Dear Parrot Lover,
Every parrot owner, just like every parent, wants the very best for their feathered child. If you have never owned a parrot before, taking on the responsibilities of caring for such a unique animal can seem to be quite daunting at first. However, owning everyone can have a healthy parrot in 5 easy steps:
1. First things first: Do your due diligence. There are many different kinds of parrots and pet birds in the world. Try to learn as much as you can about these different species and then narrow down your search further by listing any desired traits by order of importance. In other words, do you want a parrot that is known for its talking abilities? Or would it not bother you at all if your parrot liked to screech? Do you want a pet bird that requires very minimal interaction? Or would you prefer your parrot to be a social butterfly? By doing your research first, you will help to ensure a great start to your parrot’s life with you by choosing a parrot that will best fit your family
2. Choose a Breeder: Once you have narrowed down your list of possible parrot species, your next step is to research breeders. By choosing to purchase your baby parrot from a breeder rather than a pet store, you can rest assured knowing that your new baby bird has been given the best start in life as possible. Once you have chosen a breeder or two, arrange to visit with them and/or their nursery. Most breeders have very strict policies on the cleanliness and health of their nurseries. So not all breeders will allow you to come visit, but it won’t hurt to ask either. At the very least you will be able to visit with the breeder and meet a few of their adult birds.
3. Choose your parrot: The next choice you will have to make, once you have chosen a species and a breeder, is to then choose the right parrot. Keep an eye out for any signs or symptoms of physical abuse, neglect, malnutrition, or psychological issues. Parrots, regardless of their age, that are malnourished will have a breastbone that seems to protrude out of their chest. Avoid parrots with eye or nasal discharges, or that have a large amount of plucked feathers.
4. Home Time: Before bringing home your new baby, make sure that you have everything ready. Purchase the larges cage that you can afford, but do check the spacing of the bars. If they are too large apart your parrot could escape, but if they are too close together, your parrot could get its
toes or beak stuck. Don’t forget toys and perches too!
5. Schooling: Once your parrot has settled into their new home with you, they should begin a training schedule. Teach your parrot to understand boundaries and also teach simple commands such as ‘Step Up’. Provide plenty of socialization opportunities too. Parrots crave social interaction and will relish every minute they spend with you.
The Know How of Parrot Care
Do you know how to keep your bird healthy?
Like many of you, I remember getting my first bird and not really knowing how to take care of her. How hard could it be since I easily walked out of the pet store with her and didn’t really receive any kind of information on how to take care of her.
I’d say most things were learned on the fly, and not everything was correct. While we had a good time together, it was short and only lasted a few years with a bird that could have lived decades.
I didn’t know the signs of illness until she was sicker than she should have been, and I didn’t know all the ways to prevent it either and keep her healthy. Does this sound like an experience you’ve had?
The keys to health
According to Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird,
there are 3 primary components to bird care:
- The right cage setup including location
- The correct conditions inside the cage to prevent disease
- The proper diet for health and prevention of disease
There are so many things that go into creating the right living space for your bird and also for maintaining the quality of it. You will want to make sure he has a high quality, varied diet. He needs clean water each day too, but he also will need his water container thoroughly cleaned. Cleaning and disinfecting his cage on a regular (at least weekly) basis, including changing his cage liners
each day, will help main a clean and disease-free space. All perches, toys, and other items should also removed and cleaned on a routine basis.
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. You’ll find everything you need inside one e-book to keep him healthy and happy.
How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird
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. Along with Raising Polly, you’ll get the bonus e-book, Training Your Parrot: 12 Simple Tricks Any Parrot Can Learn. Training will be a snap! You’ll also receive Raising Polly as a recorded MP3 for free!
Regards, Nathalie Roberts