How to Raise a Mynah Bird

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Check local rules and regulations.,
Find a certified exotic bird dealer.,
Find a mynah bird in your price range.,
Consider DNA testing.,
Buy a baby mynah bird.,
Make sure you have enough space.,
Provide perches.,
Install a nest box.,
Manage the light, heat and humidity.,
Keep away from smaller birds.,
Place the cage in a busy place.,
Keep a bathing dish and water bottle in the cage.,
Feed the bird a low iron diet.,
Give them some supplements.,
Provide lots of toys.,
Allow plenty of exercise.

Depending on where you live, there may be restrictions or certain licenses you will need to own and raise a mynah bird. It is important that you check with the local government body that deals with wildlife management, such as the game and parks or the fish and wildlife commission.This is particularly important if you are raising mynah birds to sell later on. Although you will not need a license to buy a mynah bird, you may need one to sell it. Check your local laws and regulations.;
, Because of its popularity as a pet, the illegal trapping of mynah birds has significantly depleted the bird’s wild population. This has resulted in the growth of illegally caught and traded Mynah birds.In order to avoid buying an illegally caught bird, you should always purchase from a dealer certified with the United State Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.You can find dealers online through various bird buying sites.

, The birds can be extremely expensive and buying through a certified dealer. Because of the restrictions against obtaining a mynah bird, they can be extremely cost between $500 and $1500. Consider whether you are willing to pay this expense before contacting a dealer.

You can also consider adopting a mynah bird. However, this option is also extremely difficult because of the bird’s rarity.

, Because it is nearly impossible to differentiate between male and female mynah birds, you may want to get them DNA in order to tell the gender of the bird you are purchasing. Often a dealer will have already tested the bird on their own and let you know the sex of the bird. You can also buy DNA testing kits online and simply mail a feather to the laboratory for testing., If you want to tame the bird yourself and teach it to talk and do tricks, you should buy a 6-8 week old bird. They tend to quit learning new words once they reach two years of age. Unless you are okay with the words that they have already learned, you may want to consider a baby mynah bird.Mynahs begin speaking at three to four months of age.
Begin speaking to the young bird as soon as you bring it home. Initially, give it simple words like “hello” or “hi.”

, Because mynah birds are a larger bird species, they require a lot of room. The typical dimensions of a mynah bird cage are 3-4 feet wide (90-100cm) by 2 feet tall (60cm) by 2 feet deep (60cm). Their rarity makes it hard to find an affordable cage that is specifically made for mynah birds, with most being built for parrots. However, you can put together two parrot cages in a pinch.Because mynah birds tend to hop around from side to side, it is best to give them lots of vertical space.
If you are breeding a pair of mynah birds, you may want to consider purchasing an outdoor aviary., It is important that you place multiple perches in your bird’s cage. These will help prevent foot injuries and the development of arthritis. Avoid rope perches because the brid’s toenails can get caught in them., If placed in their cage, a mynah bird will sleep in a nest box. The birds tend to take multiple short naps during the day and sleep all night. This will give them a dark and comfortable place to rest.You can also cover their cage at night or provide a cardboard box for them to go inside of.

, Be sure to place your bird’s cage near sunlight, but not in direct sunlight. This can lead them to get overheated. If your bird’s cage is not exposed to sunlight, you may need a light fixture designed for caged birds. Mynah birds enjoy room temperature (76 degrees Fahrenheit or 24 degrees Celsius) but can acclimate to slightly colder temperatures. Provide your mynah bird with a spritz of warm water every day to keep them comfortable., Mynah birds can attack smaller birds, so it is best if your bird is kept in its own cage. However, they will sometimes cohabitate with another mynah bird. This may be particularly useful if you are looking to bread mynah birds.A nesting pair of mynah birds form a strong bond and both birds share nesting duties. If you do intend to breed mynah birds, leave the breeding pair together., Mynah birds are extremely social and tend to enjoy human interaction. Be sure to put them in place where they can talk to multiple people and develop their language skills. They may form a strong bond with the person who cleans their cage and feeds them.Mynahs also have good memories and remember mistreatment. They will hold grudges and dislike people who resemble the person who mistreated them.

, Mynah birds do not need much water to drink because they get most of their moisture from their food. However, they will need to ingest some fresh water. It is also important for them to have access to water in order to take a bath. Mynah birds will take two baths a day. This will ensure that their feathers stay clean and healthy.Mynah birds should only be given distilled water and not tap water.

, Mynah birds suffer from hemochromatosis, or an inability to store iron. Therefore, they need a diet that is low in, but not absent of, iron. You should provide them commercially produced, low iron (150 parts per million) mynah bird pellets, which you can find online or at most pet stores. Pellets should be roughly 60% of your bird’s diet.Mynah birds also enjoy some fresh fruits (figs, oranges, papayas, apples, plums, grapes).
They may also enjoy insects (crickets, mealworms and wax worms).
Insects should not be more than 5% of your bird’s diet unless you are breeding birds.

, If your mynah bird’s diet is less than 60% pellets, you may want to consider various supplements. Your bird may develop a deficiency in certain vitamins, minerals, or amino acids.Your bird may have a deficiency if they fail to malt during a year. A healthy mynah bird will malt twice a year, and failing to malt may be a sign of a vitamin deficiency.
If you believe that your bird is suffering from a deficiency, talk to your veterinarian.

, Because they are relatively intelligent animals, mynah birds enjoy playing with toys. Mirrors, bells, bottle caps, and other small items can serve as toys for your mynah bird. This will keep them happy and engaged. Avoid rope toys because they can get caught in your bird’s tongue or toenails.

, Mynah birds need exercise and should be allowed out of their cage daily. Before you let your bird out of its cage, make sure that you have closed all of the windows and doors, turned off any fans, covered any water, and ensured that there are not any predators around, such as house cats. Keeping you mynah bird in good shape will improve its quality of life.You may want to clip your birds wings. Without a clipping, mynah birds can lose their balance and have a difficult time landing. This can result in injury or death.

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