Think of your parrot’s cage in the same way you would a wild parrot’s roosting area such as a hollowed out tree trunk, and The Bird Play Stand as the limbs of a nearby tree.
In the wild, parrots are naturally inclined to leave the roosting area on a daily basis, and return before sunset to the safety of the roost.
They do this for several reasons:
1. They need to leave the roost to forage for food and explore.
2. They leave in order to not attact attention from predators to the roost..
3. Parrots are social creatures and like to flock with other birds.
In your home, you can take advantage of the natural instincts of your feathered friend(S) by using a Play Stand, like it is the branches of the nearby tree, and the Cage as the safe roosting area.
By using the cage at night for sleeping and security,and then the play stand for socializing with family members and playtime, you are at least simulating a parrot’s daily life in the wild.
1. Feed the staple diet, (hopefully a nutritionaly balanced pelleted bird food), along with fresh water while your bird is in the cage, and utilize the cage as a secure place for your bird to sleep in darkness for at least 8 hour to 10 hours per day.
The cage also should be used as a safe haven and play area complete with stimulating toys when no family member is home to take your bird out for supervisedf play and socializing.
2. Use the Bird Stand, as a play area with lots of stimulating toys with human supervision. Feed treats such as vegetables, nuts and fruits at the play stand where your bird is easier to train and socialize. ( Cleanup of messy treats that can get tossed about is easier to clean up when you place the play stand in such a place as a kitchen while you work).
Never leave your parrot totally unattended while outside the cage, make the stand the place to play, enjoy your company, just as the tree limbs serve that purpose for wild parrots. Remember, as far as your bird is concerned, you are another member of the flock, possibly, mommy or daddy.
By taking those steps with your parrot, you will be rewarded with a happier and healthier bird.
A parrot is like a little child, his or her’s environment, including toys you choose, or don’t choose, have a big impact on both their physical and mental health.
Wild parrots engage in many different different activities, including perching in trees, chewing branches, foraging for food, preening, climbing,and flying.
Parrot Toys that help your bird simulate some of the activities they partake in the wild, along with a healthy diet, goes a long ways toward keeping your bird in optimum physical, as well as mental health.
Foraging Toys, (toys that you hide treats in), are highly recommended for any parrot because they combine the natural instinct to forage for food with a fun toy to play with. They help relieve boredom, feather plucking, and obesity, because they require your bird to work to get at their food just like they would in the wild.
Chewing Toys perform a similar function because they keep your bird busy and active, but at the same time, chewing these toys help trim their beaks.
Parrot Toys that have different shapes, sizes and textures provide variable surfaces for your parrot to swing, climb or perch while encouraging obesity preventing exercise, and at the same time these toys are an excellent way to keep their feet healthy.
Not all birds are going to be attracted to they same toys, but when you provide a wide variety of different kinds of toys for them to choose from, you will find out what their particular preference will be.
As recently as the 1970’s most pet birds were fed a Bird Food consisting of various types of seed mixes, all of them deficient in certain vitamins, minerals, and protein. As a result most captive parrots and pet birds before that time were dying prematurely of malnutrition.
In the 1960’s, Dr. T.J. Lafeber started what would became the largest pet bird hospital in the United States. Because he was seeing so many malnourished birds, at the time, he decided to develop the first nutritionally balanced Pelleted Bird Food. He began dispensing the food to bird owners to improve their birds’ health. The results were very good. The vast majority of birds did very well on the new pelleted food. He went on to establish the Lafeber Company, which to this day produces quality nutritious bird foods for all types of pet birds.
Today there are a variety of s pelleted Bird Food choices in addition to Lafeber’s , such as Harrisons, Zupreem, and Scenic. With the choices today, you can experiment with each until you find out which is your bird’s favorite.
In my case with a flock of five parrots, I use a mixture of the four varieties above, and that works well. As with anything you feed a parrot, don’t expect 100 % of the food to be consumed, most birds will first eat their favorite color or type of pellet and waste much of the rest. Pet birds are just like little kids, you can’t force them to eat everything in their bowl, but if you start with pelleted bird food as the staple diet, and only offer treats after the good stuff is at least substantially consumed, they will get a healthy diet.
