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Caring for a Parrot

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If well cared for your parrot can be a very long term pet and companion. This is a guide about caring for a parrot.


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June 11, 2011

In spite of the rumor that you "should" feed your parrot grit, do not do so. They do not need this, and grit can cause crop impaction, so he'll be unable to digest his food properly. Excess grit in the gut can lead to death.

Never feed peanuts to your pet bird. Peanuts contain aflatoxins that are harmful to birds, and fungus can grow inside the shell, that can make your bird ill if he is exposed to it. This includes peanut butter. (The Umbrella Cockatoo in the photo is eating an almond.)

Here's a list of other things not to feed birds:

Source: Parrots For Dummies and other sources.

By one.of.a.kind from AL

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June 6, 20050 found this helpful

Here are my tips for raising large parrots. Enjoy and happy 'parrot'ing.

By Dyanna

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July 19, 2010

I noticed that Perry, my budgie or parakeet, is very unsociable and likes to be left alone, so I have to find ways to interact with him that don't make him startle. I don't know why, but his little face reminds me of a monkey's face, all budgies look like little monkey faces to me - so adorable!

I decided to make him a video, the kind they use to teach kids to be potty trained and such. I took out my digital camera and made a video of him while I was talking to him. At the same time, some parakeets talking and whistling were in the background and I would copy that behavior on the video. There were parakeets whistling, then I would whistle or talk.


He seemed to like to watch the video and I have found he likes to watch the monitor when I am on the laptop. I had to recently move his cage due to the heat and I can tell he enjoys the sound of the keys clicking as I type. He is so adorable, even if he is the wildest and most ungrateful to have his claws trimmed bird I have ever seen. He is still a joy.

I am going to make a morning video, afternoon video, and evening video and play them for ten days to see if he likes this or not. Then I will do the non excitability training of putting my finger pointing at him and going towards him until he ruffles or moves in the slightest and then I will slowly take my pointing finger away from him and quietly walk away. This is training I do every so often so he will not die of a heart attack every time I try to refill or blow out his seed since Parakeets cannot dig under seeds to get at the new food under the old hulls of seeds.

If you don't have a digital camera, you can take a video on Facebook from your page that comes up when you click your name. Click on the video button and select "Take A Video" with the Webcam. You will have a bird video, tailor made to your bird. I think he is going to like this!

Besides the heat, one of the reasons I have moved the cage is so he will be forced to spend time with me and have things to look at. I am also considering getting a friend for him but am not sure if he will approve of it or not.

Birds are such a joy though!

By Robyn from Hampton, TN

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September 8, 20130 found this helpful

I have a white parrot and would like to know from experienced people what is the best food to feed them, something they will like. Sorry I am new to this.


By Majid from Dubai


March 27, 20140 found this helpful

Harrissons pellets and TOPs pellets are the best and most nutricous.
they can be gotten at

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