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Tips for New Parrot Owners

parrot-admin by Kyle       Last updated Jan. 22, 2017


You’ve thought about it and have decided to purchase a parrot to bless your life. That’s great! There are several different species to pick from and each one has its own unique personality traits and intelligent level. Parrots are life-long friends. They are social animals and love interaction.

They are great pets for small homes and apartments as well as larger homes. They are versatile and are perfect for singles or large families. For all their strength and perseverance, parrots are finicky.

There are facts that you should know before you select a parrot and right after you bring one home. To help you and your feathered friend adjust to a happy life of cohabitation let us offer some tips to help you understand your new family member better.


LIFE EXPECTANCY

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Parrots can live for many years. Each species has its own approximate life expectancy but on average they will all live over 25 years. Parrots get emotionally attached and they grow to trust their owners. It is not good to purchase one and then sell it to someone else.

Please give it a lot of thought before purchasing one of these precious birds. The joy they bring is insurmountable and the friendship they bring is without a price. They are a permanent commitment. Plan on keeping your bird for its life. Some breeds can live over 50 years.

If you choose a breed that will outlive you then plan on passing it down in the family so it is used to its next owner.


FOOD

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1. No Seed-Only Diets

This is a big mistake that many people make. Parrots need more than mere seed in their diet.

Seeds contain a lot of fats which will cause your bird to gain too much weight. Seeds are important in their diet but they should also be served with fresh fruit and vegetables.


2. Food Washing

When serving fresh fruit and vegetables, wash them before you give them to your feathered friend. Most fresh produce is sprayed with pesticides and other chemicals before they are sold in the market.

These chemicals and pesticides can be toxic to your bird. Make sure you wash all its fruits and vegetables before he eats them.


3. Stale Food

Remove food from your bird’s cage a few hours after they eat. Fresh produce will go bad after a short period of time. They can also accidentally defecate in their food dishes.

To keep your birds health and his home sanitary, pick up his food after he eats then bring him fresh at meal times.


PARROT CAGE

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1. Cage Size

You must consider various factors when choosing the right parrot cage for your bird. Your parrot's cage should fit the bird. Parrots need large cages or pedestals. If you choose to cage your parrot, make sure that the model is big enough for your parrot to spread his wings and not touch the cage walls.

Parrot Cages should not be painted as the bird can peck on the pain off with his beak and ingest it. Cages should be made of a metal safe for your bird.


2. Cleanliness

Parrots hold their food with a foot as they eat. They can track food and small seeds on the bottom of their feet and get it all over the cage and perches.

They also go the bathroom where they stand so it can build up quickly. Keep your feathered friend’s home clean and fresh to keep him healthy.

Play gyms and the bars of the cage should also be kept clean to keep a sanitary environment.


3. Contaminated Air

Never use a chemical detergent to clean your parrot’s cage. Parrots get respiratory ailments quite easily and many of the cleansers on the market irritate their lungs.

Just because it is safe for us does not mean that it is safe for them. A safe cleanser would be a vinegar and water mixture or an unscented dish soap and water.

Parrots are irritated at strong smells. Do not spray room scented sprays in the room where your parrot lives. Also, keep lighted candles away from your bird.


PLAY TIME

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1. Toys

Parrots need toys. These birds are curious. They are active and they are intelligent. They need stimulation and toys provide that. Physical and mental stimulation is crucial for parrots.

If you should buy a toy and hook it to the cage yet your bird does not play with it, try another toy that might peak his curiosity. Birds love toys with bright colours. Remember that your parrot is unique and different than other birds.

Toys that might interest other birds may not interest yours. Have more than one toy in the cage. The more toys the merrier for your feathered friend. Foraging toys are important as well as they engage the bird’s mental capacity.

Find toys with hidden surprises inside and enjoy the entertainment as the bird figures out how to open it to reach the surprise inside. Also, hook toys to the outside of the cage as well as the inside. This requires him to climb out onto the outside of his cage to play with it, giving him physical exercise.


2. Play Gyms

These are important for your parrot as well. Play gyms keep him active. These can be placed on top of flat cages and are terrific devices to allow your parrot some controlled freedom.

 Close your windows and doors in your home then open his cage door and allow him some freedom to climb on his cage and get to his play gym for some exercise each day.


INTERACTION

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1. Attention

Parrots love and need attention. They can get depressed if they are left alone for many hours throughout the day. They can also act out of this depression and pull out their feathers or regress within themselves.

Place your parrot’s cage in an area that sees a lot of activity throughout the day. Talk to your parrot as you do housework. Give her attention and she will love you and be happy.


2. Family

Many species of parrots are family oriented birds. They are used to living in groups in the wild and this carries over in their nature toward the family.

Some will attach themselves to one person in the group as their favourite. Others will be very family oriented and close with the whole family. Include your parrot into your family unit. Include them in play time and in family time.


3. Training

It is important to train your bird. Some species will require it. African Grey’s will train you if you do not train them. Parrots are very intelligent and they crave the training and attention you give them. Training should begin when they are young. Handfed babies will grow to be easier trained.

There are several ways to train your parrot depending on their mental capacity and their own individual need and desire. Training is between you and your pet. Each instance is different and should be geared toward your specific bird for success.

Parrots are a pure joy to have and to live with. If they are treated right and are loved and cared for, they will provide you with a lifetime of fun and devotion. Taking care of them is easy and it is enjoyable.

Make sure that your bird also gets the medical care they need through a veterinarian that specializes in parrots. Be kind to your feathered friend and keep him healthy and he will love you for a lifetime.

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