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    Taking Care of a Baby Parrot

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Baby parrots need a special amount of care and attention. The right parrot care as early on in life as possible can ensure a healthy start for the baby parrot, and could even set him up for a good adult life. The following is a guide to the first days of parrot care needed. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Make sure you have a pet carrier and good lining for when the baby parrot needs the toilet. Never try to take baby parrots home without a carrier. A free bird in a car can lead to all sorts of problems and could be dangerous.

    The baby parrot should be banded properly. All birds need one leg to have a band that details their history. If buying from a pet shop or good breeder, you should ask for a guarantee. Make sure you know where your local vet is too, just in case of an emergency.

    Hand feeding baby parrots takes time and some skill that can be built up. If you do not have the correct knowledge, you could end up harming the baby parrot by accident when hand feeding. If the bird you take home needs hand feeding, ensure you have learned from the breeder or pet shop how exactly to do this.

    If the bird has been weaned before you own him, check what the parrot’s food consisted of before you took parrot care over. Try to keep the food the same as before and you can change this gradually by adding increasing amounts of new feed to the old one until it is fully replaced. Sudden change of food is not good for birds.

    Many parrots prefer just to eat seeds and some do not like pellets. You could supplement the seed diet with fresh fruit and veg.

    Fruit and Vegetables you can feed include:
    •    Broccoli
    •    Kale
    •    Carrots
    •    Corn
    •    Berries
    •    Pineapple
    •    Citrus fruits
    •    Mango
    •    Banana

    Before you bring the baby bird home, you should have set up the cage in its place already. For the first few days a bird should become accustomed to his new home without the interruption of visitors. It is always a good idea to wait for friends to see the bird. Good parrot care mean protecting the bird too.

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