How to Care for a Parrot

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How to Care for a Parrot. Parrots can make wonderful pets if they are cared for properly. Caring for a parrot can be easy and enjoyable.

Things You'll Need

  • Bird Food/water Bowls
  • Bird Perches
  • Bird Toys
  • Parrot Cages
  • Parrot Food
  • Parrot Play Pens
  • Parrot Treat

Cage Setup and Cleaning

Buy a cage large enough for the parrot to be able to move around comfortably and have room to spread both wings.

Line the bottom of the cage with paper and change daily.

Provide toys, a perch, and food and water bowls.

Place a sheet of Plexiglas on the wall to prevent stains.

Wipe food and feces off the cage, perch and toys daily with hot water.

Wash the food and water bowls twice daily.

Clean the cage thoroughly every three months.

Grooming and Feeding

Wash your parrot at least once a week with water. Dry with a towel.

Clip your parrot's nails when they become long.

Talk to your parrot. Social contact is important.

Feed your parrot a balanced diet containing fruits, vegetables, meats and grains.

Give your parrot fresh water every day.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cage door latches should be drilled, not welded.
  • Cages should have an easy-to-clean design.
  • Keep the cage in an area where the temperature is stable.
  • You may wish to have your vet clip your parrot's nails for you.
  • Feed your parrot the same foods you eat.
  • If the cage bars are too far apart, birds can escape or injure themselves.
  • Parrots are very sensitive to changes in temperature. Keep the cage in an area where temperatures are stable.
  • Chocolate, coffee, avocado, lima beans, kidney beans and alcohol should be avoided.
  • Parrots can become ill if feces are not removed from the cage daily. Signs of illness include loss of appetite, weight loss and breathing difficulties.
  • Find an avian veterinarian who is a member of the Association of Avian Vets. Call your vet if your bird has any of the above health problems.
  • Never use soap or chemicals when cleaning the cage, bowl or toys. If it cannot be avoided, rinse thoroughly after use.

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