If you are wondering where to place a Bird Cage in the home, there are many considerations to take into account before you do.
- Parrots and other pet birds are social creatures, and their Bird Cages should be placed where human activity takes place on a daily basis, so they will feel as “part of the flock”, but the location should also allow them uninterrupted sleep during evening hours for at least 10 hours per day.
- Just like humans, natural sunlight is beneficial for our feathered friends, and the cage should be placed where some daily sunlight can enter their cage, but they can still find shade to protect from over heating. ( If there is no way to place your bird’s cage in sunlight, taking him outside daily on a leash or with his wings clipped is a good idea).
- Kitchens can be a nice place to put a Bird Cage because it is where a lot of activity takes place, at is usually quieter later at night. A word of caution, pots and pans with non-stick coating, and their fumes when heated are harmful to birds, and should not be used with a bird nearby.
- Birds naturally consider themselves prey, and a cage that is located where other animals can get too close to them will result in a stressed bird. Placing the cage with one side to a wall will give a better sense of security from perceived treats from behind.
- Place the cage where some fresh air can enter the cage from nearby windows, but be sure that cold drafts, and sudden temperatures changes will not harm your bird.
- Cleanup duties are another matter to consider, so think about how these delightful feathered creatures can spread their debris, an easy to clean floor underneath is another consideration in placing a cage.
Everyone’s individual circumstances are different, and compromises are necessary, but never compromise when it comes to the health, and safety of your bird.
Most people who keep parrots at home are attached to their feathered friends and consider regular visits to an avian veterinarian a necessity.
In the event one of our birds suffers an injury, or seems to be ill, it may not be possible to get professional care quickly. For that reason, having some rudimentary knowledge concerning First Aid For Birds is a must for anyone with a pet bird.
Knowing what to do in the event your parrot is bleeding a lot, such as when my Blue & Gold Macaw nearly bit off a toe on my African Grey, is again a necessity. But without the First Aid Kit For Birds being on hand, stopping the bleeding before a trip to the vet would have been problematic.
Accidents happen, and we are really the first responders if our bird is attacked by an animal, is burned, bleeding, or some other unpredictable malady.
It behooves us to be diligent and consider first aid for our birds as a serious issue, and to be prepared with the necessary bird supplies on hand and to obtain the important knowledge needed to treat our avian friends in the event of an emergency.
I have lived with pet birds for over thirty years, and every parrot I have ever known enjoys playing with Stimulating Parrot Toys.
Bird Toy makers are constantly coming up with new ideas to make any given toy an exciting one to play with.
Every bird is different, but I haven’t seen a parrot yet that doesn’t like to chew, so chewable bird toys are bound to be a hit. Other features such as moving parts, shiny bells, flashy colors, and all sorts of different textures are other factors designed to peak your parrot’s interest.
Other toys designed for foraging are a great way to combine searching for food and playing with a toy. Because searching for food, (foraging), is a natural activity that birds do in the wild, any toy that allows you to hide their treats, is a great way for your bird to use his natural instincts for foraging, and have fun at the same time.
The only criteria for selecting good bird toys, should be looking for toys that are sized right to fit your bird’s size. Other than that, have a variety of toys available with a variety of features, chewable, foraging, noise makers, colorful, moving parts, and so on.
It is a good idea to rotate the toys with different ones, because eventually they will get bored with even the most stimulating of toys. Offer them new ones, and after awhile you can re-introduce the old ones. You will be surprised how quickly they take to the old toy again.
Pelleted Bird Food diets such as Harrisons or ZuPreem are formulated to provide a nutritionally balanced diet, and should be your parrot’s primary diet.
The thing is, our parrots and other pet birds are genetically inclined to “forage for food”.
In other words, they get more satisfaction eating their bounty after working hard to discover the food in the first place.
For that reason, it makes a lot of sense to present them with foraging challenges like foraging toys where they have to search for their Pelleted Bird Food.
Just to add to the foraging excitement, a little variety such as an occasional almond or walnut could be offered as a reward for good behavior.
