Parrot care

Parrot's require special care and attention, and so long as you look after them well, they will be a great companion to have. 

Handling

With patience, you can earn your parrots trust and build a good relationship where he'll be more than happy to be handled. If he's a young parrot, give him time to settle into his new home first, before trying to approach him and touch him. After a few days, he should have adjusted to his new surroundings and this would be a good time to slowly introduce yourself to him. Remember, we are much bigger than him, and a big hand reaching towards him can be quite scary, so don't be surprised if at first he tries to nip you. 

It may take several weeks, but gradually you should go from small strokes, to being able to pick him up or have him come to you and happily step onto your hand – feeding him by hand can be a good way of getting him to come towards you. You'll soon start to see that parrots are loveable birds and can be very affectionate and bring a lot of joy to your home. 

Do parrots bite?

If your parrot feels threatened, the only way he can tell you is by biting. This is more likely to happen when you have first brought your parrot home and if he's feeling a little insecure. You will soon learn to read your parrot's body language, and know when to keep your hands away to prevent any painful nips. Generally though, once your parrot has learnt to trust you and knows that you aren't going to cause any harm, he shouldn't bite at all. Just be aware that anyone your parrot doesn't know might be at risk, and should therefore be careful around him until he's comfortable around them, too. 

One thing to note is that a parrot may become a little more grumpy the older it gets, so they could become a little temperamental.

Cleaning

You will need to clean up any left over food and droppings which may have fallen to the bottom of the cage each day, and replace any materials at the bottom of the cage that soak up any spillages. Also clean any perches that may also have any dirt on them, and give the toys, food and water bowls a quick clean too which will remove any germs that could build up over time. If you do this everyday, then you will only need to do a thorough clean of the whole cage about once a month. Your parrot will also like to keep himself clean, so providing him with a water bath or spraying him with tepid water each day will help. 

Will my parrot fly away?

If you are keeping your parrot indoors, then providing you are careful and make sure that all windows and doors are closed whilst the parrot is out of its cage, he should not be able to fly away. It's important for them to be able to spread their wings and get some much needed exercise, so letting them out of their cage each day is a must. Just make sure that you have the room prepared before you let them out, and you shouldn't then have to worry about your parrot escaping. If you parrot is being kept outside in an aviary, there should be plenty of space for him to fly around anyway, and not much need for him to come out. Some people clip their wings which stops them being able to fly away, however you shouldn't need to do this if you look after your parrot properly and check that everything is safe before they leave their cage. 

Can two parrots live together?

Parrots can live both on their own and with other parrots. If you are looking to have just one parrot on its own, then you need to be sure that you have plenty of time on your hands to entertain and look after him. He'll need lots of attention from you, and will look to you as a member of his flock, and will therefore sometimes be quite demanding. If you don't have so much time to care for a parrot, then maybe a pair would be more suitable, as they will have each other to occupy themselves when you are not around. You must still spend time with your parrots though, whether they are in a pair or not they still need to be loved and looked after.

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