Bringing home your Pet Parrot
Congratulations on your new pet.
Parrots are very social, and comical, and make great companions. Most parrots are sexually demorphobic so we do not know what sex your bird is. If it is important for you to know the sex of your bird you can have your bird DNA sexed by sending a feather or blood sample to Avian Biotech.


Cages, Perches, and Toys
You will need a good cage for your new bird. You should buy the biggest cage that you can afford. The cage should be placed in a busy room, where there is lots of family activity. Parrots live in large flocks in nature – your family will now be its flock. The cage should not be put in direct sunlight, or near drafts. I suggest using black and white newspaper (not colored print, or advertisements) for cage lining. Do not use corn cob litter as it can be eaten by the bird and cannot be digested. The paper should be changed daily. The cage should be equipped with perches and toys. But not too many that your bird will not be able to stretch its wings, and move around freely. The perches should be of varying widths so that your parrot’s feet will be exercised by holding onto the various sizes. You should not use the sandpaper perch covers to dull the birds’ toenails, as they are uncomfortable for your bird. We recommend a cement perch to dull your birds’ toenails. They work great. I suggest putting the cement perch high in the cage as a parrot will usually perch on the highest perch to roost for the night. Having these perches placed high in the cage will insure that the nails will be dulled on a regular basis. There are many toys sold in the pet stores. Make sure you get sturdy toys, without small or removeable parts. My birds love to play with leather strips, (make sure the leather is vegetable tanned). Be creative and look around the house – you could make your own toys. Just make sure they are safe. Your bird will enjoy time out of its cage. You may want to consider a play pen for your parrot while he is out of his cage. They are easy to create from different sized dowels arranged in ladders, swings, and t-stands. Make sure you supervise your bird very carefully when he is out of the cage. Parrots are often very sneaky, and would love to chew on a yummy electrical cord, or they could fly into the pot of soup you are cooking! I have heard of many drownings in toilet bowls also...so please be careful when your bird is out of its cage.


Your Birds Diet
Your new Parrot has been fed a diet of Zupreem natural colored Pellets in the Cockatiel size, a seed mix, sprouted seeds and beans, and fresh and frozen vegetables (not canned—they are too processed and have too much salt and sugars). They are also fed dark greens such as turnip greens or kale. The best vegetables to feed your parrots are the dark green and orange vegetables, as they have the most valuable vitamins. We sprout a mix of dry beans and seeds similar to what can be purchased from China Prairie. Apples, Pears, Grapes, and Berries are loved by parrots also. Be aware that some fruit seeds are poisonous. A parrot should be given a varied diet including all these foods, and any other nutritious food you may be eating. Of course your parrot should also have fresh water available at all times. Your bird can also be given a cuttlebone, or a mineral block if you wish, but is not necessary. Fresh foods should be removed before they have a chance to spoil. Parrots often enjoy dipping their food in their water, so the water should be checked often through the day, as soiled water can grow bacteria and can make your bird sick.


Dangers in the Home
Your bird should never be allowed to eat Chocolate, caffeine, or avocado. These foods are poisonous to your bird! They should also not be fed foods high in salt or sugar. Your parrot should also never be exposed to cigarette smoke, room deodorizers, scented candles, or harsh chemicals. You should be very cautious if you use Teflon coated cookware, as they release a gas that is poison to your bird. There are also other places that Teflon coating is used, such as toasters, irons, stove top drip pans, self cleaning ovens, space heaters, and who knows where else!


Veterinary Care
I suggest you take your bird to an Avian Vet for a well bird check up. The vet will examine your bird and do some tests to determine if your bird has a normal bacterial count. Regular visits will ensure that your parrot is in good health. Illness in birds can be difficult to spot until it is too late. Signs of illness include mucous in the nostrils, watery eyes, fluffed feathers, changes in the color, or consistency of stools, loss of appetite, any signs of blood, or any signs that your bird is acting out of the ordinary. You should call your vet for advice immediately, if you notice any of these signs!


Grooming
Parrots often will need their toe nails clipped occassionally. If you do not feel comfortable doing this yourself, a vet can do this for you for a small charge. Most parrots do not need a beak trim unless for some reason your parrots beak has an injury or malformation. If your parrot is given lots of wood to chew on he will keep his beak groomed himself. Your parrot does not really need to be bathed, he will take baths in his water bowl when needed. Some birds will bathe daily, some will only do it occassionally. You can also mist your bird with a water bottle. Especially when he is molting. Do not add anything to the water you use to mist with, and make sure you use a new sprayer that has never had chemicals in it.


The First Few Days with your Parrot
Your new bird may be nervous in its new cage, and new home. It will miss it’s clutch mates, and of course he will miss me also! Make sure you give your new bird some quiet time, and allow him plenty of rest time. He will be comfortable in his new home in a few days. If there are children in your home, try to explain to them that their quick movements are scary to the parrot, and that they should try to move slowly and talk gently around the bird.


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