Should I spray my parrot with water?

A recent question, and a very common question I get asked is how often should I spray my parrot, or should I spray my parrot with water?

This is something that I wouldn’t really recommend at all, but it seems to be common knowledge on the internet that it’s good for parrots. After travelling around the world as an avian consultant and visiting many of the largest parrot collections, of birds that are in perfect condition, with a lot of these collections the birds are never sprayed at all. Also some parrots, if they suddenly get sprayed get very scared indeed, especially nervous parrot species like African Greys. If African Greys, and some of the Cockatoo species get suddenly shocked by being sprayed by water, this can cause feather problems. Many times at Bird World we had African Greys come in, and other parrots, and the cause of their feather problems was because they got scared by someone suddenly spraying them two or three times a week, because they’d heard that it was a good thing for their parrot.

If you spray your parrot now, and it’s enjoying it and loving it, there is no need to stop. But, your parrots don’t need to be sprayed with water, so don’t start suddenly doing it and scaring them, because rather than making their plumage better (which is maybe what you were hoping to do), you can stress them so much that they start losing some of their feathers.

If you think your parrot would like a bath, by all means put a large bowl of water in the cage, and if they need to preen or soak themselves with water they will probably make an awful mess and thoroughly enjoy it.  If you can cope with that, that won’t do them any harm at all.

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What can you do if you have a noisy parrot at home?

A question we get commonly asked by people is what they can do if they have a noisy parrot at home, and it’s nearly always for the same reason.

It can be a new parrot, or a parrot that someone has had for years and their behaviour seems to have changed. These are very intelligent birds and often it starts by accident. We’ll get phone calls where the bird is screaming, talking, shouting a lot, various things going on when the owner isn’t in the room. Now what’s happening with this situation is quite simple – the parrot wants attention, having similar intelligence to that of a young child. At some point the parrot realises that when the owner leaves the room, and it is by itself, if they start screeching and making as much noise as they can, then the owner comes back into the room to see what’s wrong with the parrot – and this can be the start of the problem.

As soon as the bird clicks, and with their intelligence it’s very quickly, that they can do this and the owner comes back in the room, they’ve got the attention that they were looking for – and then this happens all the time. Unfortunately the only thing you can do about it is try to retrain your parrot. So the first part of it is to completely ignore your bird when they’re screaming and shouting, until the point that they give up. When they stop screaming, and it all goes quiet, it can be time to walk back into the room perhaps – just to say hello to your bird and give them a treat. This retraining programme can take a very, very long time – so be warned that if your bird suddenly starts to make a noise, it’s not always a good idea to go and see if their ok as it could be the start of a very long and noisy process.

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Palm Nuts

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Palm nuts are the natural diet for a large number of parrots, especially birds like African Grey parrots, where palm nuts are over 70% of their diet. It’s not the nut in the middle that they eat, it is the yellow, oily flesh around the nut and being their natural diet its full of vitamins and extremely good for their feather condition. We import palm nuts into the UK because its part of our range of some of the best quality feeds that we can get for birds. With palm nuts, they are a product that when we send them out, they are frozen, this is because they are a fruit. But they are so oily that if they get defrosted in transport, which they normally do, they will not deteriorate in a 24 hour period. Once you get a bag of palm nuts from us, the first thing you need to do is put them straight into the deep freeze. When you come to feed your parrot, the best thing way is to feed them one palm nut, per bird, per day. At one time I had a collection of 50 pairs of African Grey parrots, and we gave all the birds out there a palm nut everyday and it makes a big difference. To start with, when you go to feed palm nuts, African Greys and some of the other parrots will typically wonder what on earth it is, because they may not have seen this natural product before. The best way is to remove the other food for the first twelve hours or so and put the palm nut in there and slowly get them used to eating this. With the fifty pairs of birds that I had, it took me about two weeks by which 49 of the 50 pairs were eating the palm nuts. You’ll find that one nut per day is quite adequate for the bird, and this will help keep them in very good condition. If they do not eat the palm nut, the palm nut can stay there for up to 48 hours. After that time, the palm nut will need removing and throwing away. If your birds will not eat palm nuts, and most will, then the second best product would be our palm extract.

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This, as the name suggests, comes from palm nuts, and this can easily be put on a piece of toast to feed to your parrot, and it is by far the next best thing. If you’re not feeding your african grey parrots or other parrots palm nuts, we would suggest that you do try this for your birds as you can not give them a better product than one that they eat from the wild.

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If you have any questions whatsoever about feeding your parrot, or palm nuts, please do not hesitate to contact Rob Harvey who would be pleased to advise you on 01420 23986.

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