Parrots for Sale
Parrots can be a bit of an oddball pet, but can be very rewarding companions! They even show limited cognitive learning skills with speech and seem to be able to carry on a conversation. Few things of beauty on earth rival the plumage of the Parrot. The gloss on the beak is due to oil glands in the skin that are stimulated when the birds preen their feathers. They are most comfortable in the shadows of the tree canopy perched close to the trunk on their favorite branch or tucked away in the hollow of their nest in the wild. Depending on their size, they can live anywhere between 15-20 years or for large parrots 40-70 years with proper care. Uncle Bill's most popular Parrots are the Quaker, Timneh, and Grey species. .
In addition to seeds and pellets, a variety of other foods such as fruits and vegetables can and should be offered regularly to round out the bird's diet. Sources of whole wheat grains like unsweetened fortified cereals (like "Cheerios"), brown rice, cooked oats, and seeds (like those in commercial non-sunflower based seed mixes) work well. Whole grains provide many essential nutrients and are also an excellent source of fiber and carbohydrates, which serve as a source of energy for active metabolisms. Commercial pelleted diets can also be offered as a part of this regimen, but not all birds will accept them as a food source. They can be acclimated to accept pellets in addition to other foods, but it must be done gradually in small increments. The rest of the diet should consist of a mix of fresh fruits and vegetables including dark leafy greens and the occasional offering of some cooked legumes (beans). Avocado should be avoided entirely as it is toxic to birds.
Minimum cage size is approximately 18x22x24", but will most likely be larger based on the size of the parrot. Keep a parrot's cage at or below eye level and away from drafts and open windows. Provide an assortment of perches at a variety of widths and heights and do not place them above food or water bowls. Be sure to give them plenty of toys at all times for mental stimulation, a hiding place or hut, T-stand or playpen for out of the cage play time, and the occasional birdbath using either a mist or warm water bath. Use caution when cooking with non-stick Teflon or using aerosols as the gases can be toxic. Cover cage at night for sleeping and to avoid drafts.
Is a Parrot Right for Me?
As a pet, these birds need lots of space and plenty of hard branches to chew on, as well as a healthy dose of their keeper's time and attention. They can be quite loud during the early morning hours as most parrots are, but the rest of the day, they are relatively quiet, save for sunset, when they might get a little restless and loud as that is when they normally move out to forage again and find water. Parrots love to interact with their caretakers as much as possible, with at least 2 hours of interaction per day. They even show limited cognitive learning skills with speech and seem to be able to carry on a conversation. Training Parrots to mimic human speech is a challenging and especially rewarding experience for the dedicated keeper as they can even learn to mimic words and phrases as well as performing basic commands. These birds are very active and will love spending a lot of time outside their enclosure with their families. Parrots are friendly and can be quite loving and personable companions, with the right amount of attention and care. Please call ahead to the store location you are planning on visiting to confirm that parrots for sale will be available.
At Uncle Bill’s Pet Center, we not only offer Parrots for sale, we also employ a highly trained staff that can assist you in building an appropriate habitat for your new pet, and educate you on the proper care of the animal—making sure you get the most out of your pet ownership adventure!