BITING

If your parrots starting to bite then this page is to help you understand why, the page is packed with information and tips on how to try and change it's behaviour.

Most parrot owners find their parrot reaches maturity at the age of 4-7 and they change from the lovably baby they had into a bird with stroppy teen syndrome, they may start to bite, scream and generally push the boundaries. This is due to the dreaded hormones! All parrots will go through this but it’s how we as owners deal with it, that leads to how they grow up and act as adults.

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CAGES

Buying the right cage for your parrot is very important. Just buying the first cheap cage you see that is labelled up for your parrot is not the right way to go!

If your parrot is going to be spending a lot of time in there it needs to be spacious! So buying a macaw size cage for a African grey is not a bad thing, when buying cages just make sure the bar spacing is correct as you don’t want you parrot trying to escape and getting stuck!

A parrot’s cage is its home so making it as interesting, colourful, fun and spacious is a great thing.

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EGG LAYING

If you have a Parrot that has suddenly laid an egg... Congratulations you have a girl! If you have a Female parrot then at some point in their life between the ages of 2-10 depending on the species you will find your loveable cuddly quiet baby WILL change!

They will become nippy, grumpy, and loud they may also take to one person in the house hold more than normal... ALL of this is NORMAL!!!

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HARNESSES

Harness training your parrot it a great thing to achieve as it gives them loads of freedom and allows you to go outside the house together. It also provides more stimulation for your parrot.

Harness training is NOT an easy thing and will take longer than a day. You need to be patient with your feathered friend when training and provide lots of positive reinforcements. 

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ILLNESSES

When we talk about parrot illnesses we could go on for hours and hours as there is so much to cover, but what we will try to do is talk about the common illnesses and how you can spot signs of illness in your parrot.

PLEASE REMEMBER WE ARE NOT VETS SO IF YOU SUSPECT YOUR PARROT IS ILL YOU SHOULD CONTACT YOUR AVIAN VET.

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PLUCKING

On this page we will try and help you understand feather plucking/mutilation that can happen with your parrot.

Did you know Parrots DONT PLUCK in the wild!! It is something they have learnt in our care to tell us that something is wrong!

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SCREAMING

A Screaming Parrot is all too common in captivity, we have to realise Parrots in the wild do call each other so this is not a "Problem" behaviour, but this does not mean your parrot should be continually screaming throughout the day!

The most common advice we hear is to cover the bird up until its stops screaming or just ignore it and it will stop eventually these will not help these will make matters worse! There are many reasons for calling and screaming including lots of different environment situations and in some rare cases a physical illness.

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TOYS

All Parrots no matter how big or small are extremely intelligent and playful they must have toys to keep them amused and these toys where possible must be rotated weekly, kept clean and intact.

If you work it’s always a good idea to buy the biggest cage possible so they have plenty of room to move around and lots of toys to keep them amused. If you are not sure about what cage to buy then a quick call to Scarlett’s parrot essentials will help you.

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TRAINING

What is Clicker Training?
Want your parrot to behave a certain way but don’t speak Budgie, Cockatiel, Senegal, Macaw or Cockatoo? Clicker training is an ideal way to bridge the language barrier and communicate with your parrot in a fun and rewarding way.

Clicker training your bird will keep their mind occupied and allow you to interact with them as never before.

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