High beta-carotene containing fruits and vegetables can also be added for a little more variety in their diet.
The following are the recommended fruit and vegetable Bird Food supplements that can be added to a pelleted diet:
Sweet potatoes Parsley Winter Squash Apricot
Carrots Spinach Endive Cantaloupe
Pumpkin Brussels sprouts Escarole Mango (no peel)
Broccoli Collar Greens Romaine Papaya
( The amount of food above should be limited to below 20 % of the total diet.)
It is also recommeded that treats such as nuts, or fruits and vegetables be given separately from the main pelleted bird food diet, and at a different time.
Whenever possible, take the time to find out what your bird likes to eat the most, and hide that item in foraging toys, or offer as a reward for good behavior.
Parrots as a general rule are social creatures, they often think of us as members of the flock, and seek out our companionship.
At the same time, they have to feel secure where they live.
A Bird Play Tent is an excellent product you can install in the cage where they can, “get away”, and hide from anything they might perceive as a threat.
Most parrots, especially Cockatoos will make good use of a tent in their cage, some will sleep there, feeling the Bird Tent gives them protection from perceived predators while they nap.
Others use it as another place to play, and for that reason, hanging bird toys in or around the tent is a dandy idea.
There are many different styles of Bird Tents, Snuggle Huts, and Perch Tents, but they all have a cloth covering for the bird to retreat to whenever they want to.
Some come with the bird toys attached, others include a perch built in, which is a practical addition that makes it easier for your bird to stand while inside.
There is no guarantee that any given parrot will make good use of a comfortable, Bird Tent to snuggle up in, some might simply ignore it, but the only way to find out is to get one, and see what happens.
Chances are your parrot will take to it like a fish does to water, and you and he will be happy that you got one.
Not everyone has the same expectations when they bring home a pet bird for the first time.
Training a parrot to talk may be a goal for some, while others are more interested in the companionship provided by the new bird, or to enjoy the sheer beauty of these wonderful creatures.
To find out what to expect from a pet parrot, a DVD by an experienced bird trainer is worth purchasing.
One such Parrot Training DVD produced by “Good Bird Inc”, is a good start for understanding parrot behavior. Barbara Heidenreich, an accomplished bird trainer explains the myths and the truths about talking parrots. She explains which parrots are more likely to talk, and she shows you the most effective ways to expose your parrot to sounds you want repeated. She teaches you what to do to stimulate your bird to respond with vocalization.
Also on this DVD is an appearance by Einstein, the Talking Texan Parrot, plus an interview with her human companions.
A Bonus CD ROM is included with this DVD., on which there are recordings of a variety of species of parrots vocalizing to inspire your bird to talk.
A Parrot Training DVD, that helps you teach your parrot to talk, is a good idea for those in the market for a talking bird.
If you are considering making a home for a parrot, but have never done so before, there are a number of things you should consider before bringing him or her home:
- Yes a cage that is big enough for the species you choose. That’s a given, be sure the cage bars are the proper size, and the cage is escape proof. ( Click here for more info on cage size)
- Determine what bird food is best for your new feathered friend. Balanced nutrition pelleted food, designed for pet birds is the best primary diet. ( If you are adopting an older bird that is already on a seed diet, you will need to learn how to convert him to a more balanced diet.)
- What other Bird Supplies do you need? Toys, toys and more toys! Most people without bird keeping experience think a parrot will entertain itself, and bird toys are an option, quite the contrary, toys to keep your parrot occupied are mandatory.
Why are bird toys an essential bird supply item?
The answer is simple. Parrots, and most pet birds are social beings, they like to feel like they are “part of the flock”. The are easily bored if left alone for long periods with nothing to do, and the best way to cure that boredom is to provide them with Stimulating Bird Toys to keep their mind and body occupied during periods that humans are absent.
A bored bird is a sad thing to see, eventually there will be behavior problems such as screaming or feather plucking if they are left without something to play with.
The best thing to do when putting together the list of Bird Supplies you will need when starting out with your new bird is to consider Toys as priority number three, right after Food, and Housing.