages if your bird swallows the

fibers they're very fuzzy and it's very

easy for your bird to do that so they're

just dangerous don't use them another

thing is nesting boxes do not put any

nest box in your bird's cage if you're

not an experienced breeder who knows

what they're doing just because you

think your bird wants to nest

do not let your bird go into small dark

corners because those also stimulate

nests because parents nest in tree

hollows in the wild another way that

hormonal stimulation can occur is

petting your bird all the way down their

back or under their wings and this is

really common in cockatoos especially

because cockatoos love being petted

under their wings but you are actually

stimulating them when you do that they

you're breeding your bird on and they're

just gonna end up getting frustrated so

this next one is controversial but I'm

still going to say it and that is

clipping your bird's wings I believe in

letting birds be fully flighted all of

my birds are fully flighted and I have a

video on the benefits of flight and the

whole wing clipping debate if you want

to go check that out

but what I mean in the context of wing

clipping being a mistake is when you're

doing it for your own convenience if

your bird is flying around the house and

for some reason you don't want your bird

flying around the house if say you think

your bird's gonna fly into a wall and

that's why you're clipping them if you

just think it's necessary those are all

reasons that should never be used as why

you clip your bird's wings another big

one that is also a clipping for

convenience is clipping your bird's

wings just to take them outside instead

of taking the time to harness train your

bird or just using a carrier that in

itself is not safe and so many clipped

birds fly away because a breeze catches

them and they get spooked and that's all

it takes for them to take off into a

tree and then they don't know how to get


wing clipping should only ever be used

as a last resort in situations that you

cannot control but other than that Birds

deserve to be able to fly if you got a

bird they are a flying animal and there

are so many pets that cannot fly

clipping wings so your bird doesn't fly

into windows and walls birds do not

normally fly into windows and walls if

they are experienced fliers that know

the layout of the house you can teach

your bird not to fly into windows and to

know that windows are there by taking

your bird up to the window and tapping

them against it which means that the

first few times your bird is flying

around your house after being clipped

and their feathers grow back they might

fly into things a few times just as part

of their learning process that doesn't

mean that they're never going to learn

how to fly properly and you can teach

your bird how to fly by using recall

training and slowly building up the


they're able to fly you can also use

remelt training to teach a flighted bird

to fly down to your hand at the send so

if they ever do end up in a tree they

know how to fly back down to you which

clipped birds do not know how to do so

if they ever do fly away they would not

be able to get back to you it's just not

an excuse to say I don't want my bird to

fly around the house and get into things

because birds fly that's what they do

they're flying animals now the last

mistake that bird owners make is not

having an avian vet and not looking for

an avian vet before they decide to bring

their bird home if your bird gets sick

then what's going to happen to them

Birds depend on you for everything and

they can't just take themselves to the

vet so you really should be prepared to

take your bird to the vet if something

goes wrong this is a living being that

depends on you for everything in their

life so before you decide to bring one

home make sure that you can properly

take care of one so that is it guys for

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