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How to Buy a Parrot?

How to Buy a Parrot

If you are considering purchasing or adopting a parrot, a lot of thought needs to go into your decision. As a bird lover, you need to realize that a new parrot is much different than having a pet parakeet, canary or other small bird that spends most of its day in its small size cage. Check on the internet and do your homework in order to find out all there is to know about parrots.

 

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Macaw Parrot
Buying a parrot is a lifetime commitment. Many species live anywhere from 40 to 60 years or more in captivity because of proper care and nutrition. There are many species of parrots so you must decide on just how much time and effort you want to put into your new pet’s care. A small Parrotlet that averages around six inches in size will take a lot less care, room and financial burden than the Hyacinth McCaw parrot that is the largest of the species at about three feet in size.

Investigate all the species of parrots for not only size but personality and necessary care. Many species are very noisy and vocal. Most parrots require a lot of your time and

attention. The purchase of a parrot should never been an impulse decision. Their needs and requirements are more than that of a dog or cat. Most parrots need constant human interaction, demanding your undivided attention. They can be quite messy when they eat and need to be cleaned up after daily, sometimes more than once a day. You may also find yourself constantly preparing special foods they require a complex diet of fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Some of the essentials you will need to get for your parrot begins with a cage. Decide on how much space you have in your home to place the cage. The larger the bird, the larger the cage, which should help you in deciding on the maximum size bird you want to buy. If you love the larger size parrots, you will almost need to have a room or portion of a room to commit to that new needy pet. When you choose the appropriate size cage for the species of parrot that you purchased, be sure the cage bottom has a grate with a slide out pan to make your frequent cleaning job a little easier for you.

For the cage you will need some sturdy rough-surface perches in multiple sizes, strong steel food and water dishes, a parrot swing, cuttlebone, climbing rope and other types of parrot chew toys. Aside from the cage and its requirements, a parrot also requires a space outside of the cage known as its playpen. In this area you will need to provide a parrot tower and more toys. Parrots do not like spending all their time in the cage and need to have a designated area to play when the cage is open.

Because a parrot is a huge decision, investigate several different breeders so you are assured a healthy new pet. After putting in so much time, effort, commitment and financial burden of owning a parrot, you want to be sure the breeder is one that can give you a health guarantee. You also want to know that this bird has been handfed and handled from the moment it came into this world. You want to bring home a very young bird and handle it often so that it is tame and easily trained as to what is expected of it. They are very intelligent and easily trained, especially at a very young age.

Just be sure you put a lot of thought and research into the required care of parrots according to each individual species. The more you know prior to a purchase, the better equipped you will be to take on this long commitment. Most parrots need experienced owners in order to meet their needs and care. 


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