Wavy parrot: photo, care and maintenance at home
If your child asks for a little colored parrot, think in advance about how to care for him, what feeds are needed and how much time it takes from you. Let the parrots do not take so much time, like dogs or other pets, but you still need to monitor their health.
The most important issue in the care of such a pet - the choice of cells. Cage for wavy parrot should be spacious and made of ordinary metal rods. At night, if the bird is bothering you, you can cover the cage with any cloth. Parrot calm down and realize that it is time to sleep.
House wavy parrots are very beautiful and interesting. Children love to talk to the bird, to watch the game. The colors of their plumage are so diverse that each color is surprising. Each wavy parrot is unique, the photo of any bird attracts attention, as they are really interesting and curious creatures.
Parrots, like all living things, need careful care. It is important to know which cell is needed and how often it should be cleaned. All this we will analyze in his article.
How long do little parrots live?
The natural habitat for parrots of this species is Australia. There parrots feel great among the wild thickets. But in the cities they, too, got along pretty well. How many wavy parrots live in urban environments? In the wild, these birds live only 8-10 years. But thanks to a man their life can be longer.
The wavy parrot lives at home for about 15 years, only sometimes lives to 17. These birds are afraid of drafts, they can get sick. Like humans, they are also susceptible to bacteriological and viral diseases, so they may die earlier without proper care.
When choosing a bird, pay attention not to a more beautiful pet, but to a healthier one. That bird, which is too calm - does not chirp, does not play, may be something sick. It is best to buy a parrot in a good pet store or directly from a breeder with extensive breeding experience, and not in a spontaneous market. That is, where the birds care.
Budgerigar. Care and maintenance
How to care for wavy friends so that they live long and delight their masters with their cheerful disposition and chirping? Let's talk more about the content of the wavy parrot.
It is very important to keep the cage constantly clean, often change the water. Every day it is desirable to let the parrot out of its cage so that it can spread its wings and fly. Without movement, they become numb with him, especially if the cell is tight for him. A bird sitting in a cage for a long time not only quickly loses interest in playing with people, but also earns obesity, because birds also need to move to lose their calories.
Food for wavy parrots need to take quality, good proven brand. But in addition to food, you still need to give a lot of vegetables and fruits. During the laying of eggs, the female needs boiled chicken eggs.
Birds need mineral food, such as ground egg shells. Need and greens, in particular parsley.
In the cage should always be a trough with the usual feed, and next needed the same for germinated grain. Food should be varied. Only one millet can not be given. Suitable nuts, fruit, corn and seeds. Total should be in moderation in the diet.House wavy parrots often eat and often defecate. On the day they do it 40 to 50 times. This is considered a normal stool.
Every day you need to change the water in the drinker. If the water is not fresh, the bird will be sick. It is required to clean the bottom of the cage three times a week, however when parrots are two or more, then, accordingly, it is necessary to clean more often.
It is important to monitor the state of the beak and claws. The bird should have a piece of chalk or sepia for sharpening the beak. After all, the beak is also growing, like the nails of people, and over time, the long beak prevents the bird from eating.
Which cell is suitable?
The fact is that parrots need a lot of space in the house. Keeping them constantly in a cage is not an option. The bird will be bored, she needs to knead the wings. The cage itself should be large and spacious, especially if there are two parrots in it.
The parrot house should be no less than 60 cm long, and preferably 80 cm long. The height should be at least 50 cm. Additionally, you need to attach a drinking bowl and a small bath for parrots. If the bars are painted, then you can not put food between them.
Wooden cages will not work, as the budgie will surely gnaw wooden rods.
There are on sale various figured cells.But they are more suitable for carrying birds, but not for living. Best of all - ordinary, unpainted cells of rectangular shape. In such homes, it is more convenient for birds to climb stairs and play. The parrot itself is not as important as his house looks like, he needs comfort. Sometimes he is sad, and he needs a "personal" home corner. Another advantage of a rectangular cage is its ease of care. It is easy to attach all sorts of toys to a pet to the bars: bells, rocking chairs and more.
Additionally, you need to say a few words about the choice of perches. It is not necessary to buy the perches pasted over with an emery paper which appeared recently in pet shops. The buds of the budgie may bleed.
The diameter of these crossbars should be different. One is placed a little higher, the other, as it were, on the lower floor, such an arrangement is convenient for a bird.
Do I need a mirror for a feathery friend?
When people buy one parrot, the breeders recommend attaching a mirror to his cage so that he does not feel so lonely, not yearn. But there is another opinion. Many believe that a pet will not learn to talk. Although this point of view has not yet been proven.
How do wavy parrots breed? If you decide to buy a pair and try to breed several chicks, then keep in mind that the pair that you yourself have chosen may not bring the chicks. Parrots form a union for life. And if he or she did not like the pair, pairing will not occur.
They are most prolific in age from 2 to 8 years. The female breeds about 6-9 cubs at a time. The offspring are bred more often in the summer when the daylight time is more than 12 hours and there is enough heat for them. After all, a parrot is a thermophilic creature. The female incubates eggs for exactly 18 days. He tries to turn them all the time, as the egg that lacks heat will die.
In summertime, parrots need to be given more fruits and vegetables and germinated grains so that they can safely breed their offspring. If you want to get offspring in winter, you will have to additionally heat and illuminate the nest.
