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    How To Look After Amazons

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    Amazons are one of the most beautiful of all tropical birds – and perhaps that shouldn’t be a surprise considering their name and origins. Keeping these birds as pets can be hugely rewarding, but also quite daunting if you have little experience with parrot care. To learn more about caring for Amazons, read this guide.



     

    How To Look After Amazons

    • Before you buy, ask yourself whether you really have the commitment and dedication to look after these time-consuming pets. Amazons can be wonderful pets, dazzling all and sundry with their colourful feathers, but they can also be hard work, from cleaning out the cage to topping up the water supply. And they can also live for a very long time – in some cases over 50 years – so there’s a lot to bear in mind before purchasing one of these parrots.

    • The cage will be all-significant in determining the health and happiness of your parrots. It’s vital to buy a cage where the parrot(s) can literally spread their wings and enjoy a reasonable amount of space. Amazon parrots can be very lively, so it’s essential to allow them ample room for physical activity.

    • Overcome any nerves about handling the parrot in the early stages – it’s important to introduce regular handling sessions outside of the Amazon cage to build up your bond with the parrot and as a break for the parrot from the confinements of the cage.

    • Amazon parrots like nothing more than to splash around in some water, so make sure your bird has the ability to bathe and groom itself regularly

    • Illness and disease can be encouraged if the cage is not cleaned out on a regular basis. Try and do this once a week, perhaps at the same time as the parrot enjoys a little freedom from the cage. Parrots can be very susceptible to bacterial infections, so make sure the cage remains in a reasonable condition and that any contaminated  food and droppings are removed swiftly. Looking after Amazons is a wonderful experience provided you put some time and effort into parrot care.


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