A Pet Owner’s Guide to a Happy and Healthy Parrot

petHere are some of the most important things that you need to remember about caring for your pet parrot.

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The bigger the bird cage that you can find, the better. Remember that birds need a home that can provide them with sufficient space for exercising and spreading their wings. Furthermore, they should have ample room for their toys, branches, food and water. Find the biggest cage that you can afford. Another thing to keep in mind is that the ideal environment for a parrot during the day is the outdoors, so if you are able to build one, an aviary will your best bet in terms of providing your bird with adequate room to play.

Living in the big cities like New York certainly has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. One of the biggest disadvantages would be the fact that you’re quite dislodged from natural life, such as care for animals as they are, and not just as pets. Needless to say, the parrot is one of those animals who have had to suffer such a fate in the city.

Of course, with proper education, you can still help make the world a better place for parrots and for other animals. All it takes is one person brave enough to spread the word, and the news will spread like wildfire.

Exercise

As noted in the section above, it is recommended to purchase or build a cage or aviary that has enough for the bird to be able to fly from one end to the other. Keep in mind that bird bodies are designed for flying so make sure that they have time to get out of the cage and fly around the room (with windows covered and no cats or dogs!) A flighted parrot is a happier and healthier parrot! If you want your bird to experience the outdoors, you can purchase bird harnesses for these occasions. Some experts do not recommend regularly scheduling wing clipping sessions. However, sometimes it may be necessary so ask your avian vet to demonstrate you how it should be performed correctly.

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Diet

Variety is always a good thing when feeding your parrot. When you stick with an all seed diet, you can compromise your bird’s quality of life and overall health. If you are mostly feeding your pet a seed diet, be certain that the type of seed that you give it is recommended for the species and that a vitamin and mineral supplement is included in your bird’s water. As much as possible, include fresh fruit and vegetables everyday. Remember to do research first, especially because some species need to have more fruit in their diets, more vitamin A or more vegetables.