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Owning a Bird

OWNING A BIRD

A few pointers to keep your parrot happy:

  • Firstly, foods which are dangerous for all birds are Chocolate, avocado pears and onions. All can kill your parrot.

Feeding

  • In the mornings at 8am all our birds get Fruit and vegetables.  You can buy mixed vegetables and take them out in the evening for the morning feed (2 TBSP) of mixed vegetables and cut corn with fruit, any fruit will do) 2 x TBSP vegetables  and 1 TBSP Fruit.
  • Vegetables you can feed:  Carrots, cucumber, tomatoes (not too many), spinach, potatoes, pumpkin, marrow, butternut, gem squash, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, turnip, beetroot, cooked rice or cooked pasta and most other veggies, raw or par boiled are good. Green Veggies must be cooked.
  • Fruit you can feed:  Peaches, pears, apples, banana, grapes, strawberries, orange, naartjies, pawpaw, melon, kiwi they like most fruits but try not feed too much acid fruit all together.
  • Try to avoid Lettuce.
  • We do also sell a Soak mix with is another option for your birds Diet in the morning.
  •  Soft food/Fruit and Veg should be removed in the afternoon (anytime 15h00 to18h00), you can then feed seed mix consisting of mostly sunflower and other seed.  Cheapest place to buy parrot and other food is Ara Seeds in Cambridge off Queens Street.
  • Do not feed your parrots any peanut in the shells.  The shells contain a bacteria that can give your bird an infection in the crop.
  • Your parrot will need toys in his cage.  They are also available at different stores.
  • Buy toys which have leather or wood in them, try to avoid toys with coloured rope as we have found a few parrots getting stuck in the rope and also a tennis ball is not a good idea.
  • African Grey’s are destructive birds; they like to chew, so give them soft wood (Untreated pine is ok for some perches) but try to get Guava tree branches for other perches.
  • If you let them out of the cage (at least once a day for about 1 hour), make sure your furniture is protected. This applies to mainly African Grey, Cockatoos and other big parrots.  They can do damage.
  • You can put an old towel over the back of your couch which they can chew and I have no problems.
  • If your parrot should start biting, go buy the book “Why does my Parrot” or phone us we have a CD which we can make a copy for you, they really help, they also help with any other problems (feather plucking etc.)
  • Your parrot is tame, so handle him often.  And do try keep the whole family involved.  Remember the more you handle them and tamer they become.
  • Clip wing flight feathers and trim nails regularly.
  • Add a “ clay perch “ into the cage. This helps with long and sharp toe nails.  Sharp nails can penetrate skin.
  • Occasional your Parrot might use a bit too much force with his beak, don’t worry, it will not cause much damage…
  • Parrots can talk from a very early age, but we found that about 1 year of age is when  most start talking.
  • Should your parrot scream, don’t react, all parrots need about 5 min a day to scream, ignore it and it will stay at 5 min per day or even disappear.
  • Your parrot needs enough rest during the night. Cover his cage with a blanket from around 8.00 pm.
  • Your Bird is not well when
    • He goes off his food
    • Sitting quietly and fluffs up all his feathers
    • Regurgitates their food all the time
    • Very lethargic not moving around as normal
  • Our local Bird Vet is Nahoon Vet – Dr Peet Woods

 

Lindale Farm wishes you many pleasant moments with your bird.