Should I have my parrots’ wings clipped?
Absolutely not. If you don’t want a pet that can fly, get a goldfish! Parrots’ health and mental well-being are compromised by being rendered flightless. Flying – even in a controlled area – builds musculature, improves the respiratory and cardio-vascular systems, and increases a bird’s confidence that it can escape from danger. What’s more, the very act of cutting across the quills causes irritation and can lead to plucking or self-mutilation.
I like to have my parrot sitting on my shoulder. Is that ok?
No. Even the most gentle parrot could bite an ear or an eye, so best to train your parrot to remain on your hand so you have control of any given situation.
Is it true that Teflon is bad for parrots?
Yes; non-stick pans, if overheated, emit fumes which are highly toxic to parrots and can cause death in seconds. Keep parrots out of the kitchen!
My parrot loves chocolate – is it ok for him to have it?
I’m afraid not! A good rule of thumb is certainly that ‘variety is the spice of life’ as far as feeding parrots is concerned, but that variety should only include things that are considered healthy for us too. So no chocolate, crisps, pizza or any other over-sweetened or salted food please. Avocado is apparently poisonous to them too.