Blue Fronted Amazon: The Total Environment
“Proper Caging, Enrichment and Diet”
Many owners of companion parrots work full time jobs and have active social calendars. This means that the cage is where most birds wind up spending the majority of their time. When we aren’t available to give them abundant out-of-cage time, we MUST make sure that the cage is a place that offers lots of entertainment, comfort and safety. The cage should be an enjoyable place to be.
Size dimensions: Your blue fornted amazon is an active bird that will make use of every inch of it’s cage. As amazons are prone to obesity, it is important that you provide one the offers lots of space for climbing, vigorous wing flapping and acrobatics during play – the three main ways your amazon will get exercise while inside the cage.
Always think bigger is better when selecting a cage for a blue fronted amazon. Being a medium sized bird with a wingspan of roughly 20″, the MINIMUM cage dimensions should never be less than 30″ width by 24″ diameter by 30″ height for this species. This allows for the wings to be fully extended in either direction and allows clearance for toys and perches, but it should be considered the bare minimum in terms of space.
Bar spacing: For a blue fronted amazon, the bar spacing should be about 1″. Keep in mind that spacing that is too closer together can result in toes being caught and injured during climbing and bar spacing that is too wide can catch wings and heads!
Quality: I think it goes without saying that you should select the best quality cage you call afford. Cages should be powder coated or made from a non-toxic metal such as stainless steel. It should be sturdy in construction, without areas where toes wings, or even tongues can become lodged. It should have locking mechanisms that can’t be defeated by your bird and feeding stations that open outward for safety and convenience.
Be sure to select a cage that is easy to clean – you will spending a lot of time doing just that. It is imperative to keep the birds environment free from the bacterias that grown in old, discarded food. Excessive dried fecal matter presents airborne health risks to both birds and humans.
Safe Cleaning Solutions
Placement: Blue fronted amazons are very social creatures who enjoy being a part of their family’s daily life and activities.To keep your bird well socialized and entertained, be sure to keep the cage in an area well traveled by the family.
Avoid drafty locations, such as by leaky windows and always be aware of what your parrot sees from his cage. The skylight, for instance, that gives a clear view of hawks flying overhead will cause your bird a lot of stress that might lead to fearfullness, screaming and aggression. The cage should be a place where your blue fronted amazon feels totally safe and secure.
Since your parrot is on it’s feet 24/7, the perches you select for the cage are crucially important. Dowel type perching for the average blue fronted amazon should be about 3/4″ to 1″ in diameter. You will know the perch is the right size for your bird when the foot wraps 3/4 of the way around it. However, your bird needs perches throughout the cage that vary in size, shape and texture to maintain good foot health.
TOYS AND ENRICHMENT:
Parrots are highly intelligent creatures. Science has recently begun to compare their intelligence with that of the small primates. Both in the wild and in captivity, they have shown an ability to use tools and practice manipulative and deceptive behaviors to their own ends. And anyone who has a parrot has experienced what can only be described as a sense of humor. Parrots are thinkers.
Consider, then, what it would be like to be an intelligent being locked in a cage all day with absolutely nothing to do to keep mentally stimulated. Consider yourself sitting in an empty room all day, every day. It wouldn’t be much of a life, and after a while one of two things would happen – either you would descend into depression or you would become fighting mad. You could expect a similar decline in the emotional health of a bird.
It is your duty as your bird’s caregiver to be sure that there are a variety of toys always present in the cage.Toys come in many different forms.Some are there to satisfy a bird’s innate need to chew, others provide foraging opportunities. Some present challenges to keep a mind active. They all help fill the hours while a certain feathery roommate awaits your arrival home from work.
- Enrichment For Parrots
- How To Select The Right Toys For Your Bird
- How Parrots Communicate WIth Humans
Training is a major source of enrichment. It includes all the most important aspects of the type of interaction your bird most needs and wants from you. It is uninterrupted one on one time with you. It involves direct eye contact and conversation where your focus is solely on your bird. Most importantly, there is the meeting of the minds between yourself and your bird: a mutual understanding of the goals that are set and reached, and the sense of accomplishment that goes with that.
Providing your bird with a healthy and varied diet is the most important part of your job as a caregiver to a parrot. All other things that you do with your bird’s best interests at heart will be lost on a bird that doesn’t feel well or energized because of a poor diet.
The proper diet should consist largely of fresh foods (vegetables and fruits), grains, and should be supplemented daily with a healthy, natural pellet. Be sure to have a unlimited supply of FRESH, CLEAN drinking water at all times. The links below will answer all of your questions about what to feed your blue fronted amazon, and how to get her to try new foods:
- The 6 Components To A Healthy Parrot Diet
- 3 Tips For Picky Parrots
- Freeze And Thaw Meals
- Way To Sneak Good Foods Into The Diet
- How Often and How Much To Feed Your Bird
- Why A Varied Diet Is Best
- 5 Tips To A Healthy Diet
- Feed Your Flock Pellets
If you are diligent in providing these basics for your blue fronted amazon, you will have laid the foundation for good physical and emotional health, safety and security in your bird’s environment. Your bird will love you for your efforts.
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