What is Husbandry?
When we talk about caring for your bird, the word “husbandry” usually comes up. Animal husbandry refers to the practice of raising animals – in this case birds- for the purposes of domestication, breeding, and food production (examples are egg and meat production). As bird owners, you are responsible for making sure that your birds grow and thrive. This means educating yourself on:
- How to select a bird to join your flock
- Where to get birds
- The type of housing that your bird needs
- How to keep your bird happy
- Ways to be a responsible bird owner
What’s the Difference? Poultry vs. Pet Birds
Poultry are domesticated fowls that are typically raised for the production of meat or eggs. Pet birds, on the other hand, tend to be caged birds not bred for their utility.
Although there are many similarities between all the different types of birds, it’s still best to know the unique needs of your particular birds, so you can ensure they thrive and are in optimum health.
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Choosing a Good Beginner Bird
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Caring for Cockatiels
Having a pet bird can mean having a playful, dependent companion. Cockatiels, out of all the parrot breeds, are a great starting point for those who wish to have pet birds. They are the smallest of all cockatoo species, and are relatively easy to care for. Although they are simpler to care for, they still have specific diet and husbandry