Dear Parrot Lover,
There are just as many parrot owners than there are dog and cat owners in the world today. However, not every parrot owner knows how to properly raise their parrot.
One of the first mistakes that a new parrot owner will make is that they will fail to purchase the right sized cage for their parrot. New parrot owners should adhere to a very simple rule: buy the biggest cage that you can afford for the size of your parrot. Do not buy a Macaw-sized cage if you have a Conure. Make sure that your parrot will have plenty of space inside the cage so that when he turns around on his perch; neither his outstretched wings nor his tail feathers touch either side of the cage. Also make sure that the bar spacing is not too wide, as you don’t want your parrot to get his head or toes stuck.
Remember to add at least 3 different size perches inside your parrot’s cage, and 5 different kinds of toys for your parrot to enjoy. It is also a good idea to purchase a parrot cage that is easy to clean as it will need to be thoroughly washed and sanitized at least once a week.
Once you have your parrot’s cage set up, you will need to remember to provide your parrot with fresh, clean water daily. Also, since all parrots love bathing, you should either place a large water dish inside your parrot’s cage for him to bathe in, or use a spray bottle and gently mist him with water.
Proper avian nutrition includes a diet mix of pellets, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables and grains. Be careful not to feed your parrot too many colored pellets as these contain sugared food coloring that can be harmful to your parrot in large quantities.
Avoid feeding your parrot the following toxic foods as they can kill him:
Raising your parrot properly means allowing your parrot to play outside of his cage for at least 2 hours every day. You should also give your parrot his own tree-stand or tabletop play gym and place it the family room for your parrot to play on when the family is home.
Give you parrot a concrete perch or place a cuttlebone inside his cage to help keep his nails and beak trim. Never try to clip your parrot’s wings or nails before you have asked your avian veterinarian to show you how to do it properly.
Don’t Buy a Parrot
Unless You Know What You are Doing
Most people know that parrots can live a long time. Why then, do many parrots die within a few years? Because people confuse the ability to live a long time with toughness. In fact, parrots are extremely sensitive.
Successfully raising and keeping a parrot healthy and safe requires awareness of the many factors necessary for a parrot to live its long natural life. But, the job is very easy when you know exactly what a parrot needs and how to meet those needs
Parrots get sick easily. In fact, most parrots in captivity live just a few years! But many parrot diseases are 100% curable, if an owner can diagnose the disease and provide the right medication.
Improper diet drastically cuts parrot longevity (they CAN live up to 60 years if they have a proper diet).
Parrots thrive, both physically and emotionally, when their diets are properly administered.
A Proven Parrot Care System
Michael Joseph has been breeding and caring for parrots for more than 25 years and has developed a proven system for optimizing the physical and emotional health of parrots. His system works whether you start with a healthy bird or a sick one-and it’s EASY.
His foolproof “formula” for feeding and setting up a safe and healthy cage environment virtually eliminates any chance your parrot will get sick.
You can get this downloadable compilation of Michael’s knowledge in his guide Raising Polly: How-to Raise a Healthy, Happy, Well Adjusted Bird. It gives you everything you need to help your parrot live a long and healthy life.
Regards, Nathalie Roberts