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Budgie for my mother?

Hello all, this may seem like a completely stupid question, so please forgive me, but my mother has retired after 29 years of law enforcement (and it was tough on her!) and has been retired for