Teaching Tricks to Your Witty Parrot
One of the many pleasures of owning a parrot is teaching the parrot tricks. As any parrot owner or admirer knows, a parrot is highly intelligent, thinks somewhat like a child, and is capable of a cause-and-effect manner. One of the great joys in teaching a parrot tricks is that it learns, and once you have taught the parrot a few tricks, you can continue, increasing his abilities to speak, mimic, and perform.
You will probably witness your pet learning a few tricks on their own; however, it will be necessary for you to teach this bird. Before you begin to teach your parrot tricks, however, there are a few conditions that must be met. To begin, you must have a parrot that you can hold and caress, without this ability it will be useless to try to teach your pet. Once you have tamed this bird and taught it to obey, you will be able to begin trick training. You should never begin trick training unless all the parrots needs have been met, and the both of you are in a mood to train. This means a full belly, the bird isn’t anxious or tired, and the environment feels safe for the parrot. You should be training in a safe, well-lit room.
Begin with the simple trick “step up”. This is one that is very easy to perform and you should be able to teach your parrot in an afternoon. While this animal is standing on his perch, rub your pointer finger across his lower abdomen and command him to “step up”, do this a few times until they grasps the meaning and steps onto your finger. Continue to do this until this bird is well accustomed to the trick.
Turn around should be the next trick that you teach your parrot. This is one of the many parrot tricks that will be easily taught and this bird should be able to learn within a day. Set your animal on its perch and with a treat hold it at eye level in front of the parrot, making the command, “turn around”. When the parrot reaches out for the treat, gently guide the treat behind the parrots back so that he follows your hand. Once he turns around for the treat behind him, continue to bring the treat back around, to your starting position. Once back at the starting position, give the parrot the treat.
You should always use a calm voice when training this creature, and always use the same command for the same trick. Also, if you have a parrot with mild to moderate behavior problems trick training can be used to help calm the bird.
These animals are great mimickers and performers as well. It is possible to purchase a baby toy piano and teach to play. With your pet is on the ground next to the piano, practice hitting the keys. Allow you’re bird to practice with you. You may even like to put a treat on the key to allow your bird to know that they can touch the key. Do this continually until the bird shows interest in the piano and playing it. Allow the piano to be one of the parrot’s toys.
The parrot is highly intelligent and should be provided with training each day. Aside from having a bird that will entertain you, you will have a bird that is well-balanced and mentally stable. This is important, as the bird needs to stimulate himself in his environment to be healthy and sound.
Eliminate Unwanted Parrot Behaviors
This article covers two methods to eliminate behaviors;”Extinction” and “Substitution”. One is based on untraining and the other is based on training. But first let’s look at exactly what an unwanted behavior is and where it comes from. The removal of an unwanted behavior must be a reasonable goal. For example, removing the behavior of “eating” is not a reasonable behavior to attempt to remove. Likewise, removing the behavior of “vocalizing” is also not a reasonable behavior to attempt to remove. Communicating is very important to birds. It is perfectly normal for birds to be vocal at dawn, dusk, and sometimes when isolated. These behaviors (eating and vocalizing) are hard-wired behaviors. Loud, screaming, squawking, and yelling behaviors can be modified and it is reasonable to want to modify these behaviors. This section will focus on excessive noise from birds but the principles in this section can also be used on other unwanted behaviors.
Before attempting to modify any behavior, you should attempt to find out what is causing the behavior. Let’s look at the case of a screaming bird. If this were a child, your first step would be to ask, “What is wrong little Johnny?” Unfortunately birds can’t understand English so it’s up to you to try to understand what they’re trying to tell you. Is there something in the bird’s environment that is scaring the bird? Was a new toy introduced to the cage or was the cage recently moved? Was new furniture put in the room? Some birds are more sensitive than others and will be spooked by adding a new Crayon drawing to the refrigerator that’s 10 feet away. So this part of the investigation may require some creativity on the your part. What do you do next after you’ve checked everything and found nothing? Another possibility to consider is a health problem. A check-up at the vet (an avian vet) is recommended at this point especially if this is a recently developed behavior. Birds respond to health problems in different ways depending on the bird, the species, and the particular health problem. It’s always a good idea to rule out health problems before they worsen. What do you do after you’ve checked the environment and had a check-up at the vet and you still can’t find anything? Now is the time to look at modifying the behavior. But first I have some “good news” and “bad news”. The “bad news” is that the behavior is/was most likely being reinforced by you, someone else, or the previous owner. And most likely, the person reinforcing the behavior doesn’t even know that they were/are reinforcing the bad behavior. However, the “good news” is that it can be fixed. So let’s look at a couple methods for eliminating unwanted behaviors. The two methods that will be discussed in this article are “Extinction” and “Substitution”.
