Ten Secrets To Raising a Healthy, Happy Bird by gabri97

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									Ten Secrets to Raising a Healthy, Happy Parrot

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Welcome to The 10 Secrets to Raising a Healthy,
Happy Parrot. In this eBook, I’ll reveal just a few of the secrets known to those who are raising healthy parrots. If you own a parrot – or are even thinking about it – then you owe it to yourself and your pet to discover for yourself these tricks, tips and techniques of parrot ownership. This includes not only training tips, diet insights, but a general knowledge of the species itself in order for you to fully understand your feathered friend. Are you ready? Well then, Let’s Start!

Sun Conure

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Healthy Parrot Secret #1

What Exactly Makes a Parrot a Parrot?
A Macaw certainly looks nothing like a cockatiel. The Macaw is large, colorful and, to the non-bird person, even a bit intimidating. The cockatiel on the other hand is smaller, and almost an inviting friendly animal, even if you’re not totally comfortable around birds. Yet, amazingly, both of these birds are classified as parrots. What’s even more amazing is that between these two disparate types of birds lies yet a rainforest of birds that are also considered parrots. The first trait you find in every parrot is a very developed tongue. If you never considered a bird having much of a tongue, think again. This one body part explains an awful lot of why these birds are such great talkers. But the tongue is first and foremost a sense organ, much like it is for us. The parrot tastes, touches and swallows with this organ. The second trait common to each species of parrot is the beak. While they differ in size, each has a distinctly rounded beak. Not only that but it’s hard, thick and fairly solid. His beak aids him climbing, walking and even resting his body weight comfortably on his beak.

Blue-and-gold Macaws

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Healthy Parrot Secret #2

Parrot Parenting is a Lifelong Commitment
It’s true! Healthy Parrot Secret #2 in 10 Secrets to Raising a Healthy Parrot is that when you adopt a parrot, it’s a lifelong vow. And we just don’t mean the life of your new friend. Your parrot may live as long as you do or, depending on your age when you adopt your friend, even outlive you! As crazy as this sounds to those who are unfamiliar with parrots, it’s an important consideration to ponder when adopting. It’s not unusual for a healthy, happy parrot to live 50 to 70 or even 80 years. This is the normal aging process for the larger birds, like the Macaw. The smaller species of parrots, like the parakeets or the cockatiels, – don’t live quite as long. They only live between 13 and 30 years, depending on the type. The conure species of parrot, if well cared for and healthy, lives between 25 to 40 years. You can easily see how when you adopt your parrot – especially if he’s a baby – you may very well be forming an exceptional bond that could last the better part of your life as well as your new friend’s.

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So Many Parrots, So Little Time
What do macaws, cockatiels, African greys and conures all have in common? Each of them is a different species of parrot. They may differ in size and color, but believe it or not, each of them is related. In secret 3, we’ll just reveal a very few of the diverse sub-species of parrots from which you can choose as your new feathered companion. The African grey parrot is widely known for his habit of feather plucking. Yes! If he’s been abused or stressed, this is a habit he may acquire. He may also begin to pluck his feathers if his diet isn’t healthy. An African grey parrot grows to be about 13 inches, and he’s one of the birds who has a longer life; he can live between 40 and 60 years. But he’s also known for his capabilities to mimic all sorts of sounds, in addition to developing and parroting speech patterns. Another bird in this diverse group is the much more familiar parakeet. These are, without a doubt, among the best known of the parrot species. Think of a big personality inside a small parrot body and you have the makings of a parakeet. But if you want to go “international” in the parrot realm is the Australian “budgie.” This nickname is given to the budgerigar, a brilliant green and yellow variety of parrot. He’s gentle and friendly. Considering an Amazon parrot for adoption? Well, you have 27 subspecies from which to choose. And while you’re browsing these fine birds, give a tip of your hat to Christopher Columbus. According to legend, he’s responsible for bringing this particular species to North America. Found in many areas of South America, this green parrot has short wings. But don’t his wing spans fool you - he’s definitely not short on intelligence. Scientists believe that an average Amazon parrot is every bit as smart as a dolphin or a monkey. A natural talker, he’s also an expert at imitating a wide range of sounds.
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I’ve only had room to introduce you to a mere four of the more than 300 species of parrots that exist in this world. If you’re thinking about owning a parrot, you’re sure to find a species that suits you completely.

