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24-10-2009, 16:32

10-11-2009, 21:11
Healthy Parrot Secret #2 in 10 Secrets to
Raising a Healthy Parrot is that when you adopt a parrot,
it's a lifelong vow. And we don't just mean the life
of your new friend.

Your parrot may live as long as you do or, depending on
your age when you adopt your friend, even outlive you!

As crazy as this sounds to those who are unfamiliar with
parrots, it's an important consideration to ponder when

It's not unusual for a healthy, happy parrot to live 50
to 70 or even 80 years. This is the normal aging process
for the larger birds, like the Macaw. The smaller species
of parrots, like the parakeets or the cockatiels, don't
live quite as long. They only live between 13 and 30
years, depending on the type.

The conure species of parrot, if well cared for and
healthy, lives between 25 to 40 years.

You can easily see how when you adopt your parrot –
especially if he's a baby – you may very well be
forming an exceptional bond that could last the better part
of your life, as well as your new friend's life.

If you're interested in the lifespan of that African Grey
Parrot you have your eye on in the pet shop, visit
http://parrotcareadvice.com/tips/ to discover how long of
commitment you can expect to make!

In Healthy Parrot Secret #3 of 10 Secrets to Raising a
healthy, Happy Parrot, you'll gain a sneak peak at just a
few of the literally hundreds of species of parrots from
which you can choose as your new friend.

Cheers, John.

GAB Associates Ltd
Drake House
Cheshire CW9 7RA
United Kingdom

10-11-2009, 21:12
What do macaws, cockatiels, African greys, and conures all
have in common? Each of them is a different species of
parrot. They may differ in size and color, but believe it
or not, each of them is related.

In today's secret, we'll just reveal a very few of the
diverse sub-species of parrots from which you can choose to
be your new feathered companion.

The African grey parrot is widely known for his habit of
feather plucking. Yes! If he's been abused or stressed,
this is a habit he may acquire. He may also begin to pluck
his feathers if his diet isn't healthy.

An African grey parrot grows to be about 13 inches, and
he's one of the birds who has a longer life; he can live
between 40 and 60 years. But he's also known for his
capabilities to mimic all sorts of sounds, in addition to
developing and parroting speech patterns.

Another bird in this diverse group is the much more
familiar parakeet. These are, without a doubt, among the
best known of the parrot species. Think of a big
personality inside a small parrot body, and you have the
makings of a parakeet.

An "international" choice of parrot is the Australian
"budgie". This is the nickname given to the
budgerigar, a brilliant green and yellow variety of parrot.
He's gentle and friendly.

Considering an Amazon parrot for adoption? Well, you have
27 subspecies from which to choose. And while you're
browsing these fine birds, give a 'tip of your hat' to
Christopher Columbus. According to legend, he's
responsible for bringing this particular species to North

Found in many areas of South America, this green parrot has
short wings. But don't let his wing span fool you -
he's definitely not short on intelligence. Scientists
believe that an average Amazon parrot is every bit as smart
as a dolphin, or a monkey. A natural talker, he's also an
expert at imitating a wide range of sounds.

I've only had room to introduce you to a mere four of the
more than 350 species of parrots that exist in this world.
If you're thinking about owning a parrot, you're sure
to find a species that suits you completely.

I'm sorry that I didn't have time to talk about one of
my favorites, the Quaker parrot. If you want to learn more
about him, visit http://parrotcareadvice.com/tips/

In Healthy Parrot Secret #4, we'll clue you in a little
known fact about parrots – their natural sleep patterns.
Is your parrot getting enough rest? You may be surprised at
the answer.

Cheers, John.

GAB Associates Ltd
Drake House
Cheshire CW9 7RA
United Kingdom

10-11-2009, 21:13
So you've brought your parrot home with you. You have
him all set up in his gorgeous cage in the family room, and
he seems happy enough there. So why, you ask, does he seem
to be developing some . . . well, as best as you can
determine "psychological" problems?

In Healthy Parrot Secret #4, we'll tell you what may be
bothering your friend. In fact, if you place your bird in
a noisy room, especially one that gets used extensively in
the evening, your beloved Polly may actually be sleep

If he seems irritable, grouchy, or just plain out of sorts,
you may want to evaluate his sleep patterns. Your bird's
ancestors are natives of the tropical zones. There are
about the same number of hours in the day and the night in
countries around the equator. This means that your bird's
ancestors normally begin their nightly sleep routine right
around dusk.

So, given this information, you really need to allow for a
minimum of 12 hours of sleep to keep your new family member
healthy and happy. Any less than that, and you may discover
that you not only have to use tooth picks to prop his eyelids
open, but you will be dealing with a very grouchy bird!

If you do have your friend's cage in a room where the
television runs late into the evening, you should find a
new home for it. It should be in an area where he can see
the family throughout the day, but also experience some
peace and quiet as dusk falls. In this way, he can indulge
his social skills, but still be able to sleep when it gets

Who knew a parrot needed his beauty sleep?

