Having decided to get a parrot, even the smallest, you should immediately set yourself up: we bring into the house not a toy, but a living creature, with its own character, requirements and habits. And we will have to reckon with this, because we are “responsible for those whom we have tamed.”
When the parrot starts talking, there will be a feeling that not a bird lives in the house, but another member of the family. And he speaks in suspiciously familiar voices, and laughs like someone from the household. If a dog lives in an apartment, its barking will also turn out to be reliable in a parrot.
In order for the bird to talk and feel everyone at home with its family, you need to build relationships correctly.
What you need to know about domestic parrots?
Even before buying birds, it is better to immediately learn as much as possible about them so that there are no surprises that have become the reason for abandoning pets. Parrots get used to the owners and are hard at separation, from this they can get sick, become depressed and even die.
You need to clearly know why the bird is being purchased. If to decorate the interior or relieve stress after a hard day, then you should buy two parrots. They will engage in each other, communicate in their bird language and will not require extraneous attention. It will be enough for the owner to look after them and admire their presence.
But then you should not expect even “hello” in human language from a parrot.
If a bird is needed for communication, the task is to teach it words, only one pet should be purchased. Parrots are social animals, they need company, and if there is no girlfriend nearby, the bird will literally look into the owner’s mouth, waiting for communication. By saying often the same words or phrases, we replenish the parrot’s vocabulary. Males learn especially quickly, but females pronounce words more clearly. For those who have not been renovated, who really love animals, we advise you not to close the cage.
In order to eat and sleep, the parrot will always find its way to it, but at the same time it will participate in the life of the family. The bird will be able to move around the apartment, sitting on the shoulder or head of the owner. She will throw everything that is badly lying off the shelves, for hours she will begin tossing a five-ruble coin or a box of matches. And this is not all the pranks that a parrot is capable of, but they only touch true bird lovers.
With a free-roaming pet, you should forget about interior doors and teach yourself not to use them, since the bird often flies after the owner or follows him on foot. For those who have a reserved attitude towards animals, or have just made repairs, it is better to keep the parrot in a cage, but sometimes give it the opportunity to fly to “stretch” its wings.
Even if the bird is constantly sitting in a cage, you still have to communicate with it, otherwise it will become bored.
And yet, if a baby lives in the house, from the crying of which the head “splits”, having got a parrot, one should be prepared that there are now two crying “children” in the family. When one starts to shout, the second immediately continues. So what should we be prepared for:
- clean the cage
- clean up after the pet outside the cage;
- pay attention to the parrot;
- tolerate noise: the larger the bird, the louder its voice;
- be prepared for the fact that the parrot will gnaw on furniture, wallpaper, books;
- he can throw down any objects that have enough strength, and listen with pleasure to their ringing and crackling.
What do we get in return:
- a real, devoted companion;
- to some extent an interlocutor, because large birds can communicate meaningfully;
- stress relief by watching funny pet pranks;
- children learn to love, to be kind, tolerant and responsible;
- if there are other animals in the house, their communication with the parrot can be unforgettable.
What does a parrot need?
Further there will be information for those who are not afraid of the playful nature of the parrot, and who are ready to take responsibility for the wayward bird. Before you go to choose a pet, everything in the apartment should already be prepared for him.
- A cage for a budgerigar is selected with a volume of at least 45x60x60 cm, for a pair of birds – one and a half times more. The larger the pet, the larger the cage.
- Perches at different heights should have embossed edges, so it is easier for the bird to cling to them.
- An auto-drinker and several feeders are needed: for grain feed and fruits with nuts.
- A parrot is installed in a bathing suit, with the help of water it gets rid of feather parasites.
- The bird loves toys: ladders, mirrors, bells, swings. They should equip the cage before the appearance of the pet.
- In advance, you need to purchase several types of grain feed and vitamins.
