Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Waynesboro, VA Coffee time with: Galah "Bondi"
It's really important to include your bird in your daily routine as MUCH as possible. Especially if you're a very scheduled person. Finding those chores and times in the day where your bird can be a part of it all is super important and good for your bird. The more time you spend making sure your parrot is well taken care of, the better off your relationship will be with your bird.
Most parrots are loud in the morning when they wake up and that's completely natural. If you're the type of person that wakes up and has a cup of coffee and some breakfast, and just relaxes before getting your day going in the morning, it might be a really good time for you to include your bird.
While staying in Waynesboro, VA with some friends Bondi (pictured above) got to spend the morning with Jeannie while Jeannie had her morning coffee and walked around the house making sure everything was put away and all the other animals were taken care of. Bondi LOVED going around with her and it meant a lot to the bird, more than can be expressed. It really helps birds behave better throughout the day if they can share in something like that with you early on.
If you can't do it every morning that is okay, because it keeps it random for the bird to where he appreciates it even more when he does come out because he doesn't know when it's going to happen. Think about when you're just sitting there watching a movie, or having a cup of coffee, how your bird might enjoy playing on a play stand or having a little out of cage time, even if it's just for a minute or two, I promise it will make a difference.
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.