In the next secret, we'll reveal another factor that may
be causing your new friend undue stress. In the meantime,
if you want to learn more about parrots, visit

Cheers, John.

GAB Associates Ltd
Drake House
Cheshire CW9 7RA
United Kingdom

10-11-2009, 21:13
Okay, so you've moved Polly's cage out of the living
room and away from all those marvelous TV shows that you
watch. And you've learned that it's not that your
friend doesn't appreciate the entertainment, it's just
he's not cut out for those late nights.

Yet, you discover that he's still grouchy, irritable, and
just plain unhappy. So, what's going on?

Consider this: "You can take the parrot out of the
flock, but you can't take the flock out of the parrot".
Yes! Your new friend is in need of some friends. But before
you run out, and adopt several more parrots to keep him
company, try spending more time with him.

The bottom line is that a parrot is a very sociable
animal. His ancestors and his wild cousins travel in
flocks. They actually enjoy each other's company! Your
parrot has a much larger spectrum of emotion than you can

Review the time you do spend with Polly. Consider not only
the hours you spend, but also his reaction to that time.
You can probably already tell that he loves to be with you.
Not only does he love it, but he needs it for his emotional,
and psychological well-being.

Look at him right now. You can see that he's foraging for
food. That, in the parrot world, is normally a social hour
for them. While you don't want to spoil your parrot, you
do want him to be happy.

Don't be afraid to take him out of his cage every day,
and spend some one-on-one time with him. He'll always
consider himself to be a member of a flock. And, more than
that, he sees you as a member of his flock too.

If you can do this, you're well on your way to raising a
happy, healthy parrot!

In Healthy Parrot Secret #6, we learn why your parrot needs
this specific type of "people food".

Visit http://parrotcareadvice.com/tips/ for more parrot

Cheers, John.

GAB Associates Ltd
Drake House
Cheshire CW9 7RA
United Kingdom

10-11-2009, 21:14
Ah… just look at the two of you there. It’s a match
made in junk food heaven. The couch potato, and his
companion, the junk food parrot.

If this describes your relationship with your parrot, then
your parrot needs a nutritional makeover - and fast!
Consider for a moment your attachment to junk food.

Do you feel the need – thanks to the persistent squawks
and squeals of your parrot – to share the peanut butter
filled pretzels with Polly? Be honest, we’ve all fed our
birds potato chips, corn chips, even cheese puffs on

However, when these treats become daily treats, you
definitely need to revamp the nutritional status of your

Your parrot, like most of us, will gladly take that junk
food. But you may have noticed that when he does, he eats
fewer of the fruits, vegetables, and other foods that are
abundant in the phytonutrients that he needs.

Your parrot may be eating, but the chances are, if you’re
sharing your processed, packaged and junk foods with him, he
may also be malnourished. And that could be a
life-threatening situation for your beloved friend.

The answer: The same answer that the doctor would
recommend for you. You need to reduce, and hopefully
eliminate, those empty calories, and replace them with
healthy whole foods, jam-packed with a variety of
antioxidants and nutrients.

If you’re interested in learning just what types of
fruits and vegetables your parrot craves, turn to
http://parrotcareadvice.com/tips/. Here, you’ll learn
what your bird really wants to eat. You will also learn
why he really doesn’t need to eat a “lunch.”

In Healthy Parrot Secret #7, you'll discover whether or not
it’s time that your feathered friend had a new home – in
the form of a larger cage.

Cheers, John.

GAB Associates Ltd
Drake House
Cheshire CW9 7RA
United Kingdom

10-11-2009, 21:14
Just how large a house does a parrot need? That’s pretty
much a question most first-time parrot parents ask. In
Healthy Parrot Secret #7, we’ll settle that problem once
and for all. And you’ll discover that figuring out this
problem is deceivingly simple.

The first thing you need to realize is that this cage
becomes your new friend’s home. If you were looking for
a house for yourself, you’d no doubt find the best home
within your price range. And more than likely, you would
want the largest house you could afford. Who wouldn’t?

So, take a second look at those cages. Regardless of
whether you’re expecting to adopt a small or a large
parrot species, my suggestion is to buy the largest,
practical cage that fits your price range.

Trust me on this one, you won’t regret it. The bigger
the cage your pet bird has, the more freedom he will
experience, and the more comfortable he will be.

When choosing a cage, remember to consider the overall
width of the parrot cage. Here’s a great rule of thumb
when deciding on the size of cage you need. Estimate the
wingspan of your new parrot – or the species you intend
to adopt. Multiply this by four to get the minimum height
of the cage you should purchase. Take the wingspan and
multiply by three. This gives you an idea of the smallest
depth the cage should be. Now multiply by 2.5 to calculate
the minimum width the cage should be.

This area gives your bird more welcome space to fly from
one side of the cage to other. You’ll have one happy and
content bird!

In the next secret, we’ll reveal how your choice of
parrot species may affect your odds of getting your parrot
to talk.