Amazon Parrot

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Healthy Parrot Secret #4

How Much Sleep Does a Parrot Really Need?
So you’ve brought your parrot home with you. You have him all set up in his gorgeous cage in the family room. And he seems happy enough there. So, why, you ask does he seem to be developing some . . . well, as best as you can determine “psychological” problems? In Healthy Parrot Secret #4, we’ll tell you what may be bothering your friend. In fact, if you place your bird in a noisy room, especially one that gets used extensively in the evening, your beloved Polly may actually be sleep deprived. If she seems irritable, grouchy or just plain out of sorts, you may want to evaluate her sleep patterns. Your bird’s ancestors are natives of the tropical zones. The days and nights are just about evenly matched in hours around the equator. And your bird’s ancestors normally begin their nightly sleep routine right around dusk. So given this information, you really need to allow for a minimum of 12 hours of sleep to keep your new family member healthy and happy. Any less than that and you may discover that you not only have to use tooth picks to prop his eyelids open, but you’re dealing with a very grouchy bird! If you do have your friend’s cage in a room where the television runs late into the evening, you should find a new home for it. It should be in an area where he can see the family throughout the day, but also experience some peace and quiet as dusk falls. In this way, he can indulge his social skills, but still be able to sleep when it gets dark. Who knew a parrot needed his beauty sleep?

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You Can Take the Bird Out of the Flock But…
Okay, so you’ve moved Polly’s cage out of the living room and away from all those marvelous TV shows that you watch. And you’ve learned that it’s not that your friend doesn’t appreciate the entertainment, it’s just he’s not cut out for those late nights. Yet, you discover that he’s still grouchy, irritable . . . and just plain unhappy. So, what’s going on? Consider this: “You can take the parrot out of the flock, but you can’t take the flock out of the parrot.” Yes! Your new friend is in need of some friends. But before you run out and adopt several more parrots to keep him company, try spending more time with him. The bottom line is that a parrot is a very sociable animal. His ancestors and his wild cousins travel in flocks. They actually enjoy each other’s company! Your parrot has a much larger spectrum of emotion than you can imagine. Review the time you do spend with Polly. Consider not only the hours you spend, but also her reaction to that time. You can probably already tell that she loves to be with you. Not only does she love, but she needs it for her emotional and psychological well-being. Look at her right now. You can see that she’s foraging for food. That, in the parrot world, is normally a social hour for them. While you don’t want to spoil your parrot, you do want him to be happy. Don’t be afraid to take him out of his cage every day and spend some one-on-one time with him. He’ll always consider himself a member of the flock. And more than that, he sees you as a member of his flock too. If you can do this, you’re well on your way to raising a happy, healthy parrot!
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Feeding Your Parrot the “Wrong” People Food May Shorten His Life
Ah…just look at the two of your there. It’s a match made in junk food heaven. The couch potato and his companion, the junk food parrot. If this describes your relationship with your parrot, then your parrot needs a nutritional makeover - and fast! Consider for a moment your attachment to junk food. Do you feel the need – thanks to the persistent squawks and squeals of your parrot – to share the peanut butter filled pretzels with Polly? Be honest, we’ve all fed our birds potato chips, corn chips, even cheese puffs on occasion. But when those occasions are the celebrating of the setting sun or the clock chime indicating it’s 3 p.m., then it’s definitely indicates a need to revamp the nutritional status of your parrot. Your parrot, unlike most of us, will gladly take that junk food. But you may have noticed that when he does, he eats fewer of the fruits, vegetables and other foods abundant in phytonutrients that he needs. Your parrot may be eating, but the chances are if you’re sharing your processed, packaged and junk foods with him, he may also be malnourished. And that could do be a life-threatening situation for your beloved friend. The answer: The same answer that the doctor would recommend for you. You need to reduce, and hopefully eliminate those empty calories and replace them with healthy whole foods jam-packed with a variety of antioxidants and nutrients.

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How Large a Penthouse for Your Parrot?
That’s pretty much a question most first-time parrot parents ask. In Healthy Parrot Secret #7, we’ll settle that problem once and for all. And you’ll discover that’s figuring this problem out is deceivingly simple. The first thing you need to realize is that this cage becomes your new friend’s home. If you were looking for a house for yourself, you’d no doubt find the best home within your price range. And more than likely you would the largest house you could afford. Who wouldn’t? So take a second look at those cages. Regardless of whether you’re expecting to adopt a smaller bird or a larger of the parrot species, my suggestion is to buy the largest, practical cage that fits your price range. Trust me on this one, you won’t regret it. The bigger the cage your pet bird has, the more freedom he will experience and the more comfortable he will be. When choosing a cage, remember to consider the overall width of the parrot cage. Here’s a great rule of thumb when deciding on the size of cage you need. Estimate the wingspan of your new parrot – or the species you intend to adopt. Multiply this by four to get the minimum height of the cage you should purchase. Take the wingspan and multiply by three. This gives you an idea of the smallest depth the cage should be. Now multiply by 2.5 to wingspans for the minimum width of the cage. This area gives your bird more welcome space to fly from one side of the cage to next. You’ll have one pleased bird!

