The parrots that used to be a status symbol have become very common in recent years and in many homes you can see a corner cage with this interesting animal. For the most part the care and preparation before bringing home this wonderful bird makes the impression of much simpler than it really is, and for those who think a parrot can be like a corner ornamental statue that needs to be fed once a day expecting a surprise.
So what is important to know before bringing a parrot home?
Let’s start with his new home – the cage.
The cage is the parrot’s new home, and thus, should be comfortable and spacious and not like a prison. In many cases the cages sold in pet stores are not large enough and not built in a practical way for the needs of the average parrot. It is important to understand that the horizontal space of the cage is more critical than the vertical, since it is important that inside me there will be room to spread its wings and fly in the cage. And for this reason a suitable cage may occupy a large part of the room, or the whole room – this should be taken into account.
Make sure your cage is made of a suitable material. No peeling paint (or ideally no paint at all), loose or loose bars, rust stains or weak hinges and should never be made of wood. Parrots will easily chew on wood and damage it, and even if they are unable to escape, chewing wood can over time cause bacteria to be difficult to treat.
Parrots have on the one hand complex nutritional needs but on the other hand they consume a wide variety of different foods including seeds, fruits, vegetables and nuts that can be varied and vary in the different diets of all the nutrients between parrots and parrots according to different varieties and their size.
You can buy ready-made mixtures that contain all the nutrients in the recommendations recommended by veterinarians. However, it is not recommended that these mixtures be the parrot’s only diet and one should do tests and see what he likes and even save certain foods as a chopper.
Fruits and Vegetables:
Parrots need a large amount of vegetables and also fruits but slightly less and only certain types. The high sugar levels that the fruit contains can be harmful to me and one should be careful when adding them to its regular menu. In vegetables the situation is completely opposite, you can feel free to add a wide variety of vegetables including herbs and even hot peppers (the parrot’s taste buds are less sensitive than ours and for this reason they are also less sensitive to “spicy”) to the parrot’s menu and he will eat them with great love.
Small species of parrots may have difficulty eating and even giving up. But others will enjoy a wide variety of nuts and some studies show that they are even very important for eating in females while laying eggs (because of the high calcium levels). However, nuts should be fed carefully into the Amazon, which is prone to obesity and related health problems.
Some species among grass-eating parrots eat large amounts of seeds. However, do not buy seed mixtures
With filler seeds like red millet, or lots of high-fat sunflower seeds
Parrots are curious, very active creatures with a high level of intelligence which does not allow them to be without any environmental stimulus. When they are bored, they will notify you by shouting, biting and even destructive behaviors to themselves such as plucking feathers.
For this reason they must have a variety of toys that will keep them busy during the day, especially when they are left alone at home and it is even necessary that you change their toys every few weeks at least to keep things going. Also make sure that the toys meet their basic needs and are accustomed to nature like climbing and gathering food.
Standing rod / stick:
Parrots not only spend the day peacefully on the “chair”, they also eat and sleep there. There are also rods designed for sanding the parrot’s nails on their backs (it scrubs for itself of course), and that’s a good thing, because otherwise you will have to cut their nails from time to time and it can be a painful and unpleasant experience for the parrot.
It is important that the cage includes a variety of rods, in all different shapes and lengths (but it is important to make sure that the thickness is suitable for it for easy grasping) Try a few different types of wood until you see what is best for it. There are also chewing sticks that employ the parrot.
Note that you will need to replace them every so often.
Some of the rods also function as toys, and include dangling parts that can be played with. Try to vary and play with the arrangement of the rods in the cage and switch between them from time to time until you find the favorite arrangement of your parrot.
Sometimes people are unaware of the costs that routine care of an exotic animal can incur. A routine check-up can cost several hundred shekels and can easily reach thousands if any serious bird health problem arises. It is advisable to be financially prepared for this issue so as not to get into trouble later on.
Also, routine checkups should be done at least once a year, and be aware of the parrot’s medical condition. Sometimes a lack of appetite or mood can indicate a particular medical problem that needs to be checked soon.
Please note – sometimes people tend to buy things that are unnecessary and even harmful.
Songbirds digest their food by consuming minimal portions of pebbles and sand. For this reason, it is customary to mix gravel in the food of certain birds such as roosters, which cannot digest the food without it.
Parrots do not need gravel to digest food for the simple reason that they have the ability to “chew” and eat minimal portions over time. And eating gravel can even harm them and cause various problems such as gastrointestinal obstruction.
Many parrot owners and bird owners in general purchase small shelters designed to give parrots a “hiding place” on the assumption that they should sleep there. There is no real need for this and it can even increase the aggressiveness of the parrot around his “home”.
Of course this is the basic information and there is much more to learn. Consult a veterinarian who specializes in exotic parrots and animals and check sources of information regarding the specific breed