It’s hard to believe 2012 is already here! The beginning of the year is a common time for people to set New Year’s Resolutions. You may want to improve your health, get more exercise, get a better job or spend more time with your family. But have you ever thought about making New Year’s resolutions for your parrot(s)? We all have aspects of our life we wish to improve. So why not think of ways you can become a better parrot owner? Try thinking of ways you can make your parrot happier & healthier. Here are a few ideas:
- Spend more time with you bird. Parrots are social creatures that thrive on attention. They love human companionship and desperately need social interaction. If you have found yourself so busy with other things—such as work, friends and a social life of your own, that you have little time to spend with your bird, make a New Year’s resolution to change that. A few extra minutes here and there can make all the difference. For example, schedule a 15 minute play session with your parrot before heading off to work. Find some stimulating bird toys for your feathered friend or think up a new trick to teach your parrot.
- Feed more fresh food. Sometimes we get so busy it is easier to throw your parrot a bowlful of pellets than to chop up fresh fruits and veggies. However, parrots need a diet that is rich in fresh, wholesome foods. While pelleted formulas can be nutritious, you should supplement with fruits, vegetables, pasta and other delicacies. Every time you go grocery shopping for yourself, pick up a few items for your bird. When shopping the produce aisle, grab some extra bananas, mango, papaya, peppers or Kale for your bird. By adding fresh produce to your bird’s diet, you will help increase their overall health and longevity.
- Buy new bird toys regularly. Parrots get bored easily. They need new experiences to help keep their minds fresh and alert. The best way to satisfy your parrot’s incessant curiosity is to purchase new and intriguing bird toys on a regular basis.
- Buy a parrot playstand. A parrot playstand is ideal for keeping your birds entertained. They can climb, dance, chew and toss a number of different toys to their hearts content. By making a few, everyday changes to your parrot’s routine and lifestyle, you can turn him into the happiest bird on the block.