Readers Respond to What is The True Lifespan of Parrots

Readers Respond to What is The True Lifespan of Parrots

Last Updated on by Mitch Rezman


I have a Rosella parrot, whose feathers are not clipped.


He is not the type of bird to interact with but none the less he is a cherished member of the household.


He has a large cage 7 ft by 5 ft long where he is able to fly from branch to branch and a 9 ft x 5 outdoor cage used only on mild days weather permitting.


I think all owners of birds should consider the living quarters of their pet birds especially if they do not allow them out of their cages or rarely.


It is a commitment to give the best quality of life we can to our feathers friends.


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Re: Hi Laura What is The True Lifespan of Parrots in Captivity?


Well, I don’t agree with the first 2 comments.


Keto is not long term healthy and you have to know what you are doing to feed a parrot chop to make it balanced.


Pellet is dead food.


It has some nutritional value.


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Re: Hi Jennifer What is The True Lifespan of Parrots in Captivity?



Thanks for the blog post about life-span and chop.


Chop was (and maybe is?) still kind of hot in the parrot community.


Two things: my birds aren’t nuts about it and it’s quite labor-intensive.


And, one of the parrot rescues I like showed us the same info you put up–that birds should only be given a pretty darn small amount of it.


I was shocked only a tablespoon or so ( for greys, ‘zons) was what they should be offered.’

I see that protein would be deficient from the research you did.


I do like to offer my birds some fresh foods (carrots, bananas, green beans, peas, chickpeas) for foraging activities.


They waste most of it but they seem to enjoy sifting through it as an activity.


As always they get pellets and Nutri-berries.


And thanks for the discussion about Higgins Intune.
My Amazon loves it in particular.


He likes the red ones the best lol.


Not mentioned is that InTune has no fake dyes—I like that they use vegetables and fruit to color it.


My Grey and Meyers like Harrison’s and sometimes TOPS Organic.


I tried Hagen Tropican but was unable to get them to transition. It looks like a great pellet though.


Anyway, thanks for your blog. 


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Re: Hi Laura What is The True Lifespan of Parrots in Captivity?


It depends on the type macaws live to the ripe old age of about 75 yrs!


Rule of thumb/the smaller the parrot the shorter the life span.


My Red Lored Amazon should have lived to the age of 70/75.


Pivot – a new subject


Re: Hi Sue – Do You Think That Birds Are Unhappy in a Bird Cage? (Published 10/10/2020)


Once a bird learns to Respect his freedom, he loves it. 


BUT, every must have his own personal space available at all times. 


I do frequently change the set up inside the cage.


That’s critical for mental stability.


If you want a pet playmate, do the work. 


Otherwise, clean the cage, buy quality food and enjoy your caged socially clueless bird.

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