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.
About the Author: Michael Joseph is a parrot enthusiast. He enjoys sharing Parrot care tips. Check out his videos at: [http://www.youtube.com/theparrotprofessor]. Michael Joseph is the author of the Learn About Parrots system consisting of 2 eBooks: Raising Polly-Everything you need to know about raising a healthy, happy and well adjusted Parrot and Training Your Parrot-12 simple tricks your parrot can learn. For more information about Parrot Care and to get your FREE 10-part mini ecourse on how to care for your parrot, please visit
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