There are lots of kid-friendly pets out there. However, if your child is specifically interested in birds, Coops and Cages content curator Jordan Walker can help you out. He has kindly written a guest blog for us providing you with information about bird breeds that are ideal for children.
There are a number of things you need to know before finding the perfect pet, especially if you are bringing a pet bird home for your children. To have the best outcome, you and your children need to understand the basics, as well as the proper methods of pet care. Once you are able to comprehend everything, you can then choose an appropriate bird breed.
Native to Australia, budgies are considered small parrots and are commonly called “parakeets” in the United States.
Younger kids could possibly cause injuries to a budgie because they are still very playful. Therefore, this breed is best suited to older children. Nevertheless, budgies can be really great pets if kids know how to tame and take care of them.
Budgies can live up to 15 years, so your child can take care of them until they grow up. A veterinarian and pet insurance may also be required to properly raise a budgie.
Are your kids too young to fully take care of a pet bird? There’s no need to worry about that. Finches are great for younger children, mainly because they do not require lots of human interaction. However, they have to be kept in pairs and should be put in a large cage with enough room for flight.
Although they don’t require much, they still need food, water and regular cage cleaning.
Bourke’s Parakeet originated in China. They are noted for their tendency to be flighty, which means they need to be tamed first. If you do not have time to tame them, you may choose one that is already hand-tamed.
This breed may need some interaction, so children can have fun and play with them from time to time. Bourke’s Parakeets require a wide cage, clean water and fresh food. If these are provided to them, they can live up to 15 years.
If your older kid wants to spend more time with a pet bird, a cockatiel would be the best option for them as it requires more interaction from its pet owner. These parrots look attractive, adorable, and are smart, too! Aside from basic pet bird care, they need lots or interaction and toys.
The Pionus is perfect for kids because they are relatively quiet. They are also known to be very sweet, which means they hardly ever bite. This bird breed doesn’t require too much attention and has a life expectancy of 40 years.
You can find ideal bird breeds (that are suited to their age) for your children and allow them to choose which one they prefer. However, as parents, you need to supervise your kids in providing pet care and in some other aspects (what are these?). With proper guidance, children will be able to learn how to properly raise their pet birds.
Author: Jordan Walker
Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops and Cages as well as a couple of other pet-related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for 'attempting' to play the guitar. You can catch more of him on Google+ or Twitter.
Posted December 2, 2015 in Pet Care Advice