Big Home – Step 1
Parrots need a cage that is large enough for them to move about in, fully stretch their wings in and comfortably play in when you are not around.
Parrot Diet – Step 2
Parrots need a varied diet. Fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis are a must! If you are not sure what is the right diet for your bird ask your (Avian) vet or reputable pet store for advice on suitable food and supplements.
Parrot Toys – Step 3
Parrots are extremely intelligent, inquisitive and nosy. In the wild they would be busy exploring, playing or just foraging for food. Please provide a variety of interesting toys which you can then rotate on a weekly basis to keep the little brains, claws and beaks busy.
Flying Time – Step 4
All parrots enjoy time out of their cages, flying around the house and exploring. Ensure that all windows are shut and that the house is parrot – proofed. Do not leave your bird unsupervised when out of the cage. Please never clip the wings as this very often leads to psychological problems for the bird and a false sense of security for the owner.
Water – Step 5
In the wild, parrots like to bathe in order to keep their feathers in good condition. In captivity, you can give your bird a spray twice per week with warm water or provide a large but shallow dish in which the bird can bathe.
Parrot Training – Step 6
Understanding your parrots body language will ensure that you have a happy relationship with your bird. Train your feathered friend using positive reinforcement. Training is a wonderful way to interact with your bird and teach it basic commands and tricks at the same time. Parrots do like to learn just as much as we humans do. Never punish your bird!
Company – Step 7
We all need some company and if not all of the time, at least from time to time. Ideally, you would have another parrot but if this is not an option then some human company can be just as fulfilling to your bird. Just remember parrots do need a lot of attention and interaction on a daily basis is a must! A parrot is just like a bright child that never grows up.
An Aviary – Step 8
This is the ultimate luxury. If you have the space and can afford an indoor or sheltered and secure outdoor aviary, this will provide a superior quality of life for your bird with plenty of space to exercise their wings. Sheer Bliss!
Branches – Step 9
In the wild, parrots are very active and busy chewing all of the time. It is important to provide fresh bird-safe branches once or twice a week. This will keep the beak busy and should then keep your furniture safe.
Harness Training – Step 10
If your feathered friend is comfortable and you are able to train it on a harness you will then be able to enjoy quality time outdoors without the worry of your bird escaping. Always use a good quality harness, check regularly for damage and make sure that the harness is secured to you at all times when outside.
Holiday – Step 11
Plan your holidays in advance. You will need someone to look after your bird whilst you are away. Make sure that you have someone reliable, who knows about birds and how to handle them. Most reputable bird boarding facilities will insist on a psittacosis test valid within the past year before they will board your bird. (www.hotelpolly.co.uk)
Avian Vet – Step 12
Register your bird with an avian vet as soon as it arrives at your home. You never know when you may need one. The vet does need to be an avian vet or your bird may not receive the proper care. It is a good idea to take your bird once a year for a check – up.