Dear Parrot Lover,
Your parrots health and wellbeing is of the utmost importance. However, not everyone understands how to properly care for their family’s parrot.
Before even bringing home a new baby parrot, you will need to purchase the right sized cage. But be careful! This where most parrot owners make their first mistake. Your parrot’s cage should be large enough so your parrot can turn around inside the cage with his wings outstretched and not have a feather on his body, tail, or wings touch either side of the cage. The easiest way to buy a cage for your new parrot is to try to purchase the largest cage that you can possibly afford AND that has the right sized bar spacing as well otherwise your parrot may get his head or toes stuck between the bars. This is tricky as you will need to know what the minimum and maximum bar spacing requirements are for your particular parrot species.
In conjunction with the proper bar spacing, your parrot will also need at least 3 perches all with varying diameters for your parrots toes. It is also recommended that you parrot’s cage is outfitted with at least 5 different types of toys, such as foraging, chewing, and swinging. You will need to sanitize your parrot’s cage at least once a week, so keep this in mind when selecting a cage.
Ask your avian veterinarian to show you how to properly trim your parrots nails and wings. Afterwards, supply your parrot with a cuttlebone or concrete or sand perch to help keep his nails and beak trimmed.
Always provide your parrot with pure, clean water every day. Some days you may need to change your parrot’s water two or three times as some parrots love dunking their food into their water before eating it.
If your parrot is small enough, you should place a large water dish at the bottom of his cage for him to bathe him. If you have a larger parrot, you can teach them to shower with you.
Feeding your parrot requires attention to detail. The proper parrot diet will include the right amount of seeds, pellets, nuts, fruits, vegetables and grains. One word of caution though in regards to pellets - avoid feeding too many of the colored pellets as they contain sugared food coloring.
There are other foods that are highly toxic to parrots, such as avocados, rhubarb leaves, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, fatty foods and salty foods.
A properly raised parrot should spend about two hours outside of their cage playing every day. This can be simply playing with a member of the family, or entertaining themselves on a play stand in the family room whilst the family is gathered to watch television or eat dinner.
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