A pet parrot can be one of the best pets because of many reasons. Their beautiful plumage and their above average intelligence make them great companions. With some patience you could teach a parrot to talk, and that alone puts them in a league of their own. Parrots however need a lot of attention and care from their owners. Many “Would be Owners” have not taken a lot of those needs into consideration. If you want to keep a happy parrot then you must know what their needs will be and how to take care of them.
The Needs of your Pet Parrot
A parrot has many needs and one of them is the ability to move around. That means that your parrot’s cage must be big enough for the bird to move around. A parrot is used to be free, so you can see how much space can make a difference in the life of a parrot; a simple cage is not enough for a parrot. They need to be entertained as well. The easiest and most convenient ways are to place a swing in the cage, a toy (which are available in pet stores everywhere) and a mirror. You will be surprised at the difference these three elements make to the parrot. Also remember the importance of lining the cage. If you can get a cage big enough to put a small plant in there, the parrot will also appreciate it.
Your Parrot’s Diet
A parrot’s health depends largely on its diet. The diet must be well balanced and consistent. If you have any doubts as to what your winged friend will need check with your veterinarian. The Vet will be able to give you advice on things you can use. Of course you can get parrot food at the pet store. Checking its contents is always advisable as you want good sources of protein in the food. You can also feed your parrot yourself with a variety of fruits and veggies, nuts, grains and meat. Another great source of protein for parrots is peanut butter, especially if it is low in sodium. Foods to avoid include salty foods, chocolate, coffee and alcohol as they can be unhealthy for the bird.
Taking care of its Living Space
A lot of the things you need to take care of your parrot involve common sense. The most important of course are food and water. It is important that your parrot’s food bowl is never empty. They are different to most pets in that regard. If you have a dog or a cat you feed them at specific times, parrots do not work that way, they eat at different times of the day. They also require fresh water twice a day; remember it is easy for a bird to get its water dirty. Grooming of a parrot can be easy, but it must be done at least 2 times a week and at most 4 times a week. The easiest way to groom them is to use a mist spray of shampoo designed for parrots.
Beak and Wing Care
Your pet parrot needs some exercise so you should let them out of their cage every day so they can tire themselves out. Because of this need you will probably want to clip its wings. It may be tempting to do it at home yourself, but if you are not a professional seek the aid of one. If clipped too much your parrot could be injured. Another thing you may want to clip is the beak. If it is important to seek help clipping the wings, clipping the beak is that much more important. Do not try to do this yourself; the clipping of the beak must be done by someone with experience. The parrot can take care of its own beak provided you give it the tools to do so. A concrete perch will help your parrot with its beak maintenance.