How To Tell If Your Parrot Is Stressed

Stressed ParrotReading up on parrots and how to look after them before you bring them home in their bird cages is so important, as they’re not easy pets to keep – especially if you’ve never had a bird before.

Stress is not uncommon in parrots and you need to know what signs to look out for, as well as any potential causes of stress that you can keep to a minimum to ensure your bird stays in peak condition.

Stress bars are one sign that your parrot is unhappy. These are horizontal lines that run across the feathers, so keep a look out for any feathers they shed that you can check over just to be on the safe side.

A lack of appetite is also a key signifier, as is destructive or aggressive behaviour, or fear and nervousness.

So what can trigger stress in birds? A bored parrot can become stressed quite easily, while traumatic events, loud environments, sudden noises, lack of exercise, poor health, a dirty bird cage, loneliness, moving house, changes to diet and daily routine or being too hot or cold can all contribute to the development of stress.

You need to know before you buy a parrot that they are quite sensitive birds and should be treated as such. Parrots have even been known to die because of their stress and anxiety levels so do all you can to keep your new pet happy. If you’re concerned about the welfare of your bird, make sure you book an appointment with the vet as soon as possible.

Keep your parrot stimulated and happy with a range of Parrot Toys and Parrot Health Supplements from Parrot Essentials.

Parrots In The Kitchen – Bird Safe Cooking Pans


Teflon pans and parrotsHi, Could you please help……….

I have an African Grey and want to make sure the new pan set i buy is safe. I wont use any non stick or Teflon as I know they are toxic and can kill but do you know if the new aluminium coated saucepans with ceramic interior are safe? Any help would be great. Many Thanks Katie & Rocky x


Hi Katie & Rocky,

My opinion on the subject of parrots in the kitchen whilst cooking a meal is:
Don’t do it – Better be safe than sorry.
There are far too many dangers to mention but I think parrots should not be allowed in the kitchen whilst their owners are busy cooking a meal (I mean hot meal).
It really doesn’t matter how big or well ventilated your kitchen is or what type of cooking pots you use.
Here are a few reasons while I don’t recommend having birds in the kitchen whilst cooking.

Teflon pans & parrots is a big no no.

Teflon poisoning, polytetrafluoroethlyene (PTFE) occurs when the cookware is overheated. Teflon poisoning is silent and deadly to all birds. Humans can also suffer from this type of poisoning.

Cooking oil poisoning

Irrelevant of your cookware all cooking oils will produce toxic fumes and hazardous substances called free radicals. In odition each type of cooking oil can produce some specific toxins based on the ingredients used. These toxic fumes are just as dangerous as teflon poisoning.

Other hazards for your parrots in the kitchen

Teflon and cooking oil poisoningt are not the only dangers to consider when cooking. Your feathered friend can fly into a cooking pot, frying pan or step onto a hot stove. It can can pick up and eat something dangerous and before you know it….
When the meal is ready your parrot can join you at the table, on its stand, or where you like and to stop them from eating your food just served them a healthy mix of their own favourite food.
To mention a few: steamed vegetables, pomegranate, boiled potato, sweet corn, sprouted seeds.

I hope this helps.


My parrot has a lump on his neck.

Hi, my parrot has a lump on his neck its harmless but he pecks at it a lot and unfortunately its caused bleeding but as its at the front and accessible he always bites the scab off so it never gets the chance to heal and I’m worried about infection, i was wondering if you have anything that could help with this? thanks 🙂


Hi Lauren,

The best advice I can give you is to take your parrot to an Avian Vet.
If you tell me where in the country you are I can see if we know anyone near you.

Kind regards,


How many parrot treats and nuts shall I give to my bird per day?

parrot treats parrot nutsLet me start by saying this “There is no simple or straightforward answer to this question.”

How many parrot treats you give to your parrot should depend on their size, diet and physical activities during the day.

Wild parrots will have to fly miles each day to find their food and they will have to work for it (forage for it). Captive parrots get their food delivered to them by their human companions and in most cases more than they need. Very often the food is delivered in the food bowl and the birds have to make no effort whatsoever to find it or work for it. As a result of this parrots kept in captivity require a lot less food than their wild cousins. In my opinion this should be applied to treats as well.

Nutritional requirements for parrots kept in captivity is a fairly new subject and we’re still learning what is best for our feathered companions. However most of the people I have spoken to, including some avian vets agree that the less fatty the diet the better is for the birds.

A healthy diet consisting of seeds, pellets, fresh fruits and vegetables is the best. Variety is the key.

At Parrot Essentials and Hotel Polly we only use almonds, cedar nuts, monkey nuts, walnuts and nuts in general for training purposes. On a day-to-day basis I would prefer to use healthy parrot treats such as fresh foods, vegetables, Lafeber Nutriberies, Harrison’s Power Treats, dried fruits, palm nuts, sprouted seeds, etc.

I guess I still need to give you an idea of how many “trewarrds” I would give to our parrots.

For example with nuts, if I was training Bobby (African Grey) I would use one almond during the entire training. A training session could last anything from 10 to 30 minutes. I’ll break the almond into small pieces and use just one nut during the entire training session.

For the next training session I may use another treat such as cedar nuts. In this case I would use 3 to 5 nuts for the entire training session. The range of parrot treats is limitless, you just have to find out what your parrot likes and rotate them.

Remember variety is the key and the less fat content, the better it is.