There is not one standard when it comes to breeding and raising parrots. However, most breeders follow these simple rules. The first concerns handling the baby parrot after it hatches. It is imperative to get nutritious food into the small hatchling right away. Some breeders feed the hatchlings by hand to insure the parrot ingests the proper nutrients. After the initial feeding the baby parrot must be weaned from that diet and introduced to solid food. For some birds this can be very traumatic and it is best to feed it a diet of fresh produce, warm soft food as well as acceptable seed. Usually a young bird won’t starve. It will eat when it becomes hungry. If you try to force it to eat it might become stressed and most breeders can tell if this is happening.
Another key element of breeding is to let the young bird spread it wings. This is very natural behavior for most birds-parrots or otherwise. You will find that the most experienced and humane breeders will not clip a baby parrots wings until it has mastered this natural skill. The reason is that birds that are allowed to learn the skill of flying seem to be better adjusted and socialized. Another words, they are better pets and show less negative personality traits. After your parrot has learned this skill it’s OK to clip the birds wings to prevent it from damaging your furniture.
A key development skill is taking a bath. In the wild most birds enjoy this simple pleasure. It is a hygienic matter for the young parrot and it can affect the emotional development of the bird. Visit your breeder’s aviary. It is a good way to get a feeling for how the breeder conducts the development process for their birds. Most breeders are proud of their facilities and welcome any questions potential clients have. It is worth it for the difference in cost to use a breeder. It’s a surefire way to guarantee that the history and background of your potential parrot purchase is readily available and that information is critical to a happy healthy and well-adjusted parrot.