Parrots come in a variety of shapes, colors and personalities. There are more than a hundreds of Parrot species both in the wild and in captivity. Finding the right Parrot for pets is very important because as responsible owners we must make sure that we can take good care of them for the years to come. Raising a parrot requires vast attention and work; they also need a lot of love in order to be happy.
If you are one of those people who want to have a Parrot for pets then there are things that you must consider first before doing so. Most people would agree that raising a Parrot is no laughing matter; it is hard as it is rewarding. The following are the things that you must consider before getting a Parrot in order to raise them properly.
Parrots needs lots of space– Generally, Parrots needs to have ample space in their cage. Their cages need to be spacious for it is where they have to stretch their wings freely, a place where they can play and it is also a place where they eat. The ideal size of the cage should also be proportionate to the size of the Parrot, thus a Cockatiels cage should be relatively smaller than that of a Cockatoo.
Parrots cannot live with seeds and pellets alone- The food that your parrots should eat must be variety of foods and it should also be nutritious. Generally, Parrots needs the same nutritional requirement as what humans require. Ideally you should feed them with fresh fruits like Apple, Pear, Strawberries, Peach and Pineapple. Great vegetables to feed your parrots are carrots, spinach, potatoes, corn and cauliflower. There are also foods that you must not give to your pet Parrot and one good example would be chocolate.
Parrots are naturally vocal, this means that part of their nature is to talk, screech and scream. Always remind yourself with this and never scold them for doing so. Since, Parrots are naturally noisy you must also consider your location and your neighbors.
Parrots needs proper grooming- Your Parrot needs to be bathe at least once a week, their beaks and claws must be trimmed regularly for it to not cause any harm to others. It is also important for Parrots to be in a clean place, as there can never be a creature that will remain happy and healthy in a dirty cage. So, it is important that we will clean our Parrot cage at least once a week to promote not only our pet’s health but also ours.
Parrot demands for their owner’s time and attention- Parrots are one of the most intelligent animals around, so it is important that they will get intellectual stimulation and interaction from their owners. Parrots like attention thus they should be place in the part of the house where your family spend most of the time. If a parrot will be left alone for a long time they may get bored and stressed, if this will happen there is a big possibility that your pet will develop an unruly Parrot behaviour.
If you are considering a Parrot for pets, you must not make that decision on a whim. You need to think it over and over because owning a Parrot is a responsibility and it should not be taken lightly. A lot of Parrots have been abandoned by their owners because the owners did not expect that raising a pet is hard and requires a lot of their time and effort. For more information on raising a pet Parrot properly join our mailing list to receive a free minicourse.