How to Take Care for a Parrot

Parrots shelterAre you thinking of having a parrot as your pet? Parrots are great companions which make them wonderful family pets. They are beautiful birds with colorful feathers. The fact that parrots can learn how to talk makes them even more desirable as family pets. You definitely won’t want to leave them behind as you go on your family trip.

Domesticating a parrot is like taking care of a human baby. There is only a slight difference between the two. This is because parrots need the same amount of love, attention and care offered to a human baby, and perhaps even more. However once you get to have a parrot as a pet, you will be amazed at just how beautiful and intelligent this bird is. Below are tips on how you can take care of your parrot.

The shelter

The first thing that you should get is a large cage that your parrot is going to live in. This cage should be big enough to allow the parrot to move around while in it and be comfortable at the same time. In order to keep your parrot busy, it is advisable that you get a mirror and place it inside its cage. To occupy its time, you can also get a toy and a swing and place them in the cage. You will also require something to line the cage properly. Just like babies, parrots need toys. When choosing a cage, avoid a round cage that has wires that meet at the top because the toes of the parrot can easily get stuck in the tiny spaces. Never buy a use cage to avoid the risk of bacteria in the cage.

The food

The nutritional needs of a parrot vary according to its species. Therefore, before picking on a meal for your parrot, you should make sure that the food you are giving it is the right one. Nevertheless, there are common characteristics when it comes to the type of food that parrots eat. For instance all parrots need a lot of vegetables and fresh fruits, cooked grains, some seed mixture and cooked grains. You can also give your parrot moderate amounts of almonds and organic walnuts. Remember that a seed-only diet is not enough for your parrot. Some foods should also be avoided such as peanuts, anything with caffeine, mushrooms, chocolate, avocado and garlic and onions.


Parrots groomingEvery part needs some grooming in addition to their daily baths. Some of the grooming that parrots need includes:

  • Trimming nails. This will depend on the reaction of your parrot and how comfortable you are cutting its nails. After watching the vet do it, you might be able to trim your bird’s nails yourself. In case you decide to trim the nails of your bird always make sure that you have styptic powder at hand to help with blood clotting in case of any bleeding.
  • Trimming the wing feathers. This is a personal choice that you have to make. Be sure to consult your vet so that you know the advantages and disadvantages of whichever decision you make.

Parrots are beautiful, intelligent and amazing creatures that have the potential to become great pets. However, they require a lot of time in terms of training and you will also need to be patient. Even though keeping a parrot as a pet is a lot of work, the rewards are just priceless.