Learn the basics of pet parrot care for any species, from small birds such as budgerigars, to large species such as macaws
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Dr. Laurie Hess: Macaws are amazing birds. They're probably the largest species of bird that we treat. They come in all different colors. They're beautiful and the blue and gold macaw is probably the most common macaw that we see, a very familiar looking parrot, and then there's the hyacinth macaw, a very royal blue-colored macaw, probably the largest macaw that we see. They're fairly rare. Macaws are amazing, but they require a lot of space. Remember a macaws stretches out and their wing span is several feet wide.
They need to be able to have at least that much space, if not double that space in their cage to be safe at home in a cage and protected against banging their wings and damaging their feathers. Their beaks are very, very strong. They can actually break bones with their beaks. So you really have to think about whether you have the kind of environment to have a macaw.
You know, they can be destructive. They can be very, very loud when they scream. So they're great animals if you have the space and the time. Anything else we want to mention about macaw, Kara?
Sarah Inglis: I think that if you're prepared to have a two-year-old toddler for approximately 30 to 40 years that chews on windowsills and screams really loud, you might be ready to have a macaw.
Laurie: That about sums it up. No, macaws are great. Listen, we love them, but they're not right for everybody. I mean with little babies or people that are elderly and maybe don't move as fast, you know macaws are big and strong and loud and terrific birds. They're beautiful birds, but they're not really the best pet for everybody. So you just need to think about it and learn about the macaw before you rush out and get one.
The novice and the experienced bird owner alike will enjoy the green-cheeked conure as a pet. This bird may not be for the very beginner, though someone who has experience properly caring for a parakeet or other small bird may be ready for this easy-going bird. Green cheeks are not known to be nippy, and are particularly affectionate. Because green-cheeked conures are highly affectionate and love their owners intensely, they need an owner that is able to give them a great deal of time out of the cage. With some attention on a daily basis, even paired green cheeks will maintain their pet quality. If you don’t have another green cheek, you can pair this bird with a maroon-bellied conure, but don’t allow them to breed. The green-cheeked conure will generally live peacefully with conures of similar size, though will not readily tolerate smaller birds, and might be in danger from the aggression of a larger bird. A green-cheeked conure should be offered a nutritionally balanced manufactured diet, supplemented with fresh vegetables, fruit and healthy table foods. Conures have busy beaks, which makes Lafeber foods a conure favorite. Lafeber’s and offer balanced nutrition that appeals to a conure’s chewing needs. A green-cheeked conure can live up to 25 years or more with proper care.
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How To Take Care Of Your Pet Parrot? - Care Your Pet - blogger
Domesticating a Parrot is like bringing up a human baby. There is little difference between the two. Like any human baby, a pet Parrot also needs the same amount of care, love and attention, or perhaps even more. Pet parrots should be kept in a safe area in your home; learn tips on how to keep your parrot and visitors safe in this free pet care video.
Expert: Kelly Willey Bio: Kelly Willey is a Certified Veterinary Technician with over 10 years of experience. Filmmaker: Bob Hunt