Wildheart Pets Care Sheet
Parrot Care sheet
Thank you for purchasing one of our Parrots.We at Wildheart Pets pride ourselves in the Quality and standard of our baby hand reared parrots.Your baby has been raised to the highest standard,and once you begin training,you should be rewarded very soon with an adorably sweet companion pet.
Although we have done the main job of rearing,raising and weaning your new baby,The most important job for your babys wellbeing is down to you,the new owner,to train your baby to interact,respond to basic commands,such as stepping up when asked.
There are countless books written about training,so its pretty impossible to fit it all on a care sheet.However the basic training of a young parrot is very simular to raising a child.
To give you a good head start with your parrot,it would be wise to remember they are very much creatures of habit,that have memorys like elephants (They never forget)
THE FIRST STEPS:
The very first steps on the arrival home with your baby is to give loads of cuddles and kisses to reasure him/her.Many books and breeders would say it is best to put the parrot in its cage,and leave it alone for a couple of days.We at Wildheart disagree with this theory,its old fasioned and out of date.Make sure until your bond is formed between you and your baby,that you dont make any sudden movements.Everything you do needs to be slow and calm.Try and talk in a soft voice to begin with,and NEVER make movements from behind your baby,everything has to be in front of you baby,where it can see.Birds dont like sudden movement.Also the vision is much different to ours,it takes a bird longer than a human to ajust its vision.parrots can strike like a cobra at anything that moves fast into its sight.They dont intentionally mean to hurt us,but when they strike out,to them its all just a blur,and their natural defence is to strike and even growl.I know of a baby African Grey who drew blood at just 7 weeks old,all because of bad handling,scaring the baby enough to make it use its self deffence
If your trip home was a long one,your baby will need to drink,to rehydrate itself.Parrots can only go a maximum of 24-78 hours between drinking without dehydration,so its VERY important to keep a close eye on your baby to make sure it is drinking.If you are not sure your baby has drank,it would be wise to force feed it drinking water with a syringe.Dehydration is extremerly dangerous to birds,often leading to strokes and even death.
YOUR PARROTS HOME:
You may already have purchased or would of been advised about The importance of bird uv & uva.Most leading breeders, and avian vets can not stress how cruial avain uv/uva is for all birds housed indoors.You can find more information on the home page of our website (link at the bottom of this page).
YOUR BABIES TALKING:
You can begin teaching him/her to talk from the first day your baby arrives home,however you may find your baby has already picked up a few basic words already,as quite a lot of our babies say hello, pretty baby,and simular,due to us interacting with them.However we do not call them by name,only baby! and we do not call them girl or boy,we leave this to the new owner,it would only confuse them if we did.
You will notice that most of our babies do not have leg ring/s,we do not agree to the ringing of any parrot,unless it has to be done by law (in cases of endangered species) birds do not like rings around there legs,and often it can lead to feather plucking,or worse.Birds have also been reported to have had serious injurys caused by the entrapment of a leg ring,in cage bars or toys.And we actually know of a case where the bird bit off all its toes in a desperate attempt to free itself,it was left traumatised for life.
The best option available for identity,is Micro chipping,the same as with dogs,This way all the information on the chip is the new owners details,unlike leg rings,which is only breeders details.Check with you local avian vet as to age and price,as these vary from vet to vet.
Remember with the exception of the seed & pulses mixtures (see website home page),you need to rotate all other foods to prevent your parrot getting bored and loosing interest.Rotating different fruits and veg,keeps him/her interested and helps to stop them going off different foods.Also remember that no two parrots like exactly the same foods,each one is slightly different to the next parrot.
There are a good few things that are toxic to birds and you MUST always avoid:Chocolate,salt,sugar,alcohol,mushroom or similar,advocado pear,coffee,tea,teflon cookwear,teatree.You can also google toxins for birds/parrots on the net,as they are always updating the list.
At Wildheart Pets we offer an exceptional after care and avise service which is for the life of our birds,and is 24/7 in urgent cercumstances.We are here to offer our advise and experience whenever you should need it.
Both Sue and myself at Wildheart Pets,hope you are pleased with your new baby.We would like to thank you once again for choosing a baby from us.We hope he/she brings many many years of joy & happyness in your home.We would love very much for you to keep us updated from time to time,on the progress,and would love to see any pictures you may take along the way.We will then use the pictures on our websites 'customers parrots' album along with many of our other customers that have also sent us pictures of their birds
If there is anything you like to get in touch with us about,please feel free to phone,email,or pop in and see us.
WILDHEART PETS & PET SUPPLIES,WHARF ROAD,MAINDEE,NEWPORT,MONMOUTHSHIRE,NP19 8ET,
TEL:01633 255655 WEBSITE:www.parrothouse.zoomshare.com