Parrot care sheet

This care sheet is written with smaller parrots in mind (conures, poicephalus, caiques, etc).

Diet:
A parrot, regardless of what type you have, will need a combination diet consisting of raw foods and pellets. It’s a common misconception that parrots should be fed seeds. This is a horrible diet for parrots and will cause problems for them. One of my parrots, a caique, has fatty liver disease because his previous human fed him nothing but seeds for 17 years.

The best pellet brand to buy is Harrison’s, but I’ve had good luck with Roudybush and Zupreem Natural. Make sure you buy the correct size for your bird. A bigger bird would have trouble with smaller pellets and visa versa with smaller birds to bigger pellets.

Ideally, you would provide plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables for your feathery friend and offer a serving of pellets in addition to this for them to “snack” on. This way you can be certain that your bird is getting all of it’s necessary dietary requirements.

Please note there may be exceptions for some parrot species such as Lorikeets or Eclectus.

Cage:
The general rule is that you should buy the biggest cage that you can afford. Parrots are active birds and need plenty of room to stretch out and play. They’re very much like children in their antics and, like children, need space to move around. For smaller parrots such as conures, caiques, Senegals, Meyer’s, quakers, etc: I would recommend a minimum cage size of 20″ wide x 30″ long x 24″ high. These cages by Prevue Hendryx on Amazon have served me well and they offers lots of room.

Larger parrots obviously need larger cages, usually in the form of a macaw cage. I really wouldn’t go any smaller than a cage of this size.

Socialization:
This is where many people fall down in the overall care for their birds. Life happens. I know. Sometimes you’d rather go watch that newly released movie with your friends than hang out with your bird. You get to see him everyday, right? He’s not going anywhere. One day won’t hurt. Except when it does. Sometimes, one day is all it takes. Birds become sooo dependent on us for interaction and love. Especially if you only have one. They bond with us. They love us. They need us. I heard it once described like this: you have the entire world outside your front door. Your bird only has you. If you get a bird, you need to make sure that you have at least 1 or 2 hours to spend with him. If not, at least get him a friend. Remember, you chose him. He didn’t get a choice at all.

Lack of socialization leads to bad behavior. Some birds will start plucking. Some birds start screaming. Some will become aggressive. Some may stop liking you and prefer another person in your household instead. Think about it like this: if you were ignored by the one you love, would you like it? Of course not. For your sanity and especially for your bird, please make sure you have enough time to spend with him.

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