Dear Parrot Lover,
With the increase in popularity of pet parrots, deciding on the right parrot for your family can be difficult. Here are five things that you should consider when choosing a parrot for your family – along with suggestions on how to properly raise your new parrot.
1. Due diligence.
Owning a parrot is a very serious commitment. Unlike a cat or dog, parrots can live up to 75 years or longer. They will be in your family for many, many years. So be sure to do your due diligence beforehand. Begin your research by visiting a zoo or sanctuary in your local area that houses parrots. Next, go online and join any one of the numerous pet parrot forums. Here you can ask questions and obtain more information from actual parrot owners. Remember, not all parrots are alike. There are many different parrot species and it will take you some time to become acquainted with them all. Trying to find a parrot that is a perfect match for your family’s lifestyle will take some time and effort on your part. Consider the size and habitual needs of the parrot in relation to your lifestyle. Some parrots need constant interaction with their human family, while others prefer to be left alone most of the time. Other things to consider are noise level and health issues. There are parrots that have a beautiful song, while others only know how to screech.
2. Shop around.
Once you have narrowed down your list of potential pet parrots, it will be time to shop around. It is typically ill advised to purchase a parrot from a pet shop. This is because most pet shops do not take proper care of the parrots and cannot guarantee their health. The parrots may have been potentially exposed to airborne diseases; or quite possibly have been unintentionally abused by pet shop’s untrained staff. Again, this is the time to do more homework. Locate a few reputable parrot breeders and ask if you can visit their nursery. Be aware, however, that most breeders will say no, but they will allow you to visit their aviary where you can interact with their other parrots. This will allow you to see how clean the breeding facility is and how well the breeder takes care of their parrots. You may even be able to meet with the parents of the parrot baby you may be interested in.
3. Choose carefully.
After you have chosen the right species, it will be time to choose the right parrot. Choose a parrot that has bright shiny feathers and eyes. There should be no discharge from their eyes or nostrils. They should not have any signs of plucking either; nor signs of being malnourished.
4. Socialize your parrot.
One of the best ways to raise a healthy parrot is to provide adequate socialization from the minute you bring your new parrot home. Parrots are extremely sociable creatures and thrive on the company and interaction with their family. Provide plenty of playtime with your parrot outside of his cage. You could even purchase a flight suit for your parrot so that you could take him outside with your for walks.
5. Provide training.
Regardless of the age of your parrot, or its species, it will require training in order to be a well-adjusted and happy family member. The best commands to teach your parrot are the step-up’ and ‘step-down’ commands. You should set aside some time each day for mini training sessions with your parrot. Once your parrot is familiar with these commands you can then begin to train them to talk, by teaching them certain words and phrases.
A Healthy Bird for Years Ahead
Your bird is what he eats
Just like the expression goes for people so it does for parrots. The better the foods are that he eats, the healthier he will be. Parrots are not made to eat just seed mixes available at the local pet store. A much wider variety provides the well-rounded nutrition and variety that he needs.
Birds love to eat alongside their human counterparts, but he shouldn’t be snacking alongside on your food. Instead, try to provide variety in his diet by giving fresh vegetables and fruits with high quality pellets and seed. Select the most nutritious fruits and vegetables. Ones like green beans and carrots are preferable to ones like corn or peas, which should be given less frequently. Be sure to also learn those foods that you should avoid for your bird when getting started.
Maintaining his health
In addition to a high quality, varied diet, there are a few other things that need to be done to keep him healthy. Make sure to not just fill his water but to also thoroughly clean the bowl. Clean and disinfect his cage on a regular (at least weekly) basis, change his cage liners each day, and make sure perches, toys, and other items are removed and cleaned. A clean living space is essential to a healthy bird.
Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird is an e-book that details all of what you need to know to maintain a healthy environment for your bird. Along with clean conditions and proper nutrition, Raising Polly says correct cage setup is the next part of keeping your bird healthy. It has everything in one book!
Raising Polly has it all
If you have a parrot or want a parrot, you will want to have a copy of Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird. You’ll also get the bonus e-book, Training Your Parrot: 12 Simple Tricks Any Parrot Can Learn plus you’ll also get Raising Polly as a recorded MP3.