Things to know before adopting a parrot:
- All parrots have long life spans. Depending on species, they live 20 to 50 years or more.
- Parrots are active and inquisitive and must be provided with ample room to move about and play.
- Parrots are instinctively programmed to chew and shred wood. It is important they get plenty of toys.
Toys have a large role to play in the well-being of your companion parrot. A parrot that spends his days locked in his cage with little to occupy his beak or mind is being deprived of the stimulation that he needs to stay psychologically healthy. Parrot toys provide opportunities for natural activities similar to those that would occur in the wild. Parrot toys can be designed to be mentally or physically challenging, to teach, or to entertain. It is important to give your parrot(s) a variety of toys, including plenty that they can chew up!
- Birds are very sensitive to air quality
In the wild, parrots breathe fresh air and are not exposed to the daily toxins present inside of our homes. Sometimes this indoor air pollution can be a major concern for a parrot. It is important to keep your parrot away from hazards such as: non-stick cookware or other appliances that utilize teflon, tobacco products, aerosols, scented candles, air fresheners, and cleaning fluids.
- All parrots need a varied diet, not just seeds or pellets, but grains, beans, and vegetables too.
It is important to consider your parrot’s daily diet in order to make sure they are receiving well-balanced nutrition so that their general health does not decline. Without a well-balanced diet a parrot may get vitamin deficiencies that decrease its lifespan and leave it susceptible to illness. In addition, an unhealthy parrot may become temperamental and not participate in family activities. Pellets and seeds alone cannot sustain all of a parrot’s dietary needs. It is important to serve your parrot a variety of fresh foods every day. A variety of fruits and vegetables are essential to guaranteeing that your parrot is receiving a balance of essential nutrients.
- Light exposure and sleep are very important to birds.
Did you know that parrots need between 10-12 hours of sleep every night? Enough sleep is vital to a pet bird’s well-being and immune system. Try to stick to a consistent schedule since that is just as important as the amount of sleep a parrot receives. In addition, light exposure is also important for parrots. Make sure to expose your parrot to natural light outdoors or full-spectrum lighting indoors.
- Parrots need veterinarian care from a veterinarian that specializes in parrots.
- Parrots eat continuously throughout the day, dropping and discarding bits of food everywhere.
- Vocalizing (sqauking, chirping, & talking) is an important part of any parrot's social communication.
Parrots can be really loud sometimes. Many people have a tough time with this. It disrupts their lives, cuts into their sleep, and makes it occasionally impossible to watch the evening news. Parrots may not be for everyone, but most people can tolerate a bit of noise. It is important to know about parrot behaviors before committing to adoption.