If you purchased a parrot and, as a responsible owner, got acquainted with the recommendations for its contents, then you know that one of the prerequisites for living in a cage is to allow the bird to fly. It is logical that some time after the purchase the feathered owner faces 2 important questions: when can I offer a parrot the first time to fly and how to do it right. Look for answers in our article.
Do I need to release
Flying around an apartment or home for domestic parrots is very important. Do not forget: in order for the feathered pet to be comfortable living with you and for it to be healthy, you should create conditions close to natural conditions for it.
So, many people try to place branches of trees and shrubs in the cage as additives – this allows the paws of the bird to develop correctly and makes it feel like it is sitting on a tree, as in natural conditions.
The same situation with wings is unnatural if they are always folded and the bird will constantly sit. Wings need a “charge." In addition, the state of flight for the bird is natural and very pleasant; you should not deprive it of this pleasure.
If, for a long time, you do not allow the bird to fly, this can lead to such negative consequences as:
- decreased or lack of appetite;
- severe weight loss up to dystrophy or the development of obesity;
- disturbances in the activity of the nervous system;
- muscle atrophy of the wings.
The latter is the worst outcome of no flights. If the parrot does not fly for a long time, its muscles will become weak and will no longer be able to hold its body during flights. In this situation, nothing can help the bird – the parrot will simply become disabled.
The ideal option for keeping parrots is a spacious cage or aviary. In such conditions, the bird will be able to decide when to fly.
For example, a cage with a length of 60 cm, a width of 40 cm and a height of 50 cm is considered optimal for a budgerigar. In this, he will be able to stretch his wings. For flights you need a dwelling with large dimensions.
If this is not possible, and the feathered lives in modest conditions, then you should make it a rule to regularly release your pet for walking around the apartment.
How to release a parrot for the first time
The first flight after acquiring a bird may be the most problematic. Usually the owners are most worried about him. Moreover, they care not only when and how to release the bird from the cage, but also how to return it back. We have selected for you some tips on how to perform these actions.
Experienced owners and bird watchers unanimously advise you not to rush to release the parrot, but wait until the bird adapts well to new living conditions and a new owner. This usually takes at least 2 weeks. This is exactly what a feathered person needs to overcome stress and get used to changing their place of residence.
At first, it is advised to cover one part of the cage with a dense tissue so that the bird can find refuge and hide from human eyes.
During the adaptation period, the bird can refuse food, shy away from people. You should be patient, be affectionate with her, try to establish communication. Food and water can still be put on the floor. In the evenings, it will be necessary to put a finger in the cage and invite the bird to sit on it, as if in an attack. It is also necessary to offer food from the hand.
After the parrot began to use food and water without problems, it ceased to be afraid of communicating with the owner and, for example, can easily sit on his finger and take food from his hand, most likely he and you are ready for a new stage – release from the cage .
How to do it right
When you saw that your pet is ready to leave your home, and decided on this yourself, you should prepare a room to protect the bird from various dangers.
It is worth implementing such actions:
- Close windows and doors, restricting the movement of the feathered only one room.
- Remove plants from the room and from the windows.
- To hang up mirrors and glasses.
- Limit access to gaps between furniture.
- Remove other pets.
- Make sure that there are no open containers with water in the room, this also applies to the aquarium.
- Check that there are no sharp or other objects that could injure the feathered bird.
The first flight is best planned in the evening – during this period, the bird is less active and more accommodating.
Perhaps the bird will also need to be taught to open the door – every evening, coming home from work, open it, thereby giving the parrot a signal that he has the opportunity to fly.
If the bird does not respond to the invitation, it may not be ready yet. Give her time to get used to the open door or try to attract her attention with any toys outside or a playground.
However, the most important thing is that the bird feels safe when flying. Behave as usual, do not make sudden movements, do not make loud noises, do not let children and other pets into the room for some time, try not to closely monitor the behavior of the pet, do it as inconspicuously as possible.
How often do you need to release a parrot
Ideally, a parrot in a small cage should be released every day for 2–4 hours. If this is not possible, then at least 3-4 times a week.
Those birds that live in spacious dwellings can be offered less frequent walks.
It is not recommended to give the parrot freedom for the whole day – he may not want to return to the cage at all, will scream and worry in it.
Be prepared for the fact that some individuals do not want to leave their home at all, in which case you need to make sure that it is spacious.
How to get a bird back
You should also be prepared for the fact that returning the bird to the cage will not be easy, so the first flight must be planned for the day when you will have a lot of time to tinker with the pet.
The most effective method is to offer food to a hungry parrot, especially if it will be some kind of delicacy, so the parrot should be returned in time for the time when it usually eats.
Thus, flying for a parrot is vital, almost the same as walking in the fresh air and movement for people. If the bird does not stretch its wings for a long time, this will adversely affect its health, and besides, it causes suffering to it.
You can release the bird when it is ready and at its request. Before flying, it is necessary to check that the room does not contain dangers for the bird, for example, open windows, water containers, places where the bird can get stuck.
Remember that it is not easy for a parrot to navigate in a new environment and make its first flight, perhaps even the first in its life, so try to create comfortable conditions for it, be affectionate, attentive and ready to help him in case of difficulties.