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Healthy Parrot Secret #8

Does Polly Want to Talk?
Polly wants a cracker. The constant companion atop the shoulder of the proverbial pirate who sails the seven seas. These are typically most people’s responses when they think of a parrot. For the most part, you think of a bird that talks. In fact, so well known are these birds for their remarkable ability to mimic what we say, that the word “parrot” is even used as a verb. “He parroted back the teacher’s argument.” So how can you be sure that the bird you’re considering adopting will eventually talk? The truth is that you’ll never know for sure, it’s merely a matter of probability – not certainty. But there are certain choices you can make to increase those odds. First, choose a baby parrot. We’ve already noted that if you train a parrot at a young age, he’s far more likely to learn how to talk. But more than that, he’s actually more likely to keep learning throughout his entire life. You can also choose certain species of parrots who are known to be easier to train and are known “talkers.” One of these is the African grey. Without a doubt, this particular bird is the most well known of all the parrots who talk. This bird is also known for his ability to adopt a large vocabulary and for his native intelligence. Another talker in the parrot world is the Quaker parrot. A medium sized bird, the Quaker parrot is an impressive talker when he wants to be. And in addition to words and short phrases, he’ll repeat back various sounds he hears around him as well.

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If a parrot who talks is important to you, then definitely take a serious look at the budgie. He may be a little more difficult to train to talk, but once they learn, it’s almost as if they never stop talking! You may also want to investigate the possibility of owning an Indian ring neck parakeet. This bird has a crystal clear voice. In addition to that, he’s an absolutely stunningly beautiful bird, with brilliantly colored feathers.

African Grey

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Healthy Parrot Secret #9

Judging a Parrot’s Health by his Appearance
Actually, you can tell more from your parrot than you can imagine just from his appearance. A bird’s plumage should just look healthy. The coloring should be bright, the appearance should be smooth. Additionally, he should be able to keep himself clean. There should be no dirt hanging for his feet or his beak. If you have any doubts about the general overall health of your bird, take him into your veterinarian. It’s better to catch any health conditions in its early stages than before the problem becomes larger. And if there is no problem, then you’ve gained some peace of mind in the process. If you can’t get in to see your vet immediately, one of the steps you can take to help ease a potential health crisis is to place your bird in a warm draft-free environment. A room that has a temperature from any where from 86 to 88 degrees would make him feel like he was right back in the tropics of South America. But also keep in mind that these birds can’t stand to be confined in small areas. So if you can find a larger room (like an attic or shed) it would suit him just fine. One thing you want to avoid is your bird sitting in a draft. That isn’t at all healthy for him. And you also want to keep in mind that your bird is a tropical bird. Warm weather is his friend. In order to keep your parrot healthy, you’ll want to try to check his perch with some regularity various types of bacteria and insects. Parasites, believe it or not, are very often the cause of avian illness.

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Is it Feed a Fever .. and Starve a Cold or . . .
This old adage absolutely does not apply to birds. Never withhold food from your parrot because you believe he’s too ill to eat. In fact, the opposite is true. When he’s ill try to get your parrot to eat anything. Entice him with all his favorite foods if you have to. The digestive tract of a bird is unique in the animal kingdom. Knowing how it works is crucial to being a good parrot parent. If it appears that your parrot needs to eat almost constantly, your observation is right on the mark. A parrot is in danger of starving if he doesn’t eat for more than a day. In fact, your new parrot pet can’t go without food for more than 35 to 35 hours. And this is if he’s healthy. If he’s sick food is even more crucial to his well being. If you’ve never owned a parrot before this may sound a little strange, but a healthy bird rests on one foot. (The exception to this is the young parrot. He needs to use both feet to keep his balance.) If your parrot is sitting on both of his feet or closing one or both of his eyes, he probably isn’t feeling his best. You can also tell quite a bit about a bird’s health from his appearance. A bird’s plumage should just look healthy. The coloring should be bright, the appearance should be smooth. Additionally, he should be able to keep himself clean. There should be no dirt hanging for his feet or his beak. If you have any doubts about the general overall health of your bird, take him into your veterinarian. It’s better to catch any health conditions in its early stages than before the problem becomes larger. And if there is no problem, then you’ve gained some peace of mind in the process.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this EBook as much as I
have. If you want to keep the information on parrots coming, you must visit www.parrocareandtips.com/tips Here you’ll find even more secrets of raising a happy, healthy parrot.
Best Regards

Samuel Burns


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