The Key to a Happy and Healthy Bird
Dear Parrot Lover,
Just like with any other companion pet, parrots require certain things and care in order to flourish in their new home with you.
Trying to find out what this particular information is can be difficult as many places offer inaccurate advice. To make it a little easier for you, here are few things you need to know on how to raise the perfect parrot.
If you haven’t chosen your new parrot yet, you will need to make sure that the parrot you do choose is perfectly healthy. It can be a bit tricky to distinguish between a healthy baby parrot and unhealthy baby parrot. You can usually avoid this dilemma by purchasing your baby parrot from a reputable breeder as the nursery is usually kept better sanitized than at a pet store. Parrots sold through pet stores can be exposed to such harmful things as diseases and even physical and emotional abuse. This could have terrible long-term effects on the well-being of your parrot.
It is easy to find a great breeder! Simply do an online search for breeder websites and join parrot forums. Once joined, you can then ask other members for recommendations to good breeders. Forums are also a great place to learn more about the breed of parrot that you have chosen; plus you can also ask other owners questions about your parrot.
Once you have a list of possible breeders, you should always ask to see if you can visit with them and meet some of their parrots. Not every breeder will actually allow you to go inside the baby bird nursery because of the risk of airborne illnesses and diseases. But they may allow you to interact with the breeder parrots and pet parrots too.
When you do meet with the breeder, take a look around at their breeding facility. Take notice of whether it is clean; keep an eye out for birds that seem to be unwell or overly afraid or aggressive of the breeder and/or you. Parrots that have suffered mental abuse, or that have a developmental oddity can sometimes be harder to ascertain. But some of the more common signs include being unable to walk, play, or eat as well as other peer parrots. Young, malnourished parrots will have what appear to be large breastbones. However, this is really a sign that their overall muscle mass has diminished.
The parrot that you ultimately choose to take home with you should have feathers that have a slight shine to them and are not dirty. There shouldn’t be any signs of feather plucking either. Their eyes must bright without any discharge from the eyes or nostrils. Watch how the parrot walks as well; if they are young and healthy they should be able to walk or shuffle without any problems.
Once you have selected a parrot, make sure that you visit with him or her every day, or at least as much as possible because you want to have your parrot become accustomed to you as quickly as possible. This will make the transition to their new home with you much easier.
The Key to a Happy and Healthy Bird
Do You Want to Know the Secrets to Having a Bird?
If you’ve never had a bird before or you’re maybe wondering what you could do better for your bird, I’ve got the secrets for you. Birds are delicate creatures that we just don’t know as much about. The average bird owner purchases a bird from a local pet store without knowing all of the ins and outs of bird ownership. This can make for learning about birds the hard way!
Instead, if you know the simple secrets to bird care, your bird can live a very long, happy, and healthy life.
Did You Know?
Did you know that a bird should live, on average, decades? Did you know that he won’t make it this long without the right nutrition and care?
Did you know the secret to proper bird care really is boiled down to 3 main 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.
These 3 factors are the keys to a healthy bird! Diseases can occur if his living environment isn’t clean or he can become sick if it’s located in the wrong spot. Plus, using the wrong food can be detrimental to his health and lead to a shortened life as well.
Learn from a Pro
You could scour the internet for bits and pieces of information about bird care and health OR you could do it the simple way: learn from a pro with decades of experience. He’s sharing all of his knowledge learned over the decades in an easy-to-read e-book called Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird. He offers details in non-technical language that allow you to easily learn how to care for a parrot. He shows you how easy it really is to prevent many of the diseases and issues that cause premature parrot death.
It’s a perfect book to start you on the path to a healthy bird!
Regards, Nathalie Roberts