Improving the Health of your Parrot
Dear Parrot Lover,
Of all the different animals in the world today, birds are the most adept at hiding their true physical status. This is because in the wild birds are always a part of the flock, and a sick or injured bird would either be left behind by the flock or would become prey for another animal or larger bird. This has carried over to domestic birds and parrots as well.
Therefore it is very important that you take your parrot for regular veterinary checkups with an avian certified veterinarian, and not just a regular vet. It is also best to become familiar with your birds own unique characteristics so that you can more easily recognize whenever your bird is sick.
If you are planning on keeping multiple birds, you will need to learn some basic bird first aid as well. Keep in mind that you cannot simply keep a pretty bird in a pretty cage and simply give it fresh water and food every day. Birds require a lot more attention than that! In fact, most birds, especially large parrots, require mental and physical stimulation on par to that given to a two year old child. If birds do not receive such stimulation, they will become bored and can be very destructive.
However, if you have not yet brought your bird home to live with you, you will have to consider the type and size of cage that your bird will reside in. Not all bird cages are created equal and you will need to make sure that the bar spaces are not too large that a smaller bird can escape through; conversely you will also need to make sure that the bar spacing is not so small that your larger bird will get their claws and toes stuck. A good rule of thumb is to always try to buy the largest cage that you can afford. The inside of the cage that you do choose should have plenty of room for your bird to turn around completely without their outstretched wings or tail feathers touching any part of the cage walls and bars.
To keep your bird as healthy as possible you should feed him or her a diet that consists of a mix of pellets, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables and grains. However, try not to feed your bird a pellet mix that contains too many multi-colored pellets as these colored pellets actually contain sugared food coloring that can be harmful to your bird in the long run. Instead choose a pellet mix where the pellets are all-natural with no colorful additives. These are much healthier in the long run anyway.
Don’t forget to give your bird plenty of fresh clean water to drink every day. If possible, depending on the size of your bird and the size of the cage, you may want to invest in providing your bird with a bird bathe of some kind. This can be either another water dish or it can be a large container that is filled with water and placed on the floor of your parrot’s cage.
Training Birds the Easy Way
An Enjoyable Bird is Within Reach!
Parrots and other birds are such highly intelligent and intuitive creatures that people are naturally drawn to them. Most people purchase that first bird with the idea in mind that they will have a lifelong companion that is great fun to be around.
Unfortunately, not everyone has this experience!
Sometimes the enjoyable experience is more of a nightmare, particularly if your bird is more likely to scream at you, attempt to bite you, and charge at your very approach! This isn’t the little buddy you expected for sure.
The good news is that there is a training approach that can work wonders on your relationship with your bird and help reduce or eliminate the bad behaviors. Best of all, it is all based in positive techniques.
A Happier Bird
Any bird can learn to behave a different way. You just have to know the best way to show him how to trust you and work with you. The Bird Tricks method of working with birds is based on real, proven methods that all types of bird breeds are responsive to. It is designed for birds by bird people!
Through free videos, informational articles, and tips, Bird Tricks explains why your bird behaves the way he does and what you can do in order to make it better. Often it means changing the way your bird eats and a healthier diet plus thinking about how you respond to your bird. Every detail and tip provided is a wealth of information whether for the first time bird owner or more advanced birder.
A Bird Tricks supporter, Dana Arambula says of her former naughty bird, “He is a joy. Even people who are scared of birds will hold him. I have been asked to put him into an animal therapy group. He is that sweet now.”