Congrats on welcoming home your new bird

THE PETCO NEW BIRD GUIDE

We’ll help you navigate the exciting journey into pet parenthood with helpful tips, expert guidance and shopping recommendations for all your milestones together.

Colorful bird pirched on a piece of wood.
Colorful bird pirched on a piece of wood.

1. Building your bird’s home

Help them feel safe and comfortable in their new home.

1. Building your bird’s home

Help them feel safe and comfortable in their new home.

Habitats

Your bird’s habitat should be large enough for them to fully spread both of their wings without touching the sides of their habitat, if not larger.

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Litter and Liners

Paper-based options help keep their habitat clean and maintenance easy by catching droppings.

Perches and Playstands

Provide a place to stand, climb and play to help them stay physically and mentally healthy.

2. keeping your bird happy

Playing with your bird every day helps build their confidence and comfort level to help strengthen their bond with people.

2. keeping your bird happy

Playing with your bird every day helps build their confidence and comfort level to help strengthen their bond with people.

Toys

Not only should you buy a variety of toys to help keep them mentally engaged, but also try rotating them regularly so your bird doesn’t get bored.

Play Gym

Provide daily stimulation to help their brain stay sharp.

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3. Finding the right nutrition

Set a strong foundation for their physical health with quality nutrition.

3. Finding the right nutrition

Set a strong foundation for their physical health with quality nutrition.

Food

Species-specific bird food provides the well-rounded nutrition they need for vitality and longevity.

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Treats

Use treats to teach your bird new tricks to help them gain social skills.

Feeders and Waterers

Ensure fresh water and food are available at all times.

4. BUILDING YOUR BIRD’S GROOMING ROUTINE

Birds have grooming needs, too! These basics can help keep their health on track.

4. BUILDING YOUR BIRD’S GROOMING ROUTINE

Birds have grooming needs, too! These basics can help keep their health on track.

Cuttlebones

As your bird pecks and chews, cuttlebones help naturally trim their beak and provide calcium for their bones.

Bird Baths and Misters

Help birds keep their feathers clean as they preen them while also hydrating their skin.

Nail Care

While some perches help grind birds’ nails naturally, their nails sometimes need extra care to stay at a comfortable length. Birds only need one concrete perch as more than one can irritate the bottom of their feet.

5. Understanding your bird

Birds are intelligent animals who need time to adjust to their new environment. Below are some key characteristics to know so you can help them adjust:

6. SPECIES-SPECIFIC CARE SHEETS

Once your bird’s essentials are squared away, help support every aspect of their health by learning about the nuances of their specific species.