Extinction is a method of eliminating unwanted behaviors based on untraining. There is a simple premise that most training (Clicker training in particular) is based on that says, “behaviors that are reinforced tend to increase in frequency, intensity, and duration.” The flip side of this coin is that behaviors that are not reinforced eventually decrease in frequency, intensity, and duration. Let’s look at a specific example. You’re sitting in your favorite chair, your bird is 20 feet away from you and your bird lets out a loud screeching noise. You look at him and you can see that there is nothing in his environment that changed. You next response is to say, “What’s the matter pretty bird?” (bad response) or you yell, “Shut up noisy bird!” (really bad response), or you get up to go see what his problem is (also a really bad response). Each of these responses give your bird exactly what it’s probably looking for which is attention. By screeching he can at least get your attention (you look at him) or he may get lucky and get a verbal response or if he’s really lucky he’ll hit the Jackpot and you’ll get up and go to his cage. All of these responses reward his behavior and reinforce his behavior. Both Positive attention (“What’s the matter pretty bird?”) and Negative attention (“Shut up noisy bird!”) are rewarding responses to the bird looking for attention. So the “good news” is that you are an effective trainer already, the “bad news” is that you are training an unwanted behavior. This is very easy to fix though so don’t get discouraged. Let’s look at our first method of eliminating unwanted behaviors, which is “Extinction”.
Extinction can be used to eliminate this screaming behavior by simply ignoring the behavior. It is that simple. When you hear the screech, don’t look at the bird, don’t speak to the bird, and don’t get up to go to the bird. Your response should be absolutely no response at all. So what will the bird do as soon as it realizes that you are not going to respond? It will most likely repeat the behavior. You must be disciplined and stick with it because it will get worse before it gets better. You can expect an “Extinction Burst” which is where the behavior is repeated over and over. Your bird thinks that maybe you didn’t hear it so it will do it again. Then it thinks that maybe it wasn’t loud enough so it will do it louder. Eventually your bird will learn that it isn’t going to get a reward and it will stop the behavior assuming that you stick with it and focus on not reacting to the screeching. This is the most difficult part. You may find that you are reacting before you even think about it as a learned behavior on your part. So it may require some unlearning on your part too. You must ignore the behavior all the time. Don’t give in occasionally just to “shut him up”. And just in case you were thinking about it, if you say “I’m ignoring you” to your bird then it doesn’t count as ignoring the behavior. The worse thing that you can do is reward the behavior some of the time and ignore it other times. This is referred to as “Variable Ratio Partial Reinforcement” which is a very effective reward method used by professional animal trainers. One other point before moving on to the next section is that you may also experience a “Spontaneous Recovery”. This is when the behavior goes away for a period of time then just seems to pop back up out of thin air. This happens occasionally but if you continue to ignore the behavior it will become extinct much quicker this time.
Extinction Bursts happen to people too and maybe even you’ve experienced it. Here’s a ‘People Related Example’. You’re waiting on the elevator and it seems to take forever. Someone always seems to go to the button and push it over and over. This is an example of an “Extinction Burst”. After pushing the button once the reward of the opening elevator doesn’t happen. So the person pushes it over and over. We all know that pushing it over and over won’t help but someone always does it “just in case”.
Substitution is another method used to eliminate unwanted behaviors. Technically it is referred to as (DRA) or Differential Reinforcement of Alternative Behaviors. That seems like a mouthful so I’ll use the term “Substitution”. Besides, we don’t want to make this method sound more difficult than it really is. Substitution is a method that substitutes acceptable behaviors for unwanted behaviors. The acceptable behaviors are rewarded and the unwanted behaviors are ignored. This is very similar to Extinction with the addition of a reward on the other end of the equation. Some behaviors can not be eliminated using Extinction because the bird gets it’s own reward from doing the behavior. So eliminating the behavior by ignoring it is not always an option. This is called a Self-Rewarding or a Self-Reinforcing behavior. An example of this is a bird that throws its food out of the cage or in the bottom of the cage instead of eating it. The reward might be the noise that the food makes as it hits the floor or cage. This should not be confused with the bird accidentally dropping food, which is a natural behavior for birds. In this case we’re talking about intentionally throwing food around. Since this is a self-rewarding behavior, “Extinction” and ignoring the behavior won’t work. However, Substitution will work. You substitute the behavior of “eating the food” for the behavior of “throwing the food”. The perfect behavior to substitute is one that makes the unwanted behavior impossible to do. In this case, your bird can’t throw the food and eat it at the same time. Rewarding the bird when it eats its food with Clicking & Treating (Clicker Training) while ignoring it if it throws the food is an application of Substitution. Also note that birds also use this method of throwing food to attract attention. If this is the case then the method of “Extinction” CAN be used to eliminate this behavior.
