One creature that has forever amazed me is the pet parrot. My aunt had a pet parrot and as a child, I used to enjoy visiting her. The parrot was amusing and extremely friendly. Since my husbands death, I have been alone. This had lead me to spend a lot of time looking at aged pictures. More so, the ones of when I was a child and visiting my aunt to see her parrot. The photos made me think if I should purchase a parrot to replace the vacuum left in my life.
The setback was that I did not know anything at all, about caring for a parrot. Time and patience were the single things needed according to my aunt. The Crisis was that patience was not my strong point. With the right care I knew a parrot would be the perfect pet for me. I would give the parrot friendship and in return, it would become my buddy. The library would be the perfect place to cram up on how to look after pet birds.
The library book was ideal, packed with notes. It advised purchasing a big enough cage to allow the parrot to move around comfortably, to spread its wings. Day-by-day, I would need to place paper at the bottom of the cage. This would catch all mess and food. This wouldn’t be a glitch, I always have the hoover on standby. The bird would also require toys to keep it entertained as well as a perch to stand on. Don’t forget the food and water bowls.
Some birds also like to take a wash in clean water so I should provide a small bird bath as well. Most importantly, it needed a varied diet to gain all the vitamins it needed. Certain grain foods, nuts, fruit and veggies are ideal things to feed them.After reading the book, I realised that keeping a parrot is not trouble-free work. It didn’t put me off though as there was also the prospect of teaching it how to talk. Apparently vocal contact is exceedingly important, that was OK with me as sometimes I never shut up.The next day, I went to the pet shop. There I came across the most friendly pretty African grey Parrot. The staff member said it was a very loving bird. The staff member was also able to give me further pointers such as not using chemicals to clean the cage. So I bought the cage, toys, food and water bowls, a few more books and of course the parrot.
Dolly is the name of my new parrot and she is such a great friend. We bonded straight away and I can’t imagine life without her. Much of the advice, tips and hints that have been given to me came from the internet. From the internet, I learned how to keep them on cloud nine to what to do if they were ill.