Is a Bird Right for Me?
Having a pet is really great but, it also is a huge responsibility! Birds can make absolutely wonderful pets and companions given proper care and training, few pets are as engaging as parrots!
There is a misconception that because birds live in cages that they are easier to take care of than dogs or cats. Parrots are nothing like having a dog or cat as a pet, they have some very unique needs. Just keeping a parrot in a cage does not mean they are easier. Birds depend on us every day to make sure they are safe, properly fed and their environment is kept clean.
Parrots can also present some very unique challenges:
In order to develop a good relationship with a bird and to ensure they live a happy and fulfilled life in captivity it takes a lot of personal time and appropriate attention. It also takes time to properly feed them and clean their cages. There are lots of things you should consider and talk about with your family before buying or adopting a bird including the following:
Making the decision to have any pet is a big one and definitely should not be an impulsive one. Parrots are not for everyone. It is better to walk away from the idea of having a parrot, than it is to endure a creature in your home that is unhappy and making you unhappy. That is why there are so many parrot sanctuaries at their full capacity now. Take your time. Learn as much as you can. There are many resources out there to help you gather information.
If you decide to move forward, then do your research on the specific needs and behaviors of whatever bird species you may be considering as a pet. If your decision is based on careful thought and if you are willing to open your heart and make the commitment to provide for your bird’s needs then you can have a very successful, rewarding relationship with one of the most amazing creatures that could ever grace your home for many years to come!