Raising baby birds can be fun but it can be difficult if you wait too long before you start to raise the bird the correct way. Let us look into the most important basics you have to cover while you train your bird.
Choosing The Right Cage
The right cage is the important asset for your bird, because he spends most of his time in the cage and becomes attached to his home. Buy a cage that will be suitable for your bird's size when he is fully grown. A larger cage is always better. In small cages birds get bored pretty quickly. Choosing a big enough cage can help prevent that. Your bird supplier will be able to help you select the cage for the right bird breed.
Clipping The Wings
The next step is clipping your bird's wings. Use sharp scissors to guarantee an even cut and to limit the risk of injury. Only the outer feathers needs to be cut. Also make sure you know how deep to cut, otherwise you could cut into the bird's blood feathers. Regularly check the bird's feathers to see if they do not need to be spruced again.
Taming Your Bird
Taming your bird takes a lot of time and patience. Do not chase your pet around the room; you will only make it more frightened. How would you feel when a person that is 100 times bigger than you chase you around? Taming your bird is easier when have developed a bond between you and your bird. When you are trying to tame your bird it is important to set aside a specific time of the day for your training session. Skipping a day or doing a training session on a different time of the day will not kill the bird, but you will find that it takes less time to tame a bird if you keep to a strict schedule. After a week you can let the bird get used to your hand. Put your hand slowly on or in the cage and try not to frighten your pet. When it looks like the bird trusts you try to slowly put your finger on the bird's chest to see if it may climb up.
Training to Speak
There are a few birds that can learn how to speak. The African Grey is well know as easy-to-teach and they reach an age of 40 easily. Other birds that can speak include Macaws, Conures and Amazons.
You now know the basic information to raise baby birds. Keep your bird happy by keeping the cage clean and taking it out of the cage at least once a day.