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Debunking The Top 5 Myths and Misconceptions About Pet Parrots

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Debunking The Top 5 Myths and Misconceptions About Pet Parrots

Congratulations on your decision to own a pet parrot! These fun-loving animals make wonderful companions that will provide you with a new perspective on life. From the small parakeet to large Macaw, parrots are truly exceptional creatures that make wonderful pets. If this is your first time raising a parrot, though, you'll want to avoid the myths and common misconceptions about pet parrots.

1) Parrots Are Dirty

Contrary to popular belief, parrots are not dirty and spend a large portion of their time grooming and cleaning themselves. Parrots are actually incredibly clean animals and spend a large portion of the day grooming themselves. Like all pets, though, you'll need to clean their environment on a regular basis. If you fail to clean their cage on a regular basis, then yes, your parrot will likely become dirty; however, this is easily prevented by routinely changing changing the newspaper or shavings in their cage and wiping it clean with an all-natural disinfectant.

If you're concerned about the cleaning requirements of a pet parrot, choose a cage with a convenient slide-out tray. Rather than than trying to awkwardly clean their cage by sticking your hands inside, you can simply pull the tray out. Trust me, this otherwise simple feature will make cleaning your parrot's cage ten times easier. Cleaning their cage every couple of days will prevent the growth of bacteria, which in turn reduces the chance of your parrot becoming ill.

If you're going to adopt a parrot, make sure you purchase a cage that's suitable for the respective breed. Like most animals, parrots need ample room to move around. Failure to provide your parrot with a spacious cage could result in muscle loss and even depression (yes, parrots can become depressed).

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2) Parrots Are Loud

This is arguably one of the most common misconceptions people have about pet parrots.

Another all-too-common myth is that parrots are loud. Certain parrots are known for their vocal abilities, but you can train them to keep their volume down. You might walk into an exotic pet store only and notice a large Macaw or Amazon screaming "HELLO" right on your face. Yes, there are plenty of parrots which are highly vocal and enjoy mimicking sounds in their environment, but there are also some quieter species.Focus on positive reinforcement by rewarding your parrot for maintaining suitable noise levels.

Here's a list of some of the quieter types of parrots:

  • Budgerigars
  • Caiques
  • Cockatiels
  • Lineolated parrots
  • Senegals
  • African Greys
  • Senegals
  • Green Cheeks
  • Pionus
  • Budgerigars

3) Parrots Only Eat Seed

You really have one of two different options when it comes to a pet parrot's diet: you can either feed them seed or a pellet mix. The general belief among first-time parrot owners is that seed is the healthier choice, but the truth is that pellets yield a higher level of nutrition, making them the better choice.

Why is an all-seed diet bad? The problem with all-seed diets is that it often lacks certain key nutrients that parrots need for proper growth and development. Parrots typically feed on a variety of foods in the wild -- seeds, insects, nuts, fruits, vegetables, leafs, etc. -- and only giving your parrot seeds will restrict vital nutrients from their diet.

Parrots will certainly eat a cup of seeds if you place it inside their cage; however, they also enjoy fruits, nuts, vegetables, crackers and other 'goodies.' Don't assume that a seed-only diet meets the nutritional needs of your pet parrot. Most experts will agree that it does not cover all of their base nutrition, and it could even result in a vitamin A deficiency.

A good rule of thumb is to limit your parrot's diet to a maximum of 20% seeds. The rest should come from pellets, fruit, vegetables, etc. You can also try using a premium pellet or pellet and seed mix. Pellets are specially formulated with crude protein, vitamins and other beneficial nutrients. This offers a more balanced level of nutrition that encourages healthy growth and development.

4) All Parrots Talk

A fourth myth that we're going to debunk involves talking parrots. There are parrots with an uncanny ability to learn words, phrases or even entire sentences, but most of the smaller species that individuals and families prefer to own, such as the parakeet, do not talk. If you want a talking parrot, one of the best species to own is the African Grey.

Parrots are social creatures by nature, so it's important for owners to provide this social stimulation to their feathered friends. Thankfully, this is fairly easy, as talking, playing and petting your parrot on a daily basis will suffice. Of course, you can also purchase a harness and leash combo to take them on walks outside for additional socialization.

5) Parrots Are Easily Disciplined By Squirting With Water

Parrots aren't like cats, and squirting them with a water bottle will only make them more reserved and unapproachable. Rather than punishing your parrot when it's bad, reward them for good behavior. A treat followed by lots of petting and praise goes a long way in training a pet parrot.

To Conclude

There are a number of everyday household products that are completely fine for humans but potentially deadly to parrots.Teflon-coated pans and cookware, for instance, releases a type of gas that can kill nearby parrots when inhaled. This is why it's a good idea to clear out your kitchen beforehand to ensure there are no Teflon products before adopting a parrot.

Other products that you'll want to avoid using with a parrot in the home include scented candles, air fresheners, bleach, and bleach-based cleaners. A safer cleaning alternative is filtered white apple cider vinegar, which is completely safe to use in and around your parrot's cage.

There's a lot of misinformation floating around on the subject of raising pet parrots. Unfortunately, this bad information often sends first-time parrot owners down the wrong path. If you're thinking about owning a pet parrot, you should take the time to educate yourself on how to raise these amazing animals as pets. Only then can you provide your feathered friend with a happy, healthy environment. Whether it involves their diet, behavior or physical characteristics (or a combination of the three), you've probably come across some of the myths and misconceptions mentioned above.

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