A Beginners Guide To Parrot Keeping
Hello and thank you for clicking on this article. My name is Fancy Vancy and I own this website called practical parrot where you can find more interesting content and products. Anyway, this article is a beginners guide to owning and caring for a parrot. I will go in depth as much as I can and it will be updated regularly. You may want to do more research other than reading this article, however, this article will set you on the right path. I hope you enjoy it and feel free to drop me a comment if you have any other questions.
Types Of Parrot
So firstly, we need to find the right parrot for you! So to do this I have a compiled a list of parrots and their pros and cons to make this easy for you. The parrots in this list are not going to be every type of parrot in the world just some of the more popular choices of parrot that are often kept as pets.
African Greys are a highly intelligent species. There are two types of African Greys. Firstly there is the Congo African Greys which measure about 12-14 inches. They are light grey in color and have a scarlet coloured tail. Tirtmneh African Greys are around 10 inches (so smaller than the Congo African Grey) and are a darker shade of grey and have red tails.
.Nervous in nature
Parakeets vary in size. Firstly you have the common American Parakeet and measure around 7 inches. And then there is the English Budgie which is also around 7 inches. And finally there is the Bourke Parakeets which are around 18 – 23 cm.
.Some talking ability
.Can be easily handled
.Can be nippy/bite
.Sometimes they have night mares
Conures are a small/medium sized breed of parrot. They vary in size but are typically between 10-20 inches in length. Again there are many types of Conures, However the most popular being the sun conure which are colored yellow orange and green. There are also other types of conure such as Jenday Conure, Blue crowned Conure and so on.
.They love to be handled and enjoy the company of humans
.They are very energetic and always love to play
.They can get nippy if you don’t give them enough attention.
Poicephalus parrots tend to be small bulky parrots. Popular Picephalus parrots include the Senegal and Meyers parrots. This particular species of parrot tend to measure 5-13 inches in length. The most common colors in this species of parrot is green and gray.
.Like to be stroked if raised well
Amazon parrots are beautiful bulky parrots that have a small tail. They are generally around 12-15 inches in size.
.Great size for handling
.Can be aggressive
What do parrots eat
Parrots are omnivores. This means they eat meat and vegetables. However a parrots diet mostly consists of vegetables and seed along with nuts and fruits. Most of the time you will buy a commercial bag of parrot pellets from your local shop, but if you don’t want to feed them pellets all the time, or sometimes give them a healthy treat, here are a few food items they can eat.
Nuts are very important to a parrots diet and they love cracking them open and getting the food from the inside. Always make sure the nuts are marketed as for humans and are food safe as some of the cheaper nuts you can buy contain bad toxins.
Fruit And Vegetables
Fresh fruit and vegetables are brilliant for your parrot to eat and are a very important part of their diet. Some great fruits and veggies are carrot, beetroot, peas, sweetcorn, apple, banana, grapes, orange, papaya and pomegranates. However, avoid avocado as they are poisonous to parrots.
Parrot Seed Mix
Make sure the parrot seed mix has a wide variety of seeds inside.
Cheese, cooked meat bones, egg (boiled) and certain types of fish are also great food for your parrot, however only in moderation.
Choosing and caring for your parrots cage
So, you saw the title this will briefly explain how to choose the best cage for your beloved feathery friend. Bigger is quite literally better since the more room your bird companion has to move freely the better. So you don’t want to get a small cage or it will not be a good environment for exercise, comfort ect. Also please note all certain types of parrot have cage size requirements.
Okay now you know the basics I want to talk to you about possible safety related issues you may face on your journey to finding the best cage. The main point I want to make is the bar size, I won’t go in to too much detail about this but you will need to ensure your parrot is secure so he/she won’t be able to slip through the bars. Another thing you may want to jot down is stainless steel is one of, if not the best material for your pet’s humble abode.
Now, finally we will discuss the price tag of these parrot domains. Now you don’t want to buy an extremely cheap cage for your new friend however try and buy something that that fits into your budget and your pet enjoys. Just remember to give it enough space to move around.
Finally I would like to take about the cleaning procedures that come with your parrots cage. Food and water dishes should be cleaned regularly (ideally once a day) with hot soapy water. If you wish to use a dishwasher make sure your bowls are dishwasher safe beforehand. Make sure you use pet safe soaps to wash up and you may want a few extra bowls on stand by so you can have a constant supply of safe and clean bowls for your pet. If you have any accessories these will also need to be cleaned in the same way you clean your pets bowls. Next is the liner of the bird cage. This should be changed daily. Newspaper is a great liner to use as well as other store bought liners. Make sure you place the newspaper/liner down in layers so it soaks up and will catch and debris and also make sure the liner/newspaper is safe and free from dangerous chemicals like certain types of inks. You will then want to sweep any droppings or debris into a bin and then clean the cage from top to bottom in the same way you will clean your pets water and food bowls. We recommend disinfecting the cage but make sure the disinfectant is safe for pets. As for keeping the bird clean we recommend fitting a bird bath into the bird cage for it to wash its self.
Other useful things to know
Can I Let My parrot out of Its cage?
Yes, However be sensible. If your parrot doesn’t trust you yet and is new you should wait until you have a bond before doing so. If you do chose to let them out their cage then make sure all stoves, fans etc are turned off. Make sure there are no mirrors and keep doors and windows firmly shut to restrict movement to one room. You should defiantly do some good research before you even conciser letting your parrot out and use common sense.
Parrot Handling Tips
Handling your parrot is essential if you want to create a strong and trusting bond with your parrot. I highly recommend you watch a You Tube video about how your parrot should be handled but here are a few tips to get you started:
Be gentle! Do not squeeze or grip your parrot to tightly they have very delicate bones!
Teach them tricks. Parrots are highly intelligent and love being occupied so why not teach them a trick
Keep them at a safe distance. Despite some owners having their parrot on their shoulder, this is not recommended as all it would take is a noise or fright to cause the bird to bite. Always keep your parrot away from your face and when starting it is a good idea to wear gloves.
Remove jewelry. This is because they may bite your jewelry and therefore cause pain to you and a choking hazard to the parrot.
In conclusion, you and your parrot should have a trusting and loving bond and this is perfectly possible if you follow the guidelines here. This article will hopefully have given you a run down of how to look after and care for a parrot but we cant go into detail about every aspect of parrot keeping as it would take to long. Therefore we recommend reading more books and articles about parrots and parrot keeping before buying your first parrot. Thank you for reading.