Parrot feeders and drinking bowls
Feeding troughs and drinking bowls for parrots are necessary and necessary elements in the bird cage. To determine which of the attributes will be relevant and most convenient for your parrot, you need to know the tendency of your bird species to turn over, gnaw, soak food and other possible pranks.
Of course, the picture for you will become clear only after the operation of certain equipment by a feathered friend.
But, if your bird has a strong and strong beak, then it is clear that a plastic feeder will not suit her. Likewise, the decision on what size to buy a feeder will be made based on the type of parrot – for large parrots, it makes no sense to buy small dishes, as for small parrots, a large bowl that occupies a third of the cage and is perceived by the bird as a nest.
But there is an iron rule that is the same for all bird owners: the cage should have two permanent feeders (for grain feed and a mineral mixture) and one more for wet feed, which is temporary, since such a perishable type of food cannot be left for long.
The choice of feeders is diverse, and we will introduce you to all the positive and negative sides of these food accessories.
Types of Parrot Feeders
There are internal and external feeders. Internal are fixed inside the cage, external outside.
Internal in turn are divided into:
1. Mounted. This type of feeders is best fixed in line with the lowest pole or just below it (in no case under it) – thanks to this placement of husk from the grains, it is not scattered outside the cage. If the dishes hang near the door, you will be less disturbed by the bird during daily feed changes.
Mounted feeders are divided into plastic, iron and decorative.
- plastic are the most popular bird feeders among budgerigar breeders. In addition to being perfectly washable, they are made of non-toxic plastic.
The only drawback may be a nut, which is not very convenient for a parrot, but owners of small species of birds have found a way out: they fasten small bars from branches with screeds to a ledge or in another convenient way, which provides the bird with a more stable and comfortable position during feeding .
Such feeders are attached to the horizontal rods of the cage with the help of plastic hooks or metal wire. Plastic needs to be tried on in advance to your type of cell, since they do not fit all. Metal are more convenient and reliable.
More active and cocky parrots can get used to dump this type of dishes and sprinkle grain. Thanks to the wire hooks, you can lock the feeder in one position. But do not overdo it: by narrowing the distance between the hook and the rods, you not only do not allow the bird to overturn the feeder, but also complicate its removal to replace the feed;
- Iron feeders are suitable for all types of parrots, they are practical, durable and easy to use. If necessary, they can be boiled, especially during treatment or poultry quarantine.
Such containers should be made of stainless steel, in no case do not buy brass, copper, zinc. These species are rapidly oxidized, especially when exposed to water or wet food, which can lead to poisoning of the parrot.
Metal feeders are attached using a loop (ring) with hooks or special clamps. Such dishes are most often round in shape and, if you decide to use it for budgies, fasten a flexible willow branch around the edge of the feeder so that the bird is more comfortable sitting on the side;
The paint on such dishes is short-lived, after a while it is covered and there are no guarantees that the quality of the paint itself is safe for birds.
2. Floor-mounted indoor feeders. These are various plastic and ceramic bowls, not the most popular type of dishes for birds, therefore, they cannot be found on sale for parrots, but you can quite successfully use feeders for rodents and other animals.
The main thing is that they are made of safe material, stable (the birds easily turn over everything that is at the bottom of the cage), a little heavy and with straight low sides. They can be used for mush cereals, fruits and vegetables.
They are especially popular among breeders who contain birds in aviaries. In such cases, floor feeders are also used for grain mixtures.
They are also convenient when you need to water and feed a sick bird that is not able to sit on the perches and is constantly at the bottom of the cage.
External mounted feeders.
These are plastic feeders that are attached to the outside of the cage. There are external feeders with a rotary mechanism. This type of bird ware has several advantages: to replace the feed, the owner does not need to put his hands inside the cage, so the bird feels calm, in addition, the feeder does not “steal” the place in the cage at all, as it is outside.
Disadvantages of external feeders:
- each mounted feeder is suitable only for a certain type of cage (each company produces such dishes for its own cage), so all containers have different sizes and characteristics;
- the locks in these feeders can be done by curious parrots; the percentage of shoots committed by birds due to such structures is quite high;
- always close the window that appears after removing dishes for hygiene;
- the biggest drawback of external mounted feeders is that the parrot, climbing entirely into such a container, gets stuck and suffocates if the bird is not saved in time.
External mounted feeders pose the greatest danger for budgies, and also young inexperienced birds or parrots that are under stress (adaptation).
Small, narrow and feeders with a small entrance are the most dangerous, other external feeders are quite safe, since the bird can turn into them and exit.
Hopper Feeder (Auto Feeder) in some cases it becomes an indispensable thing for bird lovers. It represents a bunker (capacity) and the feeder itself. It works under the influence of gravity – through a small hole, the grain mixture gradually moves into the feeder as the grain is eaten.
In an automatic feeder, the feed always remains clean and fresh, all the husks fall on a pallet or in a special compartment, but if you fill it in, you will not be able to control the daily rate of the grain mixture. Very practical if you need to leave for a few days.
Drinking bowls for parrots
Drinking bowls are open, closed and automatic.
Open drinkers the simplest and cheapest, their significant drawback: water needs to be changed several times a day, as it is very quickly contaminated with feathers, husks and pieces of fruit and herbs, especially if the parrot has the habit of throwing food in water.
Closed drinkers for parrots are more hygienic and comfortable, it is either glass or plastic devices.
Automatic drinkers the most reliable in terms of hygiene and maintaining the purity and freshness of water.
Some owners install automatic drinking bowls for rodents in cages for those parrots that with special enthusiasm soak everything that gets into their beak. In this case, such a car drinker is a salvation from the quickly spoiling bird soup that the birds create.
In the process of accustoming to this type of drinking bowl, the main drinking bowl should not be taken until you are sure that the bird has understood the principle of operation of the drinking bowl with a ball.
Regardless of the type of drinker, you should use purified water and change it at least once a day (every three hours as it gets dirty or if vitamin preparations are added).
You can buy a drinker for parrots by clicking on these links under the photo:
DIY feeders and drinkers
A mounted feeding trough or drinking bowl can be made with your own hands. A glass jar of paste, mustard or caviar is used as a container. The principle of fastening is similar to the fastening of metal feeders (the wire is wound around the neck of the can and fastened with home-made hooks, the curved nut from below prevents the bird from dropping it onto the floor).
Photo of a homemade glass feeder:
If you suddenly have a parrot and you don’t have the necessary accessories for the bird yet, you can even make a temporary drinker for the bird using a ceramic coffee cup, securing its ear between the vertical bars of the cage.
Some craftsmen use wooden spoons (from plums, linden and other acceptable tree species) as feeders, they are relevant only to budgies, as they are not durable, but they are quite interesting in interior design and tasty for parrots.
Homemade parrot feeder with a visor:
Disinfect the feeders under running water, dousing with boiling water, you can also rinse them in a weak solution of chamomile and dry it.
Since plastic feeders are not resistant to high temperatures, hygiene procedures must be carried out with them very carefully and quickly.