Parrot feet care

Have you ever thought much about the health of your parrots feet? You should!! Since many of our feathered pets have their wings clipped, they spend their entire life on their little feet. They can be prone to many issues like arthritis, bumblefoot, or gout. First and foremost, you want to make sure your feeding them a healthy and balanced diet. A pellet based diet supplemented with plenty of fresh fruits and veggies and cooked whole grain pastas and legumes. You also want to make sure you aren’t causing damage by picking the wrong perch for your parrot. He will need multiple perches in a variety textures to keep his feet comfortable and healthy. You want to stay away from the monotonous dowel perches of the old days. Natural wood perches like Java wood offer different diameters and can exercise different parts of their feet. A rope perch is soft and comfortable and offers relief from some of the harder perches. Just make sure to keep them keep and watch for frays. Another great option is a grooming perch. These can help your parrot keep his nails and beak trimmed and help with circulation in his feet. They are abrasive though so you don’t want to keep it where he will perch for long periods of time. Position this one by his food bowl so he spends a little time on it every day. Variety is the spice of life and the variety of perches is the health of your parrots feet!