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Well-Rounded Care for Your Special Pet Bird

Your gorgeous new parrotlet Sunny thinks she’s the luckiest bird in the world. Yesterday, you adopted this sociable avian companion from a friend who was unable to provide quality care. You’ve acquainted her with a spacious two-story condo filled with furnishings and colorful toys. She also met your family, happily greeting them with expressive whistles and chirps. Tomorrow, Sunny visits your Cameron Park vet for a new patient exam and a species-appropriate diet.

Roomy, Nicely Furnished Cage

Sunny will appreciate a spacious multilevel enclosure. Choose a cage that measures almost three times her wingspan’s width and depth. Remember that your determined bird will likely spend many hours gnawing on the cage latch and bars. If you see structural damage, replace the cage before your opportunistic feathered friend makes her escape.

Clean your bird’s enclosure often, and change her water at least twice daily. Provide her with enticing, colorful toys that engage her clever mind. A challenging treat puzzle will make her work for those favorite snacks. By rotating her playthings often, she’s less likely to become bored.

Tasty, Nutritious Tailored Diet

Your hungry parrotlet would appreciate a delicious, nutritious diet designed for her bird species. Remember that she doesn’t (and shouldn’t) consume the same foods as her cockatiel and macaw relatives. In fact, if she regularly ate ingredients intended for different birds, she could experience unforeseen health problems.

Although Sunny might enjoy a seed-only diet, her well-balanced nutritional pellets are a better choice. Ideally, these pellets should make up almost 80 percent of her daily calories. If your vet approves, mix in bite-sized veggies and/or fruits. No matter what, don’t feed her – or any other bird – dangerous foods such as onions, garlic, pasta, rice, or chocolate.

Frequent Family Interactions

Since Sunny considers your family her new flock, welcome her by placing her enclosure in a central indoor spot. That location enables her to observe (and talk about) everyone’s daily activities. For more social interaction, watch her bathe and preen herself daily. Ask your vet to suggest training exercises that will help your feathered companion to more deeply bond with her new social group.

During Sunny’s next checkup, tell your Cameron Park vet about your bird’s behavioral and social exploits. The vet can address potential medical issues. To provide your bird with expert care, contact us for an appointment.

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