Health & Hygiene
The Karariki cage will require a weekly clean using a bird safe disinfectant, with perches, ropes been cleaned twice a week. Food and water bowls should be cleaned on a daily basis.
Bird bath/ mist spray
Kararikis love to bathe, this helps maintain their coat. When giving them a water bath be careful not to fill it up too high. The right amount is no more than half way. Instead of a water bath you can use mist spray on the bird every day.
A perch will normally take care of the Karariki nails, but if they over-grow a nail trimmers can be used. Be careful if using nail trimmers, as if you cut up too high you may cause the nail to bleed.
There are pros and cons in both sexes when you choose one as a companion bird. Males can talk clearly and they are probably more human oriented, but they can bite harder. Females look cuter and can't bite hard enough to hurt humans. We also found them more playful and aerobatic owing to lighter body weight. But they may become continuous egg layers who don't show much interest in other activities, once they become hormonal. They also need to chew a lot.
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