Parrots are incredibly intelligent birds, but they do require some care. The first thing you should be aware of is that a parrot is not a domesticated animal, it’s a wild bird.
Remember the campaign that a pet isn’t just for Christmas. Well, this applies even more to parrots. The life span of these birds can be surprisingly long, with smaller parrots living for around 20 to 30 years. The larges parrots such as the amazons or cockatoos, can live even longer, with an average life span of around 60 to 80 years old. So consider carefully whether you want a companion for this long! It’s a huge decision.
Here’s some of the most important tips to help you care for your bird in the best possible way.
Get a proper bird cage
This will be their home, so put some effort in this. Funnily enough, they do not feel safe in round cages and need corners. So a square cafe is more suitable for parrots. It also needs to be large enough so the bird has space to move around and jump from one place to the next. Obviously, the larger your bird, the larger the cage should be.
You’ll also need to think about how much space the toys and water will take up. Shop around for the best deals online, if you’re concerned about how much a bigger cage costs.
The cage will need to be cleaned every few days to keep the hygiene standards up.
Location of cage
The location is almost as important as the cage itself. These birds need social interaction, so you will want to put them somewhere in the middle of the action. The living room is a good spot, if that is where most people will be. In case you’re wondering, separation anxiety is a real thing, so ensure you put some thought into the location.
If you have cats or other pets that pose a danger, make sure you can keep them separated when you’re out and not able to supervise.
Feeding your parrot
Again, a parrot’s diet will show they are not easy birds. They are high maintenance. They need a varied diet full of nutrients to remain healthy. They love fresh fruit and vegetables, and will enjoy nuts (some will enjoy opening the nuts themselves). Don’t feed them processed foods as this isn’t good.
Portion size is important as well. For the smaller species, 20 ounces will be sufficient for water and food bowls. The larger ones will need 30 ounces.
This is where it gets a little funny. Birds will drink from the same container that they bathe in. So you need to ensure that the container is large enough for them to bathe in.
You’ll have to take your bird to a vet regularly to get them checked out. But in most cases, birds stay healthy and you shouldn’t have too many problems.
It’s important to keep your parrot active and interact plenty with them to ensure they are happy. This will make it easier to train them.