In the meantime, check out
http://parrotcareadvice.com/tips/ to learn more about why
the toys you choose for your parrot are so important.

Cheers, John.

GAB Associates Ltd
Drake House
Cheshire CW9 7RA
United Kingdom

10-11-2009, 21:15
Polly wants a cracker. The constant companion atop the
shoulder of the proverbial pirate who sails the seven seas.
These are typically most people’s responses when they
think of a parrot.

For the most part, you think of a bird that talks. In
fact, so well known are these birds for their remarkable
ability to mimic what we say, that the word “parrot” is
even used as a verb.

“He parroted back the teacher’s argument.”

So how can you be sure that the bird you’re considering
adopting will eventually talk? The truth is that you’ll
never know for sure, it’s merely a matter of probability
– not certainty. But there are certain choices you can
make to increase those odds.

First, choose a baby parrot. We’ve already noted that if
you train a parrot at a young age, he’s far more likely to
learn how to talk. But more than that, he’s actually more
likely to keep learning throughout his entire life.

You can also choose certain species of parrots who are
known to be easier to train, and are known “talkers.”
One of these is the African grey. Without a doubt, this
particular bird is the most well known of all the parrots
who talk. This bird is also known for his ability to adopt
a large vocabulary, and for his native intelligence.

Another talker in the parrot world is the Quaker parrot. A
medium sized bird, the Quaker parrot is an impressive talker
when he wants to be. And in addition to words, and short
phrases, he’ll repeat back various sounds he hears around
him as well.

If a parrot who talks is important to you, then definitely
take a serious look at the Budgie. He may be a little more
difficult to train to talk, but once they learn, it’s
almost as if they never stop talking!

You may also want to investigate the possibility of owning
an Indian ringneck parakeet. This bird has a crystal clear
voice. In addition to that, he’s an absolutely stunningly
beautiful bird, with brilliantly colored feathers.

In our next secret, we’ll reveal some of the more common
illnesses that parrots may contract. If, in the meantime,
you’re curious about the most effective method of
teaching your parrot to speak, go to

Cheers, John.

GAB Associates Ltd
Drake House
Cheshire CW9 7RA
United Kingdom

10-11-2009, 21:16
Actually, you can tell more from your parrot than you can
imagine just from his appearance. A bird’s plumage should
just look healthy. The coloring should be bright, the
appearance should be smooth. Additionally, he should be
able to keep himself clean. There should be no dirt
hanging from his feet or his beak.

If you have any doubts about the general overall health of
your bird, take him into your veterinarian. It’s better
to catch any health problem in its early stages. If there
isn't any problem, then you’ve at least gained some peace
of mind.

If you can’t get into see your vet immediately, one of
the steps you can take to help ease a potential health
crisis, is to place your bird in a warm, draft-free
environment. A room that has a temperature between 86 to
88 degrees would make him feel like he was right back in
the tropics of South America. But also keep in mind that
these birds can’t stand to be confined in small areas.
So, if you can find a larger room (like an attic or shed)
it would suit him just fine.

One thing you want to avoid is your bird sitting in a
draft. Drafts aren't at all healthy for him. And you also
want to keep in mind that your bird is a tropical bird -
warm weather is his friend.

In order to keep your parrot healthy, you’ll want to try
to check his perch regularly for various types of bacteria
and parasites. Parasites, believe it or not, are very
often the cause of avian illness.

If, in the meantime, you want to learn what it means if
your parrot is perching on both legs, go to

In our tenth and final secret, discover why “feed a
fever; starve a cold” doesn’t work when it comes to the
health of your parrot.

Cheers, John.

GAB Associates Ltd
Drake House
Cheshire CW9 7RA
United Kingdom

10-11-2009, 21:16
The old adage - feed a fever, and starve a cold - does not
apply to birds. Never withhold food from your parrot,
because you believe he’s too ill to eat. In fact, the
opposite is true. When he’s ill, try to get your parrot
to eat anything. Entice him with all his favorite foods if
you have to.

The digestive tract of a bird is unique in the animal
kingdom. Knowing how it works is crucial to being a good
parrot parent. If it appears that your parrot needs to eat
almost constantly, your observation is right on the mark. A
parrot is in danger of starving if he doesn’t eat for more
than a day. In fact, your new pet can’t go without food
for more than 30 to 35 hours. And this is if he’s
healthy. If he’s sick, food is even more crucial to his
well being.

If you’ve never owned a parrot before, this may sound a
little strange, but a healthy bird rests on one foot. The
exception to this is the young parrot, who initially needs
to use both feet to keep his balance. If your parrot is
sitting on both of his feet, or closing one or both of his
eyes, he probably isn’t feeling his best. Pay a visit to
your vet ASAP.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this 10-part e-course as much as I
have. If you want to keep the information on parrots
coming, you must visit http://parrotcareadvice.com/tips/.
Here you’ll find even more secrets of raising a happy,
healthy parrot.

Cheers, John.

GAB Associates Ltd
Drake House
Cheshire CW9 7RA