Keeping Bird Happy and Healthy, We have two Green Cheek Conures in the house, their names are George now 2 years old and Willow about 1 year old. They are a male and female bonded pair, who are very playful and affectionate. They also speak, being able to say hello and peoples names. They do tend to get loud, and their diet consists of pellets and fruit (the fruit can be dry) seeds and nuts.
According to wikipedia the following are some facts about the Green Cheek Conure which is a parakeet. The green-cheeked conure (Pyrrhura molinae) is a small parrot of the genus Pyrrhura, which is part of a long-tailed group of the New World parrot subfamily Arinae. This type of parrot is generally called a conure in aviculture. It is native to the forests of South America.
We spend time with the birds and this seems to make them happy, almost like they are extended members of the family. Bonding and socialization seems to be a very important aspect, although these two birds seem very domesticated, having been with us since birth. To some degree these birds are exotic, and are handled on a regular basis. Neglecting their psychological and emotional well-being can lead to all manner of destructive behaviors like feather picking. This doesn’t happen, as for at least an hour or two a day, she handles and plays with her feathered friends to fulfill their social needs. This helps keep them well adjusted and feeling good about life.
A fresh, balanced diet is crucial to the health of the birds. As mentioned earlier the birds have a good balance of pellets, fruit seeds and nuts. Feeding fresh foods not only ensures the birds are getting the proper vitamins and nutrients, but also exposes them to new and different things, which keeps them excited and mentally stimulated. They have plenty of water as well.
They have pretty good accommodation as well, as we can’t be with them 24 by 7. We have made sure they have a comfortable and entertaining place to live while the family is away. This started with choosing the appropriate cage for the size and species of bird. Filled the cage with plenty of enrichment’s (perches, toys, and other cage accessories) to keep our feathered pals engaged. The birds are much like the younger children in the family as they can grow bored with the same old toys. So we collect various cage enrichment’s that are periodically switched out to keep their large cage environment sufficiently stimulating.
The birds can actually say a few words, which is entertaining, in fact, the birds learnt very quickly because they bonded with my daughter. Teaching our feathered friends tricks is great for their brains, but it’s also great for our overall relationship. The training sessions were short, fun, and consistent, and we didn’t expect too much too fast, but there was a gradual progression. With a little patience and lots of practice, our birds were entertaining our friends and family in no time!
Birds, like all of us, need exercise! In the wild, birds fly, forage, and stay on the lookout for predators. These everyday necessities provide plenty of exercise. However, birds in captivity do not have these opportunities. As a result, we have made a concerted effort to provide our birds with enough physical exercise. Providing them with physically challenging toys (ropes and ladders, for example), playing games, allowing them plenty of play time outside the cage, and teaching the birds tricks are all ways to make sure George and Willow get the physical stimulation that is so important to their well-being.
It would be great to hear from you if you have a special bird in your life. How do you keep him or her healthy and happy? Tell us in the comments section!
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