Provide Toys and Chewable Treats
Birds are playful by nature, which means they love toys. Toys can help alleviate boredom if your bird is home alone for lengthy periods of time. They can also encourage exercise. Birds love to chew on toys and food, and chewing helps keep their beaks in top condition, so it’s important that you provide your parrot with plenty of chewable toys. Chewable toys include pinecones, rawhide chews, natural fiber rope, and tree branches. Some birds even like to tear up cardboard and corn on the cob.
Assist Your Parrot with Grooming
The good news here is that most parrots don’t require a lot of grooming. For many birds, nail and wing trimming will do the trick. The AAV guidelines suggest trimming your bird’s nails when they become sharp or uncomfortable to handle. Before clipping your bird’s wings, consult your vet. Some owners choose to not clip their birds’ wings in order to let their birds fly around freely. If you choose to leave your bird’s wings unclipped, be sure their flying space prevents escape.
Finally, let your bird bathe often. Most birds enjoy splashing around in the bath to keep their feathers in immaculate condition, but each bird is a little different. Some prefer to shower in a sink or under a faucet, while others like to be misted from a spray bottle or splash around in a shallow dish of water.