Parrot Care

Whether you are attracted to their magnificent coloring, their loving and lovable personalities, or to their surprisingly high intelligence, you’ve been drawn to the wonderful world of parrots.  Parrot care in your home environment will involve changes and challenges but, with proper parrot care, yours will make a wonderful pet for you.

Proper Parrot Nutrition

There are many different species of parrots, and they all require different types and amounts of care but, for all parrots, proper nutrition is vital in maintaining a good parrot, a happy, healthy good parrot.  Most parrot diet products are similar.  Parrot diets usually consist of parrot pellets, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and a high quality vitamin enriched seed mix designed for parrots.  You will also have to change your parrot’s water daily.

Keeping Your Parrot’s Cage Clean and Safe

Birds in general are considered “dirty” pets. To avoid this, it is important to keep your parrot’s cage clean.  Use water and a mild soap to clean the perches, dishes and other surfaces of the cage.  Do not use cleaning products like ammonia, mold and mildew cleaner, or bleach because that can irritate or burn your parrot’s skin, eyes and respiratory tract.  The parrot’s cage must be inspected for hazards like sharp points and protrusions in the metal. You must wash your hands frequently when you are working with your parrot, handling their dishes, and preparing their meals so that you don’t pass any bacterial infections.  Human saliva also contains bacteria that are harmful to parrots so never allow your parrot to place its beak in your mouth or nose. The size of your parrot’s cage is vital to its well being.  Your parrot should be able to spread its wings inside its cage.  There should also be room enough in your parrot’s cage to contain two to four safe parrot toys.

A Part Of Your Family

Parrots have the ability to form very strong bonds with their human caretakers.  Generally speaking, small parrots have a lifespan of about 15 to 30 years while larger parrots can live between 40 to 50 years.  Caring for a parrot is a lifelong commitment.  Socialization is vital in maintaining your parrot’s high quality of life.  Your parrot’s cage should be kept in an area where you and your family spend a lot of time. All of you should take the time to interact with your parrot.  I wouldn’t recommend keeping your parrot in your kitchen because of the risk of toxic chemicals while cooking and other dangers.

A very import aspect of parrot care that you don’t want to overlook is grooming.  Parrots require a good amount of constant and careful grooming throughout their entire lives.  Consider your parrot’s nails and beaks; they never stop growing.  They should be clipped every three to four weeks.  Overgrown nails get caught on perches or toys; which results in very painful injuries.  I also recommend that you have your parrot’s wings clipped every few weeks to prevent flight. Parrots take rain showers in their natural habitat to keep their feathers in good condition.  You should bathe or mist your parrot daily with clean, fresh water using a spray bottle.

Parrot Care Pays Off

Parrots are playful and fun to watch. With proper parrot care, they are very affectionate pets. And of course, parrots are super smart.  You need to understand the extreme importance of your parrot’s needs and how to provide each one of them.  With proper care, parrots will thrive in your home.

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