Dear Parrot Lover,
After cats and dogs, parrots have become increasingly popular as a family pet. Raising a parrot to be healthy and happy can be a challenge. Here are five tips on how to raise a happy and healthy parrot:
- Make sure you do your homework! Research all the different parrot species to find one that is a near-perfect match to your lifestyle. Some parrots are okay spending hours alone all day in their cage with only minimal interaction when you come home from work. While others have to be out of their cages most of the time. Some parrots are known to have very high shrill vocals, and others will hardly make a peep. Doing your research beforehand can help set the foundation for a happy and health parrot in the future.
- Visit the Breeder! It is always best to purchase a baby parrot from a reputable breeder instead of a pet shop. This is because in a pet shop your new parrot may have been exposed to various types of airborne diseases and possibly even abuse by untrained staff. Ask the breeder if you can visit their nursery. Due to certain airborne avian diseases, the breeder may not allow you access into their nursery but they will allow you to visit their home and meet their breeder parrots. This will give you an idea of how well cared for the baby parrots are.
- Choose wisely! Once you have selected the right species and the right breeder you will then have to choose the right parrot. Avoid a parrot that has signs of malnutrition or physical abuse. Malnourished parrots will look like they have very breastbones when in actuality it is their overall muscle mass that has decreased. Your parrots feathers should be soft and shiny with no signs of plucking. Their eyes should also be clear, with no discharge. There should also be no discharge from their nostrils.
- Socialize! A great tip to raise a healthy parrot is to ensure proper socialization from the get-go. Parrots are very sociable creatures and enjoy the company of their flock members. Allow your parrot to interact with all members of your family as well as guests.
- Training! To ensure that you parrot is a well-adjusted member of your family, you will need to train them. Every day spend some time training your parrot with commands such as ’step-up’, ’step-down’, as well as teaching them new words and phrases.
The Key to a Healthy, Happy Bird
A Happy Healthy Bird
Parrots can live an exceptionally long time, sometimes even outliving their owners but only if you know how to care for them. Some parrots only live a few mere years because of sickness, poor diet, or lack of care.
The good news is that it is easy to care for a parrot and provide him both a physically and mentally healthy environment.
What are the Keys to Health?
There are three main key components for your bird’s health:
Proper cage setup
Maintenance of cage quality
Proper feeding and nutrition
If you know exactly what to do in each of these areas, you can have an extremely healthy bird.
You can learn all about these areas from Raising Polly: How-to
Raise a Healthy, Happy, Well Adjusted Bird. This e-book is written
by a 25 year parrot lover and breeder who has learned the ins, outs, and secrets
of how to raise a healthy parrot. In this e-book, he shares these secrets with
A quick peek of what’s inside this book tells you how much you can learn, whether you’re a novice bird owner or an experienced handler. You’ll learn valuable information like:
How to choose a healthy parrot
What are the signs of a sick bird or illness
Where should you place your bird’s cage
How to create your own parrot first aid kit
What to feed your bird
What does it mean when your bird does this (or that or any behavior!)
Why does your parrot pluck his feathers or squawk at you
When is the best time to try and train your bird
There is so much more as well! Plus, for a limited time, you can also get an audio book recording of Raising Polly plus you can receive a second bonus e-book: Training Your Parrot: 12 Simple Tricks Any Parrot Can Learn.