Particular attention should be paid to the selection of a place for the cage. It should not be in a draft, in a dark place or, conversely, in direct sunlight. Birds should not be placed in a kitchen with a gas stove, especially under the ceiling, they will suffer from hot air and combustion residues.
Parrots react hard to loud noise, so you should not place the cage in the nursery or near the TV.
What parrots can live in apartments?
All parrots can live in apartments, but each specific case should be considered. For large birds, a large area is needed. Pets need a suitable microclimate, without drafts, increased dampness and temperature changes. In addition, the choice of parrot breed depends on our expectations (what we want from a pet), the presence of children in the family and material investments. Having considered the characteristics of different types of parrots, you can understand which family they are more suitable for.
If you choose a pet among all breeds of parrots, budgerigars can be considered universal. They are suitable for young and old, free and busy, as an interior decoration and as real good friends. Budgerigars are kept in families with babies, they rarely bite, and if they do, their bite resembles a tolerable tingle. The larger the bird, the more dangerous its beak.
Large breeds open nuts with one blow, the strength of their beak is enough to inflict painful injuries even on an adult. Therefore, families with children are better off making their choice in favor of a small breed.
These birds prefer high voices and funny parade children. If you take a young individual (from 4 to 8 weeks) and actively engage with it, it will learn several dozen words, it can be taught simple tricks, for example, sit on a finger. Unlike large breeds, budgerigars never retaliate, but can become sad if offended.
Nymphs are most often found in gray and lemon colors, with beautiful tufts and pink, as if painted cheeks. They are sociable, most often have balanced docile characters.. Their voices are much stronger than wavy ones, not everyone can tolerate such harsh sounds.
A cage with too excited birds is temporarily covered with a towel. Cockatiels are not very good at absorbing human speech, but with patience, they can be taught a few phrases. In nature, these parrots actively fly, so they should be given the opportunity to fly in the apartment. In addition, they need a spacious cage, like for large parrots.
These birds are suitable for people who do not have time to educate and train them. Lovebirds love to live in pairs and share their time with each other, and people are allowed to admire them and enjoy it.
They should not be taught human speech, they prefer their chirping. These beautiful colorful birds have a strong beak, which can seriously injure a person. They are credited with unusual marital fidelity, although during the period of sexual activity they can quarrel so seriously with each other that they have to be seated in different cages, and sometimes even change partners.
Bright cute birds with a trusting curious character. They are completely immersed in the affairs of the family and become its equal participants. They live up to 20 years, but are very sensitive to drafts and humidity, therefore, if they are improperly maintained, they can die much earlier.
These are large birds measuring from 25 to 45 centimeters in length. They are ideal partners for single people, very attached to their owners. They live up to 60 years, study well, know a large number of words and chat incessantly, even when no one is listening to them. They are not afraid of animals and strangers, they can entertain guests without hesitation. Often the answers are meaningful. The bird is very friendly, using its strong beak only for defense. Amazons have the only drawback – the high cost.
Amazingly intelligent birds from South Africa. They are easy to learn, learn a large number of words, but at the same time they do not bother people with their conversations if they are not addressed. When they need to talk, they switch to other pets, more often cats and dogs.
Large expensive parrot, intellectual. Capable of memorizing up to 300 words. He loves people and interacting with them. When left alone, he has fun as he can: he sings, dances, praises himself. But if he knows that someone is at home and does not approach him, he will scream in a heart-rending voice, demanding attention.
Jaco is better for people with a strong-willed character; during the upbringing, pets should immediately be made clear who is in charge here. For this reason birds are not suitable for families with children, Grays try to command them and become uncontrollable. Although they are wayward and jealous, people love them for their high intelligence and meaningful understanding of words.
Summing up, we can conclude that budgerigars are suitable for small apartments and families with kids. Those who do not have time to communicate with birds can choose lovebirds, and those who agree to devote every free minute to a parrot will choose rosella. For single people, Amazons will become good friends and companions.
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