A common use of Substitution is substituting one unpleasant “noise” for another more pleasant “noise”. If you notice that your bird screams when you leave the room, this is a common behavior for birds. This is called a Contact Call and it’s how birds communicate. To be more specific, the calling to you (Contact Call) is common but the screaming is not common. This is how a bird communicates with the rest of its flock. This Contact Call is an effort to determine where you are and if everything is ok. This is an excellent opportunity for Substitution. When you leave the room and the bird screams, you simply don’t respond in any manner. As soon as the bird makes an acceptable noise then you reward the bird by echoing the acceptable noise or by using another acceptable noise. You may also Click & Treat (Clicker Training) this acceptable noise that the bird offers or your response may be reward enough. Your bird will quickly realize that you will only respond if it uses the proper (pleasant) Contact Call. Your life and the bird’s life will be much easier if a kissing noise is used as a Contact Call instead of a screaming noise. You’ll also notice that once a Contact Call and return Contact Call are established, your bird will do it a couple times when you leave the room and will often stop once it recognizes where you are and that everything is ok.
Hopefully these two techniques will help you eliminate any unwanted behaviors that you pet bird or parrot develops.
The Author is the creator of the InfoSuperFlyway.com. It’s a webpage dedicated to Kibibi a Congo African Grey Parrot with parrot recordings, funny parrot videos, top ten lists, parrot jokes, clicker training info and a large database of parrot articles.
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Last Updated (Thursday, 06 January 2011 21:10)
All About Parrot Sounds
Nowadays parrots have become very desired and popular pets for bird-fanciers. Of course, one the reasons is the bright colors of the birds plumage. But another and the most important motive is parrots ability to reproduce human speech. In wild environment parrot sounds seem to be incomprehensible and similar to each other it is just a noise. But in captivity the birds try to imitate the sounds which surround them, and it results in making something cognate out of chaotic parrot sounds.
Pros and cons
The phenomenon of parrot sounds conversion to human speech has always been sprightly discussed. After the birds ability to speak had been found out, a lot of people did their best in attempting to teach their pet birds as many words as possible. There are cases whenparrots learnt up to 800 English words! Some of the birds owners state that they have succeeded even in teaching their parrots to count and to answer simple questions!
No doubt, it is hard to believe that a bird can have such intellectual faculties. Some people argue against the fact that parrots are able to reunite pronunciation of a word with its meaning. A parrot can say hello, but it may mean something different to the bird, depending on its feelings and the situation. Again, it is disputable, for someparrots are known to speak quite deliberately for example, they may ask to feed them.
What Parrot Breeds Are the Best Chatterers?
The ability to talk in many respects depends on the parrot breed. The birds use their tongue to reproduce speech, therefore some of the parrot breeds can learn to speak successfully and some fail to do that they may understand some requirements and remarks, but they are not able to turnparrot sounds into an understandable answer.
African Grey Parrot is considered to be the most capable breed. These parrots have an amazing ability to remember words and melodies due to their absolute pitch. It is African Grey Parrots that may learn a huge amount of words and even make sentences of them. The researches managed to teach these parrots to name dozens of objects, to ask for them, and even to define the color and the form.
You should not be upset if your bird pet is not as talented as African Grey. All parrot breeds are unique and have their own advantages. You should not doubt in the fact that allparrot sounds always express something important for the birds. After all, your parrot may create its own language with your help, and you may understand parrot sounds without wasting words.
Choosing the Right Parrot For You
Many people think that a bird is a fun low maintenance pet that can provide you with good company. While birds are fun, intelligent companions they do require quite a bit of maintenance and care. Some birds require more maintenance than others so here’s some guidelines on bird care that might help you pick a bird that’s perfect for your lifestyle.
First of all you should be aware that all birds will need to have fresh food and water in a cage change daily. Also, birds are messy with their seeds and you’ll soon find seeds all over the floor around the cage that will need to be cleaned each day to. You can buy things to go on the cage so minimize this mess but be prepared to spend at least a half-hour cleaning up and around yourbirds cage each day. In addition, you want to set aside time each week to wash down the cage as it can get quite messy.
