Where Should I Keep My Parrot?
So if you are one of those people who come home from work and just want to relax and watch T.V. for an hour, then perhaps your living room would not be a good place to have the bird housed.
We suggest that you should house your cage ideally in a spare room or conservatory where, if necessary, you and your bird can have time away from each other. Certain species of parrot have to have a noisy period in a day. Species such as Amazons and Cockatoos instinctively have screaming sessions at dawn and dusk. Other species such as African Greys and Macaws will have their moments at varying times of the day.
Whichever is your most lived in room i.e. the living room, is where we suggest you place your play centre or parrot stand. Then when you are good and ready you fetch the bird from his cage and have some time with each other.
This method is by far the best way to keep your parrot, not only for your own sanity but for the bird’s health as well. Wild parrots will only have approximately twelve hours of daylight and twelve hours of darkness. They are not nocturnal animals therefore have only twelve hours to find their food and carry out their daily activities. They wake up at dawn and go to sleep at dusk. Imagine what it is like for a pet parrot, which is probably awake before anyone else in the house and probably, the last to go sleep because the light has been left on in the house for the last person to come in for the night. The parrot is constantly trying to catch up with its sleep but can’t because of all the different disturbances.
At Birdland we believe that lack of solid sleep and daily routine are the major reasons as to why parrots pluck themselves and become overly aggressive and noisy. Basically you only have to compare this to yourself. If night after night you are disturbed in your sleep it is only a matter of time before you become agitated and a parrot will be exactly the same. For the bird the slightest cause of stress could come along and it decides to pluck itself or relieve its frustration and anger by being aggressive to the first person it sees.
Two rooms, which should not be considered to house the parrot in any way, are the Kitchen and Hallway.
- The Kitchen
The Kitchen can harbour toxic fumes from cooking which can lead to severe breathing abnormalities and death in parrots. This is especially common if you cook with Teflon coated pans. When these pans reach a certain temperature they give off a fume which can kill the parrots within minutes. The same applies to Olive Oil. Also in the kitchen, your pet parrot open to a large array of potential accidents.
- The Hallway
The Hallway is not a good place for a parrot as it is usually full of drafts coming from doors being opened and closed. Although parrots can adapt to quite drastic temperature changes, they do not take well to having on-going drafts blowing on them. This can lead to chills and sometimes death.
A good idea for your pet parrot is to have a cage or a small aviary outside where you can put him. A baby parrot will soon learn how to enjoy the rain, sun and wind. Added to that, is the vast improvement it would make to its health. Parrots that are kept indoors (even behind windows) sometimes suffer from Calcium Deficiency. This is because even though they are probably getting enough Calcium in their diet they need Vitamin D3 to be able make use of the Calcium. The only proper way that they can get Vitamin D3 is through sunlight on their skin. Don’t forget your parrot must be able to move away from direct sunlight to prevent it from getting heat stroke.
An aviary would also be a good place to let your parrot chew on branches and leaves, and to let it dig around in soil and turf and find other things to amuse itself with.
Please bear all the above in mind when you are thinking about purchasing and keeping a parrot. Parrot housing and ensuring it is housed properly can be expensive, it’s not just a case of buying a small cage. We recommend that you give consideration to buying a good Parrot Stand or better still a Parrot Play Station, provide a large cage outside or better still an aviary, as well as a good cage of adequate size for the parrot to be in within the house preferably in a room of its own, or with a made-to-fit thick cover.