Five Ways To Pamper
by Taylor Knight
Your Parrot Place
We are all busy these days and I know itís hard to meet all the demands in
your life. But, itís time for a breather. Take an some time with each of
your feathered kids and give them the royal treatment. I know some of you
out there have multiple birds, so it doesnít have to be all the parrots in
the same day! Get into the habit of doing at least a short version of this
regularly. Your parrots will thank you! Some birds are more 'social' than
others. Two of mine I can pick up and snuggle with without fear of needing
stitches. The other one I have to be really careful with. I use a stick as
his main form of transport. No matter what level of 'snuggliness' your
parrot prefers, you can adjust each step to your parrotís comfort level.
hope both you and your feathered kids have a great time. Not only is this
a great time for your bird, but you get a relax a bit as well. For an
added bonus, turn the phone off!
Spend some quality
Just hang out together. Let them help you pick up around the house. My
cockatoo likes to help me fold laundry. One of my African Greys prefers to
chat in English back and forth. My other African Grey likes to sit on me
and get scratches while I lay on the couch.
He runs up and down me, the couch and sometimes perches on my knee and
just sits there. You could put on some rainforest or classical music and
just sit quietly together for a little bit. There are no rules, the point
is just to give your bird your undivided attention.
Share a meal
Fix up some nice vegetables, fruit, pasta or any other bird-safe dish that
pleases your parrotís palate. Share with your bird, heck, eat off the same
plate. One bite for you, one little bite for them. Of course, remember to
give them their own spoon or fork so you donít give them your icky human
Hand toys like birdie bagels, barbells or marbella shapes; a piece of
rope, a popsicle stick, a towel, even a wadded up piece of paper can be
really run interactive bird toys.
There are hundreds of safe and fun things to play with. Lighten up and
show your bird a good time. One of my African Greys loves to play catch
with a wadded up piece of paper. When catch time is over, he loves to
shred it up. It doesnít have to be expensive, it just has to be fun!
Give your parrot something new to do when hanging out in inside the cage!
Remodel a little. Rearrange the toys that are in there and purchase a new
one. Parrots get board! Why not buy an extra toy or two for later while
you are at it. You could rotate the toys when your parrot loses interest
in it. I have a birdie toy box that all my toys go into. Periodically, I
pull their current toys out and put some from the box in. The others go
back into the toy box for later use. If the toys are damaged quite a bit,
see if you can use the parts from several toys to make a new toy. Rotating
and recycling toys prevents boredom, saves you money and gives your parrot
a change of scenery regularly.
What pampering session would be complete without a nice shower or bath?
Depending on your parrotís preference, let them splash around in the sink
or tub. Mist your bird with a squirt bottle or for a finer water spray you
could use a birdie mister like Mr. Mister. I use a Mr. Mister for all my
parrots, in fact they have their own shower perch. Whatever they prefer,
make it fun!
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