Is a Parrot the Right Pet for You?
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Is a Parrot the Right Pet for You?

Parrots are fabulous pets. They are so beautiful and some of them are great talkrs. The Macaws, Amazons and African grays can be very noisy and can cause problems for their owners. Parrots need constant attention. They do not like to be left alone. They need to be let out of their cage everyday. Your parrot is happy when he is getting a lot of attention.

Parrots are beautiful but they are a lot of work and time consuming.  Many people see a parrot and decide they want it and they do not realize what it takes to keep a parrot.  There are many parrots in rescues because people decided they really did not want a parrot.

The large Amazons, Macaws and Cockatoos are impressive birds.  You must consider the care these birds require and that they can live to be over a 100 years old.  The lifespan of Parrotlets and the small parrots is usually 20 years.

Most Conures and the Quaker Parakeets have a very loud screech that most people cannot put up with.  They are intelligent and great talkers but their noisy behavior turns many people off.

Amazons, Macaws, Cockatoos and African Grays can get you in trouble with your neighbors because of all their noise.  Pionus, Senegal’s and Meyers are not as loud as some other parrots their size.   Budgies, Lovebirds and Parrotlets are not very loud with no ability to scream.

Before deciding, what parrot to get consider your tolerance for noise.  A healthy parrot is a very vocal parrot.  They should never be punished for talking, screeching or screaming.  These are all natural behavior for a parrot.  Some parrots scream because they want attention.

Most parrots require constant attention and if you leave your parrot alone in his cage for long periods, he will get depressed, lethargic and untrusting.  Parrots thrive on attention and they must have it every day whether you feel like it or not.  Pet parrots must be allowed time out of their cage every day to stretch their wings, explore and spend time interacting with you.  You can never truly appreciate the intelligent, endearing and comical qualities of a parrot.

Parrots are very messy when they eat and food will go everywhere.  Quaker parrots will dig through their vegetable dish and they will eat a few bites, then pick up a piece, and drop it between the cage bars.  There will be food, feathers and droppings everywhere.  Your bird’s cage should be kept clean at all times or your bird will not be healthy and happy.  Your parrot’s cage and everything in it should be washed once a week and left to dry before you put the bird back in it. Newspaper in the tray under the cage can be changed daily.  Do not use the colored pages as they contain toxins.

Your parrot should have a place where he can be let out of his cage so he can stretch his wings and join in family fun.

Your parrot cannot live on just seeds.  A bird seed diet will cause malnutrition, illness and a shortened lifespan.  They should get pellets or seed daily plus a variety of vegetables such as carrots, corn, broccoli, spinach, collared greens and cauliflower to name a few.  Dark green, orange and yellow vegetables offer the most nutrition to a parrot.  You can give them a few pieces of fruit such as apple, pear, peach, strawberries and kiwi.  Other good foods are cooked brown rice, pasta and beans.  Avocado and chocolate are toxic to birds and should never be given.  Sharing your meal with your parrot helps him feel like part of the family and closer to you.

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