Breeding chicks to a female is convenient in a cardboard slot. To equip it, it is enough to cut a small hole in the side of the box, 5-7 cm in diameter. This is a manhole for the female. And in order for the male to fly to the nesting place and feed the female, he needs to build a small perch near the manhole.
What wavy parrots, when just hatched? Chicks hatch so helpless and weak that the female has to feed them in a supine position. They are not plumed, and their eyes are completely closed. The weight of only hatched chicks is just a little more than one gram. Their mother is with them all the time; it’s not necessary to crawl into the nest and scare the female. The chicks will come out of the nest on the 23rd or 24th day, when they have already gained the bulk and they will have plumage.
Signs of illness in a parrot
When your parrot feels bad, this can be noticed by some changes in its behavior. Of course, the bird, although speaking, cannot say that it hurts something. But the attentive host should notice the following signs:
- The bird lowers its tail and looks weak. She is not interested in anything from things or toys.
- Refusal to eat.
- Parrots stop cleaning feathers when they feel bad.
- On a beak sometimes growths are found.
If the parrot is just a bit sluggish, you need to put a lamp near it and heat it. In a comfortable temperature, which is 27-28 ° C, he will heal himself. But when the situation is serious, it can be seen from the growths and, possibly, from the beak there will be strange discharges.Then you need to immediately call the vet and make an appointment.
What does a wavy parrot owner need to know about the diseases of these birds? Firstly, the fact that health and well-being depends on the conditions of his detention. High-quality feed and frequent inspection of the beak and undertail should also be included in the practice. So you will react to the disease in time.
The bird can become infected with salmonellosis and die in a short time from dehydration, since with diarrhea all the water quickly leaves the little parrot's little body. Infection occurs from drinking contaminated water or dirty food. Or the parrot contacted with other birds, for example at an exhibition.
Another common disease is psittacosis. When overheating or after a stressful situation of moving to another home to new owners, the bird may get sick. The parrot loses its appetite and starts a runny nose. A characteristic feature is swelling of the connective tissue and discharge. Previously, whole flocks died en masse from this disease, which is caused by chlamydobacteria. But today, with the help of antibiotics, the disease is well cured.
Also, the bird can become ill with knemidokoptozy or become infected with ticks. In general, a lot of diseases. We must constantly monitor the health of the parrot does not die ahead of time.
There are three main species of budgerigars. These are wavy monochromatic, with variegated plumage and tufted wavy species. In each group, many varieties of colors. The main natural color is light green. Bands on the head and back in the form of waves play the role of disguise in the green more often. Blue, white, gray and other colors and shades are derived using selection.
Those who breed birds know that plain parrots with light shades of yellow or pure white colors have more faded, poorly defined wave patterns. And on blue feathers and dark green this pattern is seen very well.
Multicolored parrots, in turn, are divided into three subspecies: harlequins, variegated wavy and penguin parrots.
The best parrots of light green color breed best in captivity. And those that were displayed selectively, poorly adapted, they are weak, and with them it is difficult at breeding.
How to teach to speak?
If you want to teach a parrot to talk, then you need to buy a boy, and one without a pair. Then he will be bored, and he will quickly get used to the person, will try to "find a common language" with his master.
How to teach a wavy parrot to pronounce the first "words", and then phrases, or rather, to teach them to parody people? Parrots, in fact, do not speak, but imitate human sounds, completely unaware of them. Moreover, the voices of children and women in most of these birds are better to depict. To the bird began to learn to imitate, you need to constantly talk with her.
Budgies cannot remember many words. Only about 10-20 phrases. Their larger relatives speak more and better. However, wavy birds are easier and cheaper to maintain than a jaco or cockatoo, and they adapt to ordinary city rooms better.
First, you will constantly have to repeat one certain word, more often say its name. Then the phrase in which the word is present. And even later, if the parrot gets talented, with it you can learn a childish poem or joke. But it should be noted that all this takes a very long time, and the owner must be patient and not shout at the parrot if he does not work.
How to tame?
After you have brought the purchased parrot to your home, let it settle. For several days try not to disturb him at all. Approach only to change the feed. Do not take it at once in your hands. The parrot has a shock, and he must first get used to you. Over time, talk to him more often. You can open the cage in a few days so that it plays in your room and becomes interested in something. Do not scold him if he breaks something, and do not turn on loud music.
Your task is to maintain an atmosphere of trust. You can not grab a bird with your hands, you can not scold her. Otherwise she will be afraid of you and, possibly, will be hostile. In general, parrots are very friendly and are good to contact with a person. But having frightened a bird or having caused violence, putting your hands in a cage, you will lose the location of a little pet forever.
What can be said to summarize the information? House wavy parrots need a good and clean house, high-quality food and friendly attitude. The content of one parrot is not so problematic. It is necessary to monitor its health and the state of the beak.Long beaks can be cut, but the veterinarian must do so, not the owner.
Food for your pet is varied and quite good. Feed the bird mineral food, fruit pieces, be sure to give the greens. If all the rules of care are met, your parrot will live a very long time.
Wavy parrot at home adapts very well. These birds are interesting to people, they quickly learn and can bring a lot of joy to the house. However, do not forget that by bringing a parrot into the house, you are responsible for its health.