A Rescued Moustache parrakket

by Mary Mac
(NY)

We have aquired a moustache parrakeet from an aquaintance that found him over 1 year ago in his yard. For that year he was kept in a large enough cage with no frills. His perch was an old metal curtain rod and his dishes old pint size takeout soup containers.

his only option for chewing was a cuddle bone which appears to have not been touched. In the 2 weeks he is with me I have slowly changed his enviorment adding a wooden perch, afew simple toys and food dishes with perches and a bathing bowl.

He is tame and semi-friendly but shows no interest in doing anything like chewing, playing, bathing... He appears to be in good health. His feathers are neat and his beak and nails are not overgrown. I have no parrot experiance. Do you think he is ok?

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Oct 29, 2009
A Rescued Moustache parrakket
by: Linda

The very first thing you need to do is take him to an Avian vet in your area for a checkup. If he was found in someone's yard, he is probably carrying some kind of infection. The Avian vet will check him for infections and/or parasites and probably do a little bloodwork to see if his organs are in good shape.

He needs to be changed over from an all seed diet to a pelleted one. Harrison's is the best one on the market, and the change takes some time, so read directions about that.

Tracie also has some books, so find one about your bird and study up on it. You are doing good with the cage changes, just make sure perches are natural wood branches which can be found in pet stores and in online stores. They usually come with the hardware to install them. The safe woods are Birch, Maple, Manzanita and Apple. If you make any perches for him, make sure trees are safe wood and that they have NEVER been sprayed with either pesticides or fertilizers both of which become part of the tree and will poison birds. Just buy them already done, and you can't go wrong.

Some birds take a while to warm up to toys, so just leave what you have in there. Make sure it is the correct size toy for your size bird. Learn all you can about your new family member so you know what to look for in a sick bird or how to spot other problems.Also household chemicals can kill birds. Use no pinesol, ammonia, room deoderizers, scented candles. Glues, hairspray and smoke will also kill birds, so do some reading and make you home safe for your new bird.Perfumes and after-shaves will also kill them, so it would be a good idea to read up on dangerous plants and products for birds.

Thanks for giving him a good home and take him to vet soon as you can to make sure he is healthy so he and you will be happy. It is good to take them once a year for a well bird checkup which will catch some problems very early before they get bad. Thanks for writing,
Linda

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