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So You Want a Pet Parrot?

Today we know about 600 species of parrots, mostly inhabited by forests of warmer regions. They are distinguished by size (large, medium and small), feather color, voice, diet, etc. In nature, they live in flocks, sleep in tree canopies, tree holes, rock holes, etc., where they prefer to make nests. The same pair of parrots have lived in the community all their lives and are the best example of faithfulness, tenderness and love in nature.

Larger species of parrots hatch 2-4 once a year, and less than three times 4-8 eggs a year. Both male and female lie on them. The young ones are performed for the larger ones for 19-25 and for the smaller ones for 16-18 days.

In the wild, they feed on seeds, fruits, tree buds, and various greenery, so they are considered harmful birds in nature. In some parts of the world, they are hunting nets and weapons en masse.

Keeping parrots in homes has been known since ancient times. It is believed that Alexander the Great, when they conquered Asia, transferred them to Greece. The rich Romans held them for a long time, taught them to imitate human speech and were highly regarded. Believe it or not, our dear readers, it is noted that at that time the value of parrots exceeded that of commodities.

Cages

Parrots are very easily accustomed to the cage and humans, feed on a variety of foods and can reach a deep age (some species even over 100 years). Normally, the size of the bird will determine the size of the cage, so keep in mind that when the wings spread, the parrot and other birds should not touch the sides of the cage, allow them to stand upright and have at least two shortcuts so they can jump and play.

Given that they have a strong, sturdy beak, it is important that the cage is not made of wood, as it will literally eat it. He has to get food every day, as well as fresh water. She needs bone cuttlefish, both because of her beak and minerals. There are various food and water supplements available in specialized stores today, but we will talk about it another time.

Unfortunately unlike birdhouses, bird cages have yet to find aesthetics. So while it might be tempting to get a nice looking modern birdhouse for your parrot, these of course are too small. So for now we’re stuck with the mundane. But remember, it’s the pet which is important, not its housing.

Supplies

If you have decided to get a parrot today, which is our case, most commonly the Australian parrot (tiger) or the increasingly popular, slightly larger, standard, you need a suitable wire cage (not rusty) that should include:

• food bowl water bowl
• 2-3 sticks for flying and standing
• cuttlefish bone
• crosses for swinging
• bowl for various nutritional supplements
• bath tub

Such a cage fully meets the needs of a small parrot and with your love it will make you feel happy and comfortable, and that will prove to you soon.

Cautions

Parrots do not like drafts, and constant exposure to the sun’s rays, when you let it fly, pull the curtains against the window until it gets used to a new space, turn off the gas or electric cooker, and if your water boils, cover it. Joke, you already know all that. Good luck!

Parrot Mating

Parrot mating alone is not too complicated if you follow certain rules and regulations. Of course you need two male and female birds first. Do not laugh at this statement, because people and cages often know that they have parrots of the same sex without being aware of it at all. Another very important thing is that both birds are mature enough, that is. that they have reached sexual maturity. In principle, tigresses reach sexual maturity between 9 and 12 months of age, but we would like to emphasize here that though these birds are too young, this age corresponds to the teenage years in humans by their psychic age, and you will agree that a little too young. Because they are still immature they will not sit well on the eggs and will most likely not feed the young properly. Also a premature litter can be fatal to the health of the parrot itself.

Many parrots, especially larger species, grow even after 18 months and it is very important that they grow up fully to have their first litter.

I guess you are aware that it pays to reproduce only top quality specimens that have customers, as there are many unwanted birds that cannot find foster parents, so think about it. It is a good idea to look at a bird show before mating and evaluate the quality of your bird there, share experiences with other breeders, and maybe if you do not have a suitable parrot, get a male or female.

Nest

When approaching litter planning, it is important to emphasize that you will need to provide your parrots with a spacious nesting box that you can buy in pet shops, or if you are skilled enough to make it yourself out of thin wood, always keep in mind that the lodge is large enough and for the parrot and its young. Provide a little dry grass or similar parrot so that it can bend its nest from that and its feathers. It is important to emphasize that the whole cage must be quietly protected from noise and drafts.

The prevailing opinion is that parrots can be cured all year long if given the right conditions, so if they have about 12 hours a day of natural or artificial enough food and water, these conditions are sufficient for year-round mating.

Egg Laying

After mating within a week to three (depending on the species), egg laying begins. Usually this is between 4-6 eggs. If you want to make sure that the bird has laid an egg, do so gently, preferably when it is not sitting on the egg, when it comes out slightly, lift the cover slightly and close it quickly. If you already have experience in this business, you can gently mark the eggs with a non-toxic felt-tip pen so that it may be easier to track the birds later when they hatch. During this period, it would be good to boost the female diet slightly with preparations with more calcium and more vitamins E and A.

Seven to ten days after the egg is laid, the outline of a young bird begins to be seen in bright eggs. Usually, after 19-21 days, the first young hatch.

During this period, it is very important to provide parents with plenty of soft food to feed their little birds more easily. Consider this startup age and the right time for ringing birds, so if you plan to tackle this more seriously now is the right time.

Feeding

After 6-8 weeks you can go back to your usual hard food because at this age there is no danger to the young. It would be fine to sift so much fresh fruit and vegetables in the cage for young birds to get all the vitamins and minerals they need, it only matters emphasize here that all vegetables must be dry and not freshly washed as there is a risk of diarrhea.