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Housing


Housing

The size and design of the cage are important considerations.   Obviously no cage can be too big but the amount of time your pet will spend in the cage can have a bearing on the size requirement.

It must be large enough for your pet to open both of his wings wide.  Position the cage out of drafts as he could catch a chill.  A corner is best and will enable him to feel secure.  Kitchens and conservatories should be avoided as the humidity and temperature fluctuate widely.  A more stable temperature is preferable.  A towel or newspaper could be placed on the grate, at the bottom of the cage, initially so that he does not get his legs and feet caught in the bars of the grate.  It will also catch any food that he drops, enabling him to eat it if he wishes to.  Food pots should be placed within easy reach of your newly weaned pet.  If he is sitting on the top perch then this is where his food should be, if he's spending most of his time at the bottom of the cage place it there.  He should not, and probably will not, go looking for food.

If you cannot keep your parrot in the main room of the house then the purchase of a stand is a good idea.  He can then be taken from his cage and spend time interacting with the family on his play stand.  Most parrots will sit and play quite happily on a stand as long as they have company.

Remember that fumes from burning Teflon pans, many aerosols including pesticides, paint and thinners can kill your pet.  Burning olive oil and many oven liners also give off deadly toxic fumes.  As a precaution, or if in doubt, do not move your pet to the affected area.

Most parrots love to fly, however, before allowing your pet his freedom check the danger areas, windows, open and closed, and fire grates.  It is easy for your pet to fly into the glass and break his neck so it is advisable to use either net curtains or close the curtains, until he becomes familiar with his surroundings.  Parrots can also be destructive and, if left unsupervised, may decide to be naughty and chew either the furniture or furnishings.  So, if you don't want to return to find your curtains in shreds, it is best to return him to this cage before leaving the house.

All parrots enjoy chewing and will delight in removing the bark from natural branches.  These can be used as perches but be sure to scrub them well before putting them in the cag, as they may have been sprayed with insecticide.  The best trees to use are willow [which is a nautrual antibiotic], hazel, beech, mountain ash and any fruit trees.  Do not use plastic or metal perches as they are unnatural and unsuitable for your pets feet.