The first thing that parrots lose in captivity is freedom of movement and freedom of choice. When we select a cage for a parrot, it is necessary that we provide him with as many opportunities as possible for movement and relocation. It would be optimal to place the bird in a very spacious cage, to make perches in the rooms where households spend time and an open-air cage, in which the parrot will get more freedom of movement, games and activities.
When choosing a parrot cage, it is best to give preference to the one that has a playground at the top. A bird living in such a cage can eat on it or inside it, can play from above, or can climb inside and take up toys hanging there. She can take a nap, sitting on top or inside on a perch.
In addition to the cage, other factors also influence the behavior of the parrot: its appearance, life experience, innate tendencies, type of cage, height of the playing field, amount of time spent in the cage, etc. Large macaws, cockatoos, amazons and blue-headed parrots are among those species in which there are seasonal outbreaks of aggression during puberty. If such a bird is allowed to sit on a perch above the level of your eyes, then problems may arise. However, each bird has its own character, and one cannot but take it into account.
Senegalese parrots, other species of long-winged and Jacques, as a rule, do not show aggression.
Personal space. When a cell is purchased, you need to select its correct location. In the place where the cage will stand, it is necessary to provide a suitable habitat for the bird and its communication. If there are several bird cages in the room, then they should not be too close to each other. Between the cells there should be at least 1.5-2 m, so that each parrot has its own personal space. Some types of parrots or individuals who are more susceptible to stress will not feel the best in such an environment. In addition, some species, such as Jaco, will show their disagreement with being placed in a room with other birds. Therefore, it is optimal to place cells in places where family members are often located. So the parrot will feel its belonging to the human "flock" and this will give it a sense of security. It also helps in raising birds, as the owner should always be able to observe her and adjust her behavior as necessary. If a young parrot lives next to us and hears us praising him for eating, playing with toys, tweeting cheerfully, cleaning feathers, etc., we will encourage his behavior, show that this is what we want to see. To get our attention, the parrot will do this more and more often, which will automatically lead to a reduction in undesirable manifestations of behavior.
Great visibility creates a sense of insecurity. The vulnerability problem is also important: some parrots feel great if they are placed in front of the window, while others – on the contrary. Often, with various phobias of parrots and pulling out feathers, simply moving the cage from window to wall, to a more secluded place, can help. Many parrots feel left to their own devices if they are settled at the window, if they have no shelter. In addition to the fact that they feel their vulnerability to the "predators", the events that take place outside the window can scare them very much. Place the cage with one side against the wall or provide the bird with some kind of shelter.
Useful additions. And now the cell is bought. Now you need to add various devices and toys to it: a swing, a spiral, small toys, different perches and perches, feeders at different levels. Toys must be changed and alternated at least once a week.
Additional "seats". The bird needs perches not only in the cage, but also in other rooms of the house, because they need a change of scenery. Parrots perceive the world through sight. Their life becomes richer if they have the opportunity to move from room to room or from perch to perch within the same room. For the entertainment of parrots there are "stands for toys": they are floor and table.
Open-air cage. Such an enclosure allows birds to take a break from us humans. Also, the enclosures give the bird the opportunity to exhibit greater physical activity. In spacious enclosures, birds play much more than in their cage. Aviaries come in various shapes and sizes. For parrots, the zinc contained in the wire is dangerous, provided that the parrot swallows it. But the risk can be minimized by stripping the zinc off the grate with a wire brush or painting the cage with a special non-toxic paint. A variety of poles and branches must be placed along the inner walls of the enclosure. Birds climb, adhering to them with their beak, and thus, they do not grab onto the wire. The more opportunities a parrot has in the enclosure for outdoor activities, the less likely it will be to taste a wire fence. Half of the enclosure must be covered with plywood so that the bird can take shelter there from the sun or birds flying by.
The importance of a change of scenery. Many parrots suffer if they do not have the opportunity to experience the joy of freedom of movement. This feeling is in their blood. Parrots need us humans to introduce them to our world, teach them how to live in it, and let them take their own place in this world. For happiness, they need much more than just a cage. They need the same opportunity for movement in our world that they would have in their own. They need a change of scenery.
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