A lot of people have been entertaining the thought of having a parrot in the house. Parrots are one of the most intelligent among the feathered kingdom and as such, can be one of the most fun companions to have around the house. Their intelligence and ability to mimic words and phrases (although not really knowing what they mean) make them charming and adorable pets.

Learn as Much as You Can :

Most folks do not know the first thing about taking care of birds however and either back out because they get intimidated or worse, lose their newly-bought pet due to improper care. If you've been seriously considering buying one, the first thing you should do before going to the pet shop and bringing Polly home is learn how to take care for your parrot. Parrot care is relatively more complicated and it's a good idea to cover all the bases lest you lose your new companion because of stress or improper care.

Find a Good Home:

Choosing a cage that's just the right size is your first step. This can save your new pet from unnecessary stress. A cage that is too large for a baby parrot can cause him to fall and injure himself. Think of the cage as your parrot's sanctuary- it should make him feel safe and secure from the outside world and should not be a source of insecurity or injury. If a parrot is not happy in his 'bedroom' it may cause him to develop behavioral problems in the future.

Stress Free Living:

Proper parrot care involves reducing as much stress for your pet as possible. This means making it easy for him to adjust to his new family quickly. Taking him home from the pet shop early in the day rather than in the evening means more exposure to members of the household and a shorter period of adjustment. It's also a good idea to place the cage (with food, water and toys) in a corner of the living room where he has a good view of everyone.

Feeding Your Parrot:

If the food that your new friend was eating in his old home is less healthy than what you plan to feed him, avoid switching to his new diet immediately. Feeding him what he was accustomed to his first few weeks will make the change of surroundings less drastic and gradually making the change is the best way to go about things.

Source by Ben Greene

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