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Like any other pet animal, parrots also need proper care in order to lead a healthy and happy life. Once you have selected the parrot that you want, it is necessary to have a proper cage for your new pet. Although, some people let their parrot fly freely around their house and do not keep them in a cage, however this is not the best way to keep your feathered pet.
Choose the appropriate size of the cage as cage size is important to ensure that your parrot has enough space to move around. Preferably, opt for the biggest cage you can afford because the bigger the better. Your parrot will be happier if it has enough space to move, fly, and hop around in the cage.
Following are a few minimum cage sizes for popular parrots.
Cockatiels: 22 in. height x 17 in. width, having bar spacing of 0.5 in. to 5/8 in.
Conures: 22 in. height x 22 in. width, having bar spacing of 5/8 in. to ¾ in.
Yellow Amazons (Yellow Parrot): 32 in. height x 23 in. width, having bar spacing of ¾ in. to 1 in. with bar width of 4 mm
African Grey (African Parrot): 32 in. height x 23 in. width, having bar spacing of ¾ in. to 1 in. with bar width of 4 mm.
Macaw: 36 in. height x 24 in. width, having bar spacing of 1 in. with bar width of 5 mm.
Cockatoo: 36 in. height x 24 in. width, having bar spacing of 1 in. with bar width of 5 mm.
Basically, the cage is used to protect the parrot from other animals in your home and from common obstructions, such as flying into windows, in the home that could injure him. Ensure that the cage is well-built and is strong enough to withstand the expected falls. Moreover, parrots love to perch, therefore ensure that there is at least one perch in the cage.
A well designed cage will allow your parrot to have an easy access to drink and food. When it comes to drinking and eating, the parrot food is among the most vital elements of a parrot’s health. Lack of nutritious food can make your parrot suffer as it may become grouchy and may develop behavioral problems. For instance, self-mutilation such as feather picking often develops in a malnourished African Grey parrot. Therefore, it is necessary to understand and meet your parrots’ nutritional requirements. Also, ensure to change the water daily and never let the water container empty.
In their natural environment, parrots clean themselves whenever they feel dirty, however at home you need to bathe your parrot. Fortunately, many parrots enjoy taking baths and their owners simply put them in the shower every night so that they can enjoy themselves while taking bath. But, if your parrot does not like bathing then simply spray it with warm, clean water. Warm water is ideal as parrots are vulnerable to cold too. After bath, allow your parrot dry off in a warm, comfy place.
Since parrots love to play and socialize, therefore never forget to play with your parrot. You can even cuddle with your pet on a semi regular basis. This will make your pet feel warm, loved, and appreciated.
Parrots are beautiful, appealing, and interesting birds. Their superb colors, their charming personalities, and their high intelligence make them great pets and people have been owed them for centuries. These adorable birds do need proper care and attention to live a quality and healthy life.
Parrots are able enough to form a very strong bond with their human owners. Generally, a lifespan of smaller parrots is between 15 and 30 years, and larger parrots can live up to 40 to 50 years. Therefore, owing a parrot is a lifetime commitment.
One important element for maintaining a good life of parrots is socialization. It is vital to place their cage in an area where the family spends a lot of time together and where they can interact with the bird frequently. However, do not place a cage in a kitchen as there is a risk of toxic chemicals while cooking and other dangers.
It is noteworthy that parrot care also includes their grooming, as these magnificent birds need a proper grooming throughout their whole lives. Since their nails and beaks tend to grow during their lifespan, it is important to clip them every 3 to 4 weeks. This is necessary because overgrown nails can get caught on perches or parrot toys. Many bird owners also clip their birds’ wings every few weeks to prevent flight. In their natural environment, parrots use rain showers to keep their feathers in good condition. However, in captivity, it is essential to bath or mist pet parrots daily with clean, fresh water using a water bottle.
There is no doubt that parrots are playful, loving, and super smart birds. Owners should understand extreme significance of their requirements and how to fulfill each one. Proper care can help parrots to thrive in a home environment.