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Your Child’s First Bird

March 15, 2020

Has your child been begging for a pet bird? If so, you’ve got a big decision on your hands. Birds can make wonderful pets, but they do require a lot of work and care. Here, a Thorold, ON vet discusses birds and children.

Things To Consider

Adopting any animal is a lifetime commitment, so it’s important to know what you are getting into. Birds are unique in many ways. Do a bit of research, and make sure that you understand Polly’s care needs. Air quality is one thing to think about. Birds have very sensitive lungs, which is something to consider if there are smokers in your household. Our winged pals can also be a bit messy, and some of them are well, kind of loud. You’ll also want to consider your other pets. Last but not least, ask yourself if you are willing to supervise the bird’s care, and take over if need be. If the answer is no, it may not be time for a bird right yet.


There isn’t any one specific age that is appropriate for a child to get their first pet. Kids all mature differently. Consider your child’s maturity level, as well as how energetic they are. Do they do homework and chores without needing to be reminded? Will they be able to act calm and gentle with their feathered pal, and offer her the attention she needs? If not, it may be best to go with something that needs less care, like a goldfish.

Choosing A Bird

If all lights are green, it’s time to choose a bird. Finches and canaries are both suitable pets for children. These are small birds that are fascinating to watch, but don’t require a lot of interaction. In fact, finches usually bond more with each other than with their owners. Therefore, you’d want to get more than one. If you want something that’s a bit more personable, a parakeet—or budgie, as they’re also called—may be a good option. These little birds are very sweet, and can form close bonds with their humans. A cockatiel may be a great choice if you want a pet with a lot of personality. They can talk, whistle, and do tricks. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your Thorold, ON vet clinic, for your bird’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!