Parrots are becoming more popular as pets with each passing
day. This is evidenced by the proliferation of Internet
discussion lists which provide access to information regarding
parrot care and behavior. This upsurge in the number of parrots
in homes and the amount of information newly available does not
alert the companion parrot owner to a very important and
pertinent fact - that parrot keeping is a relatively new
The parrot will live in a cage, so you will need to buy one
that is large enough so that the parrot can spread his wings
fully. It should be made of wire preferably since the parrot
would eat through a wooden one. Make sure the door is large
enough so that the parrot can fit through it, and also ensure
that the door can't be opened from the inside. Parrots are very
smart so you will need to use a complex door closing mechanism.
Remember the bigger the cage is, the happier the parrot will be,
so buy the largest one you can afford.
The parrot will want some toys in the cage, such as a swinging
perch or a squeaking toy. Make sure that the toy isn't harmful to
the parrot if it is gnawed on.
The bottom of the cage needs to be lined either with shredder
paper, sawdust, straw or sand. The sand will serve as a double
purpose since the parrot can gain some minerals from it, and can
also use it to shape his beak better. The beak will keep growing
like our fingernails and the sand will help filing it to the
Clean the cage very thoroughly at least once a month. All the
metal bars and the bottom tray should be washed out thoroughly
with a mild detergent and disinfected as well. Make sure that you
clean out the feces of the parrot and leftover food is cleaned up
periodically at least two the three times a week. The parrot will
not like to live in a dirty area and his life cycle will decrease
if he feels stressed all the time.
The parrot likes to be fed in many small meals instead of
having one large meal a day. Pre-packaged parrot food is good for
the parrot too since it will contain the correct mixes of
minerals and vitamins. Make sure that you give the parrot fresh
food at least twice a day and keep it clean and bacteria free.
Seeds and nuts should be fed to the parrot sparingly since these
foods are fatty and contain few nutrients. The parrot will also
need a water bowl with fresh water supplied twice a day. You need
to clean the water and the food bowl each time you refill it to
keep your parrot healthy and happy. The parrot will eat fruits,
nuts, vegetables and grains. Make sure you give him a balanced
diet and give him healthy snacks only.
If you want to teach your parrot to talk, start when he is
young since he will then pick up the language much faster. Keep
trying the same word or phrase on the parrot at the same time of
each day, such as "hello!" or "how are you?". Make sure the bird
is looking at you and paying attention. Try repeating the words
and phrases you want the parrot to learn and try to say the words
when you do a certain activity so he can learn to associate an
activity with a word. If your parrot already knows some phrases,
encourage him to use them so he doesn't forget them. Whistling is
also a great thing to teach a parrot, since he will know how to
whistle entire tunes. Even playing records can help your parrot
learn words but do not play the same word all day or the parrot
will be very bored.
The parrot will also need to be groomed at least once a week.
You can do this by misting him carefully with a spray bottle, or
even bathing him in a lined sink. Use water that is lukewarm and
use a shampoo that is especially designed for birds. Parrots love
to be in the water, so do not startle him by splashing water into
his face, or he will not want to bathe anymore. If he does seem
to be afraid of water, be gentle and persist, and soon he will
love water as much as you do. Use a towel to lightly dab your
bird dry a little bit but do not rub him and do not blow dry your
bird. Just let him sit in a sunny corner of your house to dry
naturally and make sure he is warm so he doesn't catch a cold.
The wings should be clipped to prevent flight, and the nails need
to be groomed as well. Do small amounts of clipping frequently to
avoid injury and to keep the bird well groomed all the time. Make
sure you observe the vet or groom the first few times and have
him teach you the proper techniques before you attempt this,
since improper cutting could hurt the parrot.
Let your parrot move around your apartment at least half an
hour every day. As he becomes more tame and potty trained, you
can even leave him out all day, and put him back into the cage
only to sleep and feed. Enjoy your beautiful, intelligent pet for
many years to come as some parrots can live up to 70 years and
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