What Do Birds Need?
A Home to Call Their Own
Birds like to nest and raise their young in a safe place, so it is essential that you provide them with the right kind of shelter. You can do this by ensuring you have a variety of shrubs, trees and plants throughout your yard. These will give birds a range of shelters from the sun, rain and winter snows.
Food: A balanced diet that includes fresh vegetables, fruits and seeds is essential for healthy birds. It is also a good idea to provide your birds with pellets that will ensure they are getting the right nutrients they need.
Habitat: A healthy habitat is essential for all kinds of wild birds. A mix of native plants, flowers and trees is best to help a variety of species meet their needs.
Providing a diverse ecosystem that includes a mix of regionally native plants is the most important way to provide birds with the food and shelter they need.
Fruit: Fruit is the ideal food for birds because it provides them with the fat they need to survive the cold winters. The berries and seed of wax myrtle, a native evergreen shrub, are especially tasty and a good source of fat for many bird species.
Seeds: The seeds of various plants are a vital part of the diet of all birds. The birdseed that you feed to your pet birds should be high in protein and fat, and a blend of sunflower, millet and other seeds is a good choice.
Nesting Materials: A variety of materials are used to build a nest, and some bird species have specialized preferences for the type of material they prefer. Moss, twigs, pine needles and soft grasses are common choices.
Perches: Birds can be quite fond of perches, and you should try to create a variety of different types to keep them entertained. The type of perch you use will depend on the size and weight of your pet bird, so be sure to choose a suitable one.
Play Toys: Bird toys are another great way to keep your pet bird entertained and stimulated. The toys can be made of a variety of different materials and should be appropriate for the size of your pet bird.
Treats: A little bit of treat each day can be a great way to reward your bird and make them feel special. Peanuts, suet cakes and other commercially available treats are often a good option.
Keeping your pet bird clean: It is important to keep the cage, water and food bowls tidy. Cleaning your pet bird’s cage on a regular basis will help prevent illness and improve their overall health. Be sure to thoroughly wipe down the entire surface of the cage, including the floor and the outside of the feeding bowls.
Exercise: To keep your pet bird healthy, it is essential to provide them with the right amount of exercise. A bird that is able to run around, climb and fly will be more likely to stay healthy and be less prone to illness.