Parrots are one of the most colorful members of the entire bird kingdom. Some can be cute and cuddly while others command awe due to their majesty and elegance. However, one can only expect to have a good parrot companion if efforts are exerted to understand their needs and behavior.
Parrots as Pets
|The costs of parrots widely differ according to species. The same goes with the required cage and other equipments as well as ongoing costs including food, toys and veterinary care. Generally, the larger and more exotic the bird, the costlier it is and its maintenance.|
Most species of parrots require a complete diet composed of pre-formulated diets such as pellets plus a variety of fresh foods such as greens, sprouted seeds, grains, fruits and seeds. Some may require very specialized diets while others would have less complicated dietary needs. The larger parrots benefit most from different kinds of food and require fewer seed servings.
Parrots can be very messy especially when eating and this mess do not always remain contained in the cage. Feather dust is also usually produced by some species. Whenever the parrot is allowed to get out of the cage and allowed to move freely inside the house, owners should thoroughly bird-proof the house as parrots are very fond of chewing things like furniture. Bird-proofing not only serves to protect belongings from destruction but also prevents injury or harm to the bird.
The allotted space for cages would of course depend on its size. The larger a cage is, the better it is for the birds to get the exercise they need. Parrots require time outside the cage for extra exercise. A place especially provided for the parrot outside the cage such as a play gym or stand will provide the bird something to look forward to.
Parrots screech and there is no avoiding it. Some which are able to talk will do so for hours. Apartment or townhouse living may not be very suitable for larger parrots since neighbors would always find the noise level something to complain about. Owners themselves may not be prepared for parrot behavior that would make peace and quiet such an elusive dream.
An owner’s commitment should never be wanting for pet parrots. These are birds that need attention and time with their owners. Highly intelligent as they are, parrots need various stimuli to avoid boredom and emotional upsets. Parrots who find themselves in unsuitable situations can be very destructive to others as well as to themselves.
Early socialization is very significant to the personality development of parrots. Generalizations do not always apply to parrot species as their characters are products of a number of combined factors. It is important to gain the trust of the parrot for it to turn to something humans would like to see in companion parrots.
Parrots have the capability of learning throughout their lives. The most entrenched behavior can be worked with and changed for the better. Taking in a parrot has been described by many as similar to having a new child.
Contrary to common belief, parrots are not easy-to-care pets. Parrots have one of the most complex behavioral needs. It would take perseverance and a genuine love for parrots to make them happy pets.
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|Julia Duncan (9/15/2008)|
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