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Winged Wisdom Pet Bird Magazine, Pet Bird Ezine
Pet Bird
Magazine, Ezine

March 2001 Magazine

Awwww, a baby parrot. Such sweet treasures to love and cuddle. In addition to the joy they bring us, it is our responsibility to teach them things that will help them integrate into our homes safely and happily.

To begin this integration process, you need some special items for that baby parrot. My task was to create an inclusive checklist to serve you and the little one as you plan for the homecoming. The baby bird layette should ideally look like the following listing:

  1. A cage with perches and toys ready before the baby comes home

  2. Food and water dishes in the normal cage areas

  3. Cardboard on the floor over the grates with a non-shred cloth over it and pillows to pad if the bird falls (I use new twin flat sheets folded seams in)

  4. Food and water dishes low enough to reach from the floor

  5. Infant plush toys without eyes or hard pieces

  6. Baby Bird Formula for supplemental feeding

  7. Lots of film in your camera (or a digital camera)

  8. Ingredients to make soft warm foods like oatmeal and scrambled eggs plus munchies like pellets, cheerios, vegetables, fruits, graham crackers, and cereals (low sugar and salt ones)

  9. A digital scale

  10. An Avian Veterinarian appointment and get to know your Vet

  11. A quarantine area if this one is not your only bird

  12. The same pellets and foods the previous home used

  13. A spot near a window in a room you spend a lot of time in

  14. Millet if you will be feeding some seed

  15. An emergency heat source

  16. Thermometer for room temperature

  17. Thermometer for food temperature (or heat sensing child spoon)

  18. Spray bottle for bird showers, be sure to sanitize for each use

  19. A toy that plays music

  20. Rocker to rock your baby to sleep if you would like

  21. Soft Rope Perch and set it low and keep it trimmed well

  22. A First Aid Kit for birds

  23. A safe disinfectant

  24. A dark colored cloth to cover the cage when the bird sleeps

  25. A boingie type toy which is a spiral rope stiffened to promote bouncing, flapping and spinning activites

  26. A separate playtree or playgym with toys

  27. A Parrot harness and leash

  28. A toenail pedicure type perch in the cage to keep those sharp points blunted

There are a lot of opinions on what kind of disinfectant is best, what kinds of toys to buy, what kinds of pellets to provide and others of the layette items listed. Please investigate these and satisfy your common sense test. Your baby bird is depending on you to make decisions for his/her well-being and proper development so do your homework and research the latest ideas and facts about items.

The excitement and anxiety of bringing home that new baby parrot is a day you will long remember.

Enjoy your baby bird!

Winged Wisdom Note: Linda gratefully acknowledges and for their refinement by discussion of the ideas presented here. Linda has published eight articles in consumer and collegiate journals and enjoys the study of parrots and wild birds.

Copyright © 2001 Linda Middleton and Winged Wisdom. All rights reserved.

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