Taking care of a baby parrot is just like taking care of a young child. There are several do's and don'ts that you have to put in mind. But because of your hobby, anything can be learned. Buying a baby parrot from a pet shop requires you to also buy a carrier. You cannot hold the bird while you are in the car driving. Or you cannot let the bird loose inside because it may cause an accident. There are carriers intended for parrots and also carriers for any kind of bird. Acrylic carriers are one of the better possible options.
Parrots carry with them a vet certificate of health. This means that your bird was properly purchased with all necessary papers. You may also want to ask the breeder for some written instructions as to how to feed your parrot and what type of food he needs. Your parrot must carry a band on one of its feet to be sure that you know something about its history. An avian vet in your area must be located ahead of time. Just like a baby pediatrician, the baby parrot also needs an avian vet for regular check ups.
If you have to feed an unweaned baby parrot, your pet shop must show you how to do it and what bird formula will be used. It can be difficult to take good care of a baby parrot which is not weaned. If you have purchased a weaned parrot, remember to ask the breeder what the bird was eating prior to the sale. You may buy that type of feeds so that the bird will not feel the change of environment.
A talking African grey is considered a good friend. Therefore, you have to take care of your best friend by using some of the helpful tips below:
- Keep its water clean and food fresh. Do not give your pet the leftover food from the previous day, nor allow it to drink the water that has been left in the bowl.
- Clean the bird's cage everyday. Discard any liners and toys that are destroyed to give the cage a fresh look. If the pet bird is messy, change the liner two to three times a week.
- When you return the bird's toys, put them in different places and mix them up. Parrots will be curious and since they are very intelligent, they should be trained to keep their mind active.
- Teach your pet to talk. Parrots are good at mimicking sounds that it hears. This assures the owner that educating it is possible. You only have to spend ten to fifteen minutes a day during playtime.
- Teach your bird useful communication. Birds also understand what they are saying, especially parrots. They do not just imitate.
- Do not give your pet food supplements and vitamins unless suggested by a vet.
- Feed your bird a varied diet.
- Have a vet cut your pet bird's beak and claws.
- Bring your pet to the vet for regular checkups.
Taking care of a pet parrot is like taking care of a baby. If you are not a pet lover, you should not get a pet. Taking care of a pet bird is similar to taking care of a baby human being.