Frequently Asked Questions

About the What's, Why's and How's of a Successful Companion Parrot Lifestyle™ and FlockCall.com


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You know you've walked into a well balanced flock home where the needs and requirements of the companion parrot(s) are equally as important as the human member's of the home.

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Health and Care for your Companion Parrot

You know you've walked into a well balanced flock home where the needs and requirements of the companion parrot(s) are equally as important as the human member's of the home.

No. If you are looking for a parrot to easily train for any reason, if training is your first worry or concern in your search, I highly suggest you turn your attention to dogs. Dogs are trainable. Companion Parrots are not domesticated and "easy" does not apply to their upkeep, care or success in a home.

Yourself. More pointedly, your true self. It's imperative that you seek a parrot that can fit into your current way of life, not the lifestyle you hope to have, but the lifestyle you have right now. Know thyself first. And then seek the type of companion that will do best in that environment.

It's imperative you don't do anything. That bite was a simple communication letting you know that you missed or didn't understand a body language or vocal message just before. Reacting in a negative or positive way only confuses the situation. No reaction is always the best move.

Expensive is a relative term, so let's look at the average costs. An annual Avian Vet visit costs between $200-$400 depending on lab costs. A proper cage can run between $100-$2000 depending on the parrot. An average monthly food bill for a medium to large parrot, to include mixed parrot foods and fresh foods is between $70-$100. Toys (employment), perches and treats can add $30-$50 a month.

This is a very personal decision, and has no wrong answer. That decision should be based solely on the parrot's safety and physical needs for it's happiness inside your environment. Not based on convenience for you. Additionally please have your Avian Vet groom your birds, or an Avian Specialist with the proper tools and experience, in a safe, quiet atmosphere. Improper grooming because it's free or easy to find can lead to wing trims that allow injury, physical and mental trauma or disease from dirty shared equipment.

In theory, it is slightly possible. But having the beak pressure alone isn't enough. I have never heard of any reports in any setting of a companion parrot taking a finger off a person. Parrots do not bite like dogs with intention of that nature.

Abundance weaning delivers the best success in health, trust building, parrot confidence and parrot food appreciation. An abundance weaned baby is a happy fearless eater and a confident companion.

After the quarantine period is over and you are ready to integrate your new parrot, the most important step is not changing ANYTHING about the current flock's lifestyle. Leave their items, schedules, routines and cages the same. It's up to the new member to assimilate and be invited into the flock balance. Moving furniture and cages for better floor placement can happen after the new member has fully integrated into the established flock balance.