clean and keep the surrounding area clean as well. This means if a cage guard is not
built into the cage, one must be sold with the set-up. This is necessary since parrots
can be very messy pets.
At least three perches of different diameters must be included in every parrot’s cage.
Some perches have more than one size grip-like branches or have a wave-like shape—
these are great to utilize in a bird’s home. They can be made of different materials,
however, any perches, as well as swings and ladders, that are made out of porous
materials such as wood and rope need to be scraped/cleaned regularly and replaced
every six months or so. Perches made out of plastic can be washed as needed and reused
for up to a year or more.
Since parrots’ nails grow constantly, perches made for keeping the nails shorter are
a necessity in parrot cages. These can be made of plastic that has a sandpaper feel, or
from cement or gravel that will need to be replaced more often. Place this type of perch
up higher since the bird will utilize it more often than other perches. Note that perches,
swings and ladders should never be placed above each other or over any food and water
dishes to ensure any messes or droppings don’t fall into the tray below.
Without a doubt, pet parrots are extremely intelligent and playful creatures that can make incredible companions for people of all ages. From parakeets to
cockatiels, all the way up to the majestic macaws—the
largest parrots kept as pets—they all have some common
requirements and needs to keep them physically and
mentally healthy for their long lives.
A parrot’s cage must be sturdy and large enough for
a bird to flap their wings freely—the bigger the better.
The wire gauge must be strong enough so a parrot
cannot bend or break the wire, which means it must
be stronger for larger parrot species considering how
much bite strength they have. The spacing between the
bars must be small enough so that the bird cannot put
its head through the bars. Cages should also be easy to
Carrying the proper products for parrots
is crucial to ensuring they live happy and
BY ROBYN BRIGHT