Caring for Your Parrot: Covering the Basics

Bird lovers want to offer their feathered friends the very best. You don’t want to neglect your pet or provide it with the wrong food. Knowing exactly what your bird needs is an important part of owning a parrot. Caring for your parrot does take time and effort, but keeping your friend healthy and happy for life is worth it.

Home Space

Investing in the cage is an important part of parrot care. One that’s too small will restrict your bird and prevent it from being active. Once you have a cage with lots of perches, this becomes your parrot’s personal territory. This means the cage must be kept clean. Newspaper floor liners should be changed every day. Often you’ll need to wash down the inside and many perches as well. Simple cage structures make them easier to clean, though you need to make sure it’s lockable so smarter birds can’t figure out how to escape.

Sys-CasinoKeeping Birds Happy

Parrots are usually social creatures and very intelligent. They need time and attention from owners as well as plenty of toys to keep them occupied. This means spending time with your bird talking, providing treats, and generally engaging with it. Toys are important for parrots to stay active and work their brains, too. Natural toys made from wood or hemp that can be pulled apart over time are the best for your bird, though this does mean they will need to be replaced regularly. Birds that get bored will turn to plucking their own feathers to express their unhappiness.

Periodic Grooming

Every so often, caring for your parrot also involves grooming it. This includes clipping long toenails and trimming feathers. Trimming nails should be done carefully after getting your bird used to playing with its toes. Keep your attitude light and praise your pet a lot to help it stay calm during this time. If you’re not comfortable doing this on your own, make an appointment with a veterinarian. To maintain short nails, a rough perch that your bird will stand on for short periods of time may help.

Wings are typically clipped in particular patterns to discourage flight. You will need to be familiar with these patterns and learn how to clip the wings without injuring your feathered friend. Help your pet get used to your handling its wings at first—praising it when it opens its wings and allows you to touch them. Again, if you’re not sure what you’re doing, see an experienced vet for help before trying this on your own.

Feeding Time

One of the most important aspects of parrot care is providing the proper diet. Your bird needs the right foods to stay healthy, which means an appropriately balanced and mixed diet. Different parrots need different foods. Some eat mostly seeds and nuts, while others need mostly fruits and vegetables. Providing a balanced menu that offers your bird the most appropriate nutrients is what’s important.

Know the food types your bird requires. Often supplementing seed-diets with pellet food can help your bird get the varied minerals and nutrients it needs. Make sure you completely wash all fruit and vegetables before cutting and feeding them to your parrot. This food should always be as fresh as possible, too. Don’t let it sit in your parrot’s cage and go bad.

Whatever you feed your parrot, there are several foods to completely avoid. Skip the high-fat junk foods like chips. Fruit pits and apple seeds aren’t good for parrots. Avocados and chocolates are actually poisonous for birds. Caffeine, persimmons, onions, and mushrooms are also best avoided in your feathered friend’s diet.

Caring for your parrot does take some effort, but your bird is worth it! Help your parrot live a long and healthy life with the best care possible. Knowing the basics also shows just how much our team does every day for our permanent residents at the sanctuary here. We always need a few helping hands and sponsors to offer our own rescued birds healthy, happy lives. If you’d like more information about parrot care, or how to help Sy’s Piece of Heaven, just call (908) 475-8750.