Like all living things, parrots also need sunlight. Thanks to this light, sufficient amount of vitamin D is synthesized in their bodies. Thus, the calcium and phosphorus ratio in their bodies is provided in a healthy way.
Parrots, especially gray parrots, naturally have low blood calcium levels. So they are hypocalcemic. Therefore, calcium needs must be supplemented externally. This situation is more common especially in those fed with a single type of seed. By ensuring that they are directly exposed to sunlight at certain times of the day, and if vitamin D is synthesized, it also contributes to the provision of calcium balance in the blood.
In parrots due to lack of light; Behavioral disorders such as feather plucking, screaming, biting may also occur.
As in all living things, mating periods in parrots also depend on the seasons, and therefore on daylight. Insufficient daylight can also cause mating problems in parrots.
One of the most important sources of stress in parrots is insomnia. The average daily sleep required for many tropical birds is 10 hours. Ambient silence, lighting conditions and activities around it can cause serious disturbances in your parrot’s sleep patterns. In addition, with the weakening of the immune system as a result of sleeplessness, your parrot can get sick more easily against infections. Insomnia also plays a role in the chronic ovulation problem.
You must ensure that your parrot benefits from direct sunlight for a certain period of time during the day. For this, the hours when the air temperature is suitable should be followed. The best times are early in the morning. Be sure to be with you. You will protect your parrot from possible dangers.
Help her to rest and sleep for 10-12 hours a day in a quiet and still room. If necessary, you can also prepare a small sleeping cage to take it to a quiet and dark room at night.
Importance of Cage Cleaning
With the arrival of September, the weather begins to cool. Our winged friends, who are trying to adapt to the environment due to the sweltering heat, are now trying to get used to the new period.
The first thing to do in the new period should be the detailed cleaning of the cage. Apart from the cleaning we always do, we need to clean in more detail. First of all, take the parrot out of the cage and put it in a safe place. Then remove the bottom part of the cage and leave all parts in hot water for about an hour. Thus, besides the softening of the residues adhering to the material, you will also perform disinfection. Wood perches, due to their structure, should not be kept in hot water too long.
You can also use antiseptic and disinfectant substances sold in pharmacies as cleaning materials. These can be diluted to a certain extent and provide effective protection against microorganisms. However, there is no need to use these substances in the cage cleaning of a healthy parrot. However, in case of an epidemic and infection, if a new parrot is to be placed in the cage, then it would be more appropriate to make use of such chemicals.
After removing the materials kept in hot water, wash them thoroughly with hand soap, a cloth and a brush. The point to note here is; especially the residues in the corners of the fruit containers, where the brush can hardly reach. Due to their rich nutritional content, they can be a germ nest feature. If not cleaned well, it can lead to infection of the parrot over time.
After rinsing all cage parts and accessories with plenty of water, replace all parts including the perches. The point to note here is that the perches are not wet before being placed in the cage. Prolonged standing on a wet perch, despite the warmer weather, can cause joint problems in your parrot. Replace the old and excessively dirty perches with new ones.