Parrots are pets, not accessories.
This intelligent bird can join the family on outings.
“The ideal would be to take him with a harness or put him in a rolling cage” for outings to the park for example, specifies. “Birds are just as relaxing like any other pet, for example Dogs, if raised correctly.”
If you take your bird outside, make sure the harness is snug , as birds can easily slip out of it and fly away. You can also practice indoors with your bird before taking it outside.
The way a parrot is raised impacts its personality.
A bird’s personality is shaped by its environment, the vet explains.
Birds will soak up what they encounter when they are young
including humans, toys or even a mirror. This can cause the bird to trust that object or person to an unhealthy degree.
According to him, parrots should instead be raised by other parrots, with constant human interaction . In addition, he claims that birds kept together in the same cage will bond more to each other than to their human, and that they are likely to be distressed when separated – so the ideal would be to have single or multiple birds in separate cages within the same household .
Parrots can suffer from separation anxiety
On the contrary, parrots must be taught, from the beginning, to be content with separation.
When you get home, don’t make welcoming your bird a priority; say hello and move on . Also, separate your daily routines so the bird doesn’t anticipate your return, and the bird suggests varying your arrival and departure times each day .
Keep your parrot busy throughout the day
Like all pets, parrots love toys, especially ones they can tear, like tree branches. But toys should be made of cotton or hemp rather than nylon to reduce the chance of them tangling on their paws.
It’s also a good idea to change your parrot’s toys two to three times a day and use different shapes and colors to maintain his interest.
Avoid very bright toys as much as possible . Bright colors are unnatural, and they can make birds nervous, especially when presented for the first time.
Allow your parrot to spread its wings.
If possible, use an aviary or cage large enough for your bird to fly in; at a minimum, the enclosure should be large enough for the parrot to fully extend its wings. If it’s not possible to let your bird fly, there are other ways to exercise it.
For example, you can teach your parrot to exercise on a Ferris wheel.
Your parrot can flap its wings while ascending and release them while descending. You can also teach him to do jumps and lift his wings up and down. The vet recommends at least one exercise session per day and ideally three sessions of 15 minutes each .
We take our dogs for walks every day, just like parrots are birds that also need exercise and interaction.
If you were considering acquiring a parrot, we hope that our 5 tips will enlighten you before making your decision. Given the very long lifespan of a parrot, it is important to think carefully before taking the step.