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Dancing Senegal Parrot


Type: Senegal Parrot
Genus: Poicephalus
Species: Senegalus
Subspecies: Mesotypus
Sex: Female
Weight: 120 grams
Height: 9 inches
Age: 15 years, 11 months
Caped Cape Parrot


Type: Cape Parrot
Genus: Poicephalus
Subspecies: Fuscicollis
Sex: Male
Weight: 330 grams
Height: 13 inches
Age: 14 years, 2 months
Blue and Gold Macaw


Type: Blue & Gold Macaw
Genus: Ara
Sex: Female
Weight: 850 grams
Height: 26 inches
Age: 11 years, 11 months
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Ruppell's Parrot

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Blue Throated Macaw
Military Macaw
Red Fronted Macaw
Scarlet Macaw
Green Winged Macaw
Hyacinth Macaw

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Taking Truman to Bird Store and 25lb Bag of Pellets

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By Michael Sazhin

Wednesday August 4th, 2010

Over the weekend I went to the parrot store to pick up some supplies. I brought Truman along for the hour each way car ride in his carrier. It is good for him to become more accustomed to spending periods of time in his carrier and in the car. At the store I took him out of his carrier. I was quite nervous at first that he would start flying around the store. He is still a novice flyer and there are many things that he could bump into or knock over at the store. I brought his harness along with me just in case but decided to test his behavior before putting it on.

I took Truman out of his carrier. He was certainly alert and curious but relatively relaxed. I let him observe things while keeping a close hand to grab him before he could fly off. As time went by I began loosening my grip on his feet and became less concerned. I showed Truman to the employees and let them handle him. This is all good socialization for the parrot. Eventually I will be bringing Truman to this store to get his nails trimmed but rather than start with a stressful experience of having the procedure done, I wanted to give him a peaceful introduction. Furthermore this is his immunal outing as well. Since Kili came from that store and I purchase a lot of my parrot supplies from that store, it's better that Truman be microbialy familiar with that environment and develop an immune system for it. We have progressively worked toward this for some time. First of all Kili comes from that store and his introduction to Kili was the first stage. Then I've been putting fresh toys and perches from that store in his cage. And finally I brought him there all together.

Cape Parrot at Bird Store

I picked up an African Grey Parrot and held Truman up to the Grey to compare size. I'd never seen a Grey and Cape Parrot together before so this was an interesting moment for me to compare. I was split for some time between an African Grey and a Cape but I think this interaction reinforced that I made the right choice. Many of the employees at the store had never seen a Cape Parrot before. While I think the owner was a bit jealous that I didn't buy from her, the fact that she doesn't sell Capes or flighted parrots probably settled it. To make up for this, I bought some perches and a 25lb bag of bird food.

I brought the huge bag of pellets home and divided it up into smaller portions to freeze. I ended up filling 7 ziplock bags and they took an entire shelf of my freezer. Now I won't have to worry about buying pellets for over a year. I would never have done this with Kili alone but since both parrots now eat the same pellets this has become economical. Truman eats about 3 times as much as Kili so between the two of them, a 2.5lb bag gets used up in a month. That would require me to buy a bag of pellets every month. Not only is that inconvenient but also quite pricey. The 25lb bag cost about $55 while the regular 2.5lb retail bags cost $14 each. $55 vs $140 is a pretty significant saving at merely the cost of some freezer space and bags. So I recommend buying pellets in bulk for owners of large parrots or who own multiple parrots.

Parrot Pellet Bags

Bird Food in Freezer2 shelves in freezer for pellets and bird treats

Part of: Health, Nutrition, and Diet, General Parrot Care, Cape Parrots
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