Best Birds for Families with Children

There are some birds that make great pets for families with children. Having a child help take care of a bird will teach him responsibility. Conure, cockatiels, Budgies and canaries all make great childrens pet birds. There are several others that are also good.


If you have children and want a bird you will need to find the right bird for your family.  When you have children it makes the choice more delicate.  The children in the family must learn how to handle a new bird and they must also learn how to take care of the bird.

Birds must be provided with a healthy diet and they do not like drastic temperature changes.  If they are not handled correctly they can be injured.

Never get a pet of any kind that you make it your child’s responsibility to take care of as sometime children do not do a good job at this.  Some birds should not be handled as it will stress them and a stressed bird will become an unhealthy bird.  If a child does handle the bird be sure to supervise them at all times.

These are a few birds that can make great pets for the first time bird owner.  The Conure is a small parrot and will make a good first time bird choice.  Another good choice is the Budgie as they make great pets and do not require any special care.  Another good first time bird is the cockatiel.  Cockatiels are loving and social birds.  They love to be messed with and the more attention they get the happier they are.  They do very well with families that have children.   They have been kept as pets for over a 100 years.  If you spend time with your cockatiel you will be able to get him to talk.

The African grey parrot is another good choice.  The African grey will require more attention and time than some of the other choices.  African grey parrots are also very good talkers.

Little Finches are also good and all they do is fly around their cage all day.  They are very small and fast and they must not be handled.

Love birds make great pets for a beginner or child.  They are quiet and they are beautiful.  Canaries are a true joy to have.  They will sing beautiful songs and they are content to sit around in their cage all day.  They like to sit in their cage and sing and be left alone.  Canaries are intelligent and they have sweet personalities.

Finches and canaries are for children to watch but not touch.  They are more delicate than some of the other choices for a pet bird for families with children.

Birds that have been hand raised make better pets.  When you or your children greet your new bird for the first time try giving him a treat.  This sometimes helps make the bird feel at home.

Make sure your children never poke their fingers or anything else through the cage bars.  Your bird may think this is a treat.

You can help your child take care of the new bird.  Your child can help clean the food and water bowls and the cage.  This will be good for the child as he will learn responsibility.

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  1. lauralu

    On August 15, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Great article I had a canary when I was a kid his name was Mickey.

  2. smokychristine

    On August 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Sounds like a good way to teach children responsibility.

  3. sabanawaz

    On August 16, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Thanks for this great article

  4. Secre22

    On August 16, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I had rats as a child…I don’t think my dad would be able to stand flapping critters!

  5. Martin Kloess

    On August 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Good work thank you for sharing.

  6. shefaliarora

    On August 17, 2012 at 2:10 am

    I had a canary when I was a kid his name was Mickey.

  7. herjave01

    On August 18, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Never had a pet bird. I like them free and flying. But maybe my kids would like to have one. Great share!

  8. jennifer eiffel01

    On August 18, 2012 at 9:42 am

    All animals either like or hate kids according to breeds. I have a high pitched voices and found out too late chihuahuas hate kids even though I am middle aged.

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