Raising the Perfect Parrot
Dear Parrot Lover,
Parrots have quickly been gaining in popularity as being sought after household pets. In fact, there are just as many parrot households these days as there are cat households! However, whilst there is a ton of information available to help cat owners raise kittens to be wonderful cats, there is not a lot of valuable and accurate information available for parrot owners to do the same with their parrots.
One of the very first mistakes that potential parrot owners make is selecting an unhealthy parrot from a pet store. It is always a good idea to purchase a baby parrot from a reputable breeder rather than a pet store where your parrot could have been subjected to a myriad of diseases and abuse. Do your research by locating an online forum of owners of the specific type of parrot that you are interested in purchasing and ask questions about the breed. Also ask for referrals to respected breeders. Once you have narrowed down your choice of breeders, ask if you can visit their nursery. Due to certain airborne avian diseases, some breeders will not allow you direct access to their nursery but they will welcome you into their home to meet their breeder parrots and to view their set up.
Always look carefully at how the parrots are cared for in a breeding facility. Also look for any signs of malnutrition and physical or mental abuse of both parrots and their youngsters. Parrots that have been physically abused may cower away from you or will try to bite you as soon as you are near enough. Mental abuse in baby parrots is sometimes harder to ascertain as the common signs are a parrot that is not able to walk properly, eat properly or play properly. These can also all be signs of developmental traits that are still being learnt by young parrots. Baby parrots that are malnourished will appear to have very large breastbones when in actuality it is their overall muscle mass that is diminished.
When selecting a baby parrot to take home be sure to choose one whose feathers have a slight sheen to them and that are free from debris and plucking. A parrot’s eyes should also be clear and there should not be any kind of discharge either from their eyes or their nostril area. Depending on the age of a baby parrot, they should be able to walk, or at least waddle, from one side of their cage to the other without any significant concerns.
Once you have selected your new parrot, you must continue to work on their socialization skills so that they can grow into a well-adjusted member of your family. This is easily done by keeping your parrot’s cage in an area in your home where there is much traffic so that your parrot can feel like they are truly a part of your family. This will also help them to learn new words and phrases. Never stop training your parrot either. Every day spend a few minutes teaching your parrot to ‘step-up’, ‘step-down’, as well as teaching them new words and phrases.
Raising the Perfect Parrot
Do You Want Your Bird to Live Decades?
A healthy and happy pet parrot should live decades, 5 or 6 decades even! But, his life can be shortened by improper care and living conditions, poor diet, or preventable health issues.
It’s a snap to keep your bird living a long, healthy, and happy life, if you know the secrets to doing so, which are really simple secrets.
Keys to Health
Good parrot care really comes down to just a few factors:
1. Correct cage setup: knowing what kind of cage and where to place it
2. How to maintain those nice conditions within the cage. Dirty cages help breed diseases!
3. The right way to feed a parrot for total nutrition.
The combination of these three factors is the key to bird health. If his living environment isn’t clean, diseases can easily occur, and if he isn’t mentally stimulated with toys and engaging activities, his mental health will suffer. Using the wrong food can be detrimental for his health and lead to a shortened life as well.
How to Learn the Secrets to Parrot Health?
A professional birder has decided to share his parrot keeping system with the bird owning public. In his e-book Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird, he details in non-technical language how to care for a parrot. His system allows you to
prevent many of the diseases and issues that cause premature parrot death.
It’s a must have for anyone that has suffered from a bird’s early death before or for a beginning parrot owner.
Regards, Nathalie Roberts