Providing you look after your parrot properly, he should live a healthy and happy life. Below is small summary of the things you'll need to do:
- Give your parrot the correct size of cage — the larger, the better. Include plenty of perches for him to stand on.
- Keep your parrot's cage clean and dry — any damp areas are breeding grounds for bacteria.
- Replenish and clean all food and water bowls.
- Provide your parrot with a variety of toys — switch these around from day to day, and check for any potential hazards.
- Handle your parrot every day — a good relationship between you and your parrot is important.
- A varied diet — feed your parrot fresh fruit and vegetables as well as his seeds, and place in different areas of his cage to make it exciting for him to eat.
- Put his cage in a good location — somewhere that isn't too cold or exposed to drafts, and with lots of human interaction.
- Choose a room that he's safe to fly around in — your parrot will need to be let out of his cage everyday for some much-needed exercise.
- Talk to your parrot. Whenever you are in the room with him it's important you interact with him so he doesn't feel lonely and bored.
- Commit some time each day to look after your parrot, this can be divided between feeding times, handling and time spent out of his cage.
- Check his claw, beak and feather conditions daily — these are a good indicator of his current health. Poor beak and feather condition is a sign of bad health. Keep the claws trimmed.
- Always consult a vet if you notice anything different about your parrot's behaviour or health than usual.
- Keep your parrot away from any fumes, such as cigarette smoke, aerosols (deodorant, hairspray, air freshener etc), open fires, candles and chemical cleaning products.
- When you clean your parrots cage, keep him away from any harmful cleaning chemicals and do not return to him to his cage until all fumes from the chemicals have gone.
Important information for all parrot owners:
Most birds, especially parrots, are likely to be affected by environmental zinc. Zinc is used to coat iron or steel in a process which is called galvanisation — to prevent rust. It has become a popular finish on steel cages. Too much zinc for a parrot can cause problems for the liver, kidneys and pancreas, which can also lead to death. As parrots tend to chew most things, it is a big risk to them if they are housed in a galvanised aviary or cage. So it is important for you, as a parrot owner, to learn about this poisoning metal and safeguarding your parrot.
If you do notice a change in demeanour with your parrot, such as watery eyes, problems with his feet, poor feather condition, loss of appetite, or a change in breathing patterns, this could mean that there is something wrong with him. Normally by the time a problem is spotted it can be quite well developed and will need treating urgently. Consult your vet and get him seen to as soon as you can.
Always try to research as much as you can into the species of parrot that you would like as your pet. This way, you will have the best knowledge of what to feed him, how much attention he needs, what size cage, if he's easy to handle, and common problems or personality traits he may have that you will need to be comfortable in dealing with.