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Parrot Guide for Beginners

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.

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