The reason most people get a bird is to obtain friend I can sit in the shoulder and entertain them. But if you want your bird to remain tame and friendly you’ll need to spend some time with it particularly at feeding time when you can choose to hand feed him and also you want to set aside time to take themout of the cage just to play.
If you don’t have a lot of time to spend with a bird but still like the look of these bright little creatures you may want to think about purchasing a canary or some finches. Thesebirds are pretty self-sufficient and won’t pine away if you don’t pay a lot of attention to them. Also, if you don’t want a loud bird that will wake up all your neighbors these have light pleasant sounding voices. Beware, however, that they’re just as messy as otherbirds so you will need to spend time cleaning up their cage’s.
let’s say you who do have plenty of time to spend training and playing with your pet bird but you just don’t have the room for big giant parrot. For you, the cockatiel parakeet might make the perfect pet. Thesebirds can become very tame and can even be taught to do tricks and in some cases to talk. They are not overly loud so can be good pets for apartment dwellers.
If you want something a little bit bigger, consider midsize parrots like Conures or Senegal parrots. these birds are a bit bigger in size can be fun and entertaining pets but I must warn you they can be very loud. Conyers in particular have an ear piercing shriek that they like to emit first thing in the morning. they’re not the talkers that the larger parrots are but some breeds like Quaker parrot and Nanday conure can talk pretty good.
If you do a lot of time and you want a bird that will talk extensively than you want to choose one of the larger parrots like an African gray or maybe even a macaw. The larger parrots theirs is just as smart as a toddler and will probably require almost as much attention. You need to make sure that you keep your bird from getting bored or providing him with interesting toys that you change out every once in awhile and by interacting with them yourself. If you buy a large burden and spend time with it you’re just asking for trouble as they can be quite destructive and loud.
No matter what type of bird you choose, you want to make sure you get one that has been hand fed since it was a baby. This bird will already be quite tame and used humans and be ready to adapt to his new home and willing to learn to talk and do tricks from you. It’s a bird that is not tame or friendly may have problems and may never learn to trust you, therefore not making a good pet.
It can be exciting to adopt a pet bird but you need to make sure that you make this decision carefully. Buying a bird that you do not have the time for will be a disappointment for both you and the bird and will not work out in the long run. Before you make your purchase, be sure that you will commit to caring for your new feathered friend and you will find that you have a wonderful companion.
Bringing Your New Parrot Home
Lets assume you have decided to finally make a purchase of the perfect parrot companion. You researched breeds and characteristics and you found a breeder and purchased the bird. Whats next? You can’t just turn it loose in the living room and expect you parrot to thrive.
The first issue is what is the best cage for my bird? You can research this information on the internet and I find that cage manufacturers will offer this type of information for your review. The more active your bird the larger the cage you will usually need. Putting a Macaw in anything but a very large cage is actually cruel. The Macaw is 30+ inches in length and requires a large cage to satisfy its active nature.
The African Grey Parrot likes a more intimate cage and prefers the cage against a wall or in a corner. Don’t put them in a high traffic area of your home because it will make them very nervous. At first I could not understand why this was the case but upon further research I found that some species of parrots are actually considered prey. By nature these parrots are constantly on alert for potential predators. If you understand this principle you will see why proper cage placement will make for a much more calm bird.
Purchase several cages. If you do so you will give your feathered friend more options for socialization. I keep one cage in my home as his primary residence and one outside on my covered porch. He loves his time in that cage and squawks and chats incessantly as he hears the sounds of nature. If you try to move the cage from inside to outside you could upset your bird. I have a smaller third cage I use to move my parrot from inside to outside and back again. I use that same cage when I travel to the vet or on vacation to my summer home. It is a perfect size for this activity and I am able to actually buckle the cage into the backseat of my SUV.
I used my smaller cage when my bird was very young. My vet told me to use the larger cages until it became more mature. He had seen several birds that had injured themselves by flying into to the side of their cage before they had learned to fly with control. When my bird grew into the larger cage it was a treat for him to explore his new surroundings and adapt to the larger environment. Your larger cage has to have perches, food and water bowls as well as chew toys for the more aggressive and active breeds.
Get at least one T-stand. My parrot loves being placed on the T-stand when I have guests.This stand allows my parrot to be part of the social scene at my home. Additionally, you will need a T-stand for training purposes.. I always use a T-stand on all of my training endeavors.
The secret to a happy, healthy and well-adjusted parrot is advance preparation. If you prepare for your parrot’s homecoming your bird will react favorably to its new surroundings.
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Parrot adoption, like all forms of adoption, is an essential service needed for parrots that need a good home. Sometimes parrots are put for adoption simply because the previous owners are unable to care for them any more be it financially or simply an issue of time to nurture the parrot.
Occasionally though the reason a parrot is put up for adoption can be more malice. There is always those select few pet owners who miss treat or neglect there pets. Like those who buy pit bulls and train them, through abuse and starvation, to be aggressive toward everyone and everything.Parrots to, occasionally are mistreated, usually through poor living conditions. These animals need the people who work for adoption service to find them a good home where they will be treated well.
Today, parrot adoption centers are connected to prospective adopters through the internet. Many of the centers have very lengthy websites containing all sorts of valuable information including detailed information about parrots as well as a list of parrots they offer for adoption.
Parrot adoption organizations are usually not for profit. Parrot adoption centers are usually formed out of the need of a certain geographic area that may have a high number of mistreated parrots, or parrots whose owners simply can’t care for them any more. Thus making parrot adoption centers not only crucial in the general well being of parrots but also helps keep down the number of that are released into the wild.
Helpful Parrot Adoption Organizations
Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization in Northern California. We take in birds that need a safe place to live, rehabilitate them if necessary, and find them good homes. We also try to educate people how to live with companion birds and inform them of the level of care necessary to provide the birds a safe, healthy, permanent home.
Feathered Friends Forever Rescue/Refuge, located in Southeast Atlanta Georgia, is a nonprofit avian rescue/refuge that offers a adoptions and other valuable avian adoption resources. They were established in 1998 and are known as one of the best places to find parrots for adoption.
Parrot Education and Adoption Center (PEAC) is an adoption center ran out of San Diego, CA in the United States but also has chapters in Chicago, IL, Anchorage, AK, Cleveland, OH, and Pittsburgh, PA. They are not for profit and will accept unwanted or found parrots where they will care for them until a qualified applicant is found.
Parrot Chronicles is an online magazine for parrot lovers. It offers a wide range of information from species information to pet owner stories to medical answers for parrots and include a list of adoption centers sorted by countries and states. The are known as being the premier magazine for for everything parrots.
There is of course a lot more Parrot adoption and rescue centers out there, all striving for one goal, the safety and well being of all parrots alike.
Parrot Cages: Selecting the Proper Home for Your Parrot
So you just got a family pet parrot and you are uncertain what type of enclosure it may like the most. Presently, there a wide range of factors to consider when scouting for the parrot enclosure which experts state best suits your new pet. The essential issue to be aware of when selecting a hutch is undoubtedly basic safety. The following identifies the right way to assure that your chosen parrot enclosure produces the secure and satisfying atmosphere required for your fine, feathered, family friend.
First and foremost, too large is better than too small. Parrot domiciles which are overly small could result in severe injury or perhaps even disease. You should be sure to study exactly what the minimum hutch dimension is for your actual parrot. Next, take into consideration how the vertical cage bars are spaced; they should be close enough to make certain your favorite bird is unable to get its head caught up in between the bars. You should be positive they’re not too tight that the bird’s sight lines outside of its environment is obstructed. Parrots are extremely sociable critters and really need to feel that they are part of the family unit in order for them to remain social and not become withdrawn. This will help keep them healthy as well. Further, you’ll need to take into account bar width. Be certain to obtain bird domiciles featuring thick enough bars so as to support your pet’s weight. Should you keep a sizable or husky parrot, it may accidentally bend or twist lightweight bars. Last but not least, obtain a bird enclosure having food gates to ensure the security of your parrot along with yourself when refilling food and water.
New versus Used Parrot Cages
Obtaining used bird cages can be quite a bit easier as it relates to your price range; nevertheless, it isn’t suggested. The reason behind this is simply because the used hutch could have boarded a sick bird and not have been properly sterilized before it was passed on to you; and even if it was cleaned you will never know if it was done properly. There is only one exemption to this guideline, generally if when acquiring the parrot you also received the same cage in which the bird was housed, it is not essential to go and buy a new one.
Remember, a parrot’s natural habitat is set in a rain forest. This should be considered when positioning your animal’s cage within your home. A spot in a warm area free from cold drafts will suffice. Moreover, another criterion to consider when selecting a spot for your pet’s home is their instinctive sociability and desire to be a part of the group. The chosen site should be in close proximity to where the family spends time together and one that promotes social interaction.
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Last Updated (Thursday, 06 January 2011 21:06)
Questions to Ask Parrot Breeders…
If you are thinking of buying a parrot, you need to decide where to buy him from. You have basically got three options – parrot breeders, pet stores, and parrot rescue centres. My preference is to buy from a breeder. My reasoning is simple:
- They aren’t a ‘jack of all trades’ like the average pet store owner, so they should be very knowledgeable about parrots.
- I always prefer to buy a young bird, rather than an older bird. This is because you don’t know the history of an older bird, and if it has had a very traumatic past, it might never get over it.
In my opinion, buying from a breeder with a solid reputation provides the best possibility of getting a well-balanced parrot. However, some parrot breeders are only in it for the money, so you need to know how to separate these cowboys out from ‘proper’ breeders, who live and breathe parrots. This article will help you to do just that.
The early part of a parrot’s life has a major impact on his personality when he is a mature bird, so it is vitally important that he is treated right from the very beginning. This responsibility normally rests with the parrot breeder, because he will be caring for your bird during this stage of its development. Therefore, it is vital that you understand how to select a parrot breeder who properly cares for young parrots.
It is very important to know what a breeder has fed his young parrots. This is because the correct parrot diet is vital in raising a healthy, well-balanced bird. You need to be certain he has fed his young parrots safe, nutritious food, and that they are fully weaned before being sold. Never buy a young parrot that isn’t eating ‘proper’ parrot food, such as seeds, vegetables and fruit.
The breeder should have trained a young parrot to fly before selling it. He needs to ensure that it can fly properly, and land safely, avoiding obstacles such as furniture and light fittings.
You also want your new parrot to have been properly socialised before you bring him home, so you must ask the breeder what he has done to make sure this is the case. Good questions to ask are:
- How much interaction with people has the bird had?
- How often have you let the bird out of his cage?
- Has the bird been handled a lot?
- How often has the bird been groomed and bathed/sprayed?
The only way to pick a reputable breeder is to visit him, view his aviaries, and ask lots of questions like the ones above. It may seem a bit of a pain visiting a breeder, when you could simply order a parrot by phone or via the internet, but it is definitely worth the trouble. You will have your pet parrot for many years, so you want to do your utmost to make sure you buy a healthy, well-balanced bird. Never buy a parrot from a breeder who is reluctant to answer your questions, or who won’t let you have a look around their aviaries. Reputable parrot breeders love to talk about parrots, because they are proud of their parrot knowledge, and they are always happy to show off their aviaries!
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Buying Parrot Insurance
The pets are like a part of the family. The owner is therefore responsible for the healthy and safe life of the pet. In the case of pet birds, the parrot is one of the most commonly found pet. All pet owners would like to take the best medical care of their pets when they fall ill, but the rising costs of medicines and medical infrastructure may act as a deterrent. This is where Parrot Insurance comes in. Before you buy Parrot insurance, you should consider these aspects:
This may be the most important aspect that you should look into before buying Parrot Insurance. The premium charges are something that you will be paying at predetermined time-frames, like monthly, biannually or annually and would definitely be a considerable amount at the end of the day. Therefore, you should check whether you would be able to afford the premium charges for the pet insurance. Some insurance plans may also offer special discounts and offers in the case of bulk payments of premiums, etc. make sure that ask your insurance advisor about any of these.
Features and Coverage:
You should also look into the coverage that is offered by the Insurance Company as regards the parrot insurance plan that you are opting in for. It would be a good idea to find out what kinds of medical situations are covered by the Insurance Company and the extent of the coverage. The most important aspect that you should consider while looking at the features and coverage is the coverage that is offered in the case of emergency medical help required by the pet.
Many parrot insurance plans offer coverage for almost all the parrot’s medical needs, right from medical checkups to surgeries. Also, the parrot policy should cover basic medical needs like x-rays, accidents, illness, prescriptions, and hospital stays.
Some pet insurance companies restrict their users to some vets, which means you are not liable to claim the insurance company if you take your pet parrot to any other vet or animal hospital. Therefore, you should find out whether you are restricted to any vet, and if you are, which ones. This may play an important aspect in your decision to select parrot insurance, because even if the insurance plan is good enough, it would not make sense for you if the vets that you are allowed to take your pet parrot to are far away from your place of residence or work.
These are some of the aspects that you should keep in mind while deciding on a Parrot Insurance. The best way to find out information about exotic bird Insurance and the companies that deal with it is the Internet. Most major insurance companies have their website, which provides you all the information and details that you would be looking for.
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