60 Bird Years of Togetherness
Dear Parrot Lover,
Raising a parrot can be lots of fun but it can also be intimidating if you don’t know how to do it properly from the start.
Unlike other domesticated pets today, parrots have a unique advantage in that they can actually camouflage or hide their actual health condition. This clever tactic is so that they do not become prey to larger animals and birds. It is a simply a ‘survival of the fittest’ tactic that works so well that sometimes even parrot owners are not able to distinguish between a healthy parrot and a truly ill parrot. Sadly, once a parrot owner discovers that their parrot is actually sick, it is sometimes too late to obtain the proper medical attention that they may need to survive.
There are two ways in which you can avoid this from happening to your parrot. First, make sure that you take your parrot in to see a qualified avian veterinarian for a Healthy Bird Checkup every year; every 6 months would be even better. Make sure the veterinarian you choose has sufficient training in Avian and Bird health. A regular dog or cat veterinarian may not have completed the extra years of school to properly diagnose and treat parrot healthy concerns. When you do take your parrot in for his Healthy Bird Checkup make sure that your parrot is in a proper carrier at all times and ask your avian veterinarian to show you how to clip your parrot’s wings and nails for their own safety. Also discuss whether your parrot should receive the Polyoma Virus Vaccine. This is a disease that causes high levels of death in young psittacine birds and is primarily spread from parrot to parrot, although new scientific evidence is showing that it might also be transmitted via the egg.
Secondly, remember the old adage: Prevention is better than cure! This is to say that by taking necessary steps now, you can prevent your parrot from becoming ill in the future. All parrots exhibit tell-tale signs of imminent illness. As a parrot owner it is your responsibility to be able to distinguish your parrot’s normal behavior from the behavior that indicates illness. Such behavior is typically seen as tail feathers that consistently held lower than the rest of the parrot’s body; Fluffed out feathers; and lost interest in eating and/or drinking; lost interest in playtime; decrease in vocalization; and a change in color and consistency of your parrot’s droppings.
By being aware of your parrot and their unique characteristics you can help prevent them from becoming ill.
60 Bird Years of Togetherness
How long do you want your bird to live?
Did you know that it’s possible for a parrot to live up to 60 years? We all know that parrots are long-lived. In some cases they can even outlive their human, but their lives can be drastically shortened. Many parrots die decades before their time…not because of neglect or bad care but due to simple things that can be prevented.
It can be as simple as a drafty location for his cage that leads to an illness or the wrong type of food that doesn’t support his nutritional needs. These are things that you don’t always learn when you buy your bird, but these are things that can be easily corrected.
Learning the basics
Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird is an e-book that breaks down what you need to know to properly maintain your parrot’s health. Did you know that, according to Raising Polly, proper bird care comes down to 3 things:
1. Correct cage setup
2. How to maintain optimal conditions inside his cage
3. The best thing to feed him for nutrition
It really is all about these 3 things. Of course there are details within that such as how to spot illness and how to treat it, how to vary his diet, how to locate his cage correctly and avoid the one spot to never put his cage is, as well as what toys are the safest and best for him to have. It’s basically everything in one e-book!
What is Polly about?
If you have a parrot or want a parrot, you’re going to need to have the right information at your fingertips. Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird is one of those books you should include in your home. It’s a great reference tool to have on hand. You’ll also get the bonus e-book, Training Your Parrot: 12 Simple Tricks Any Parrot Can Learn plus you’ll also get Raising Polly as a recorded MP3. Both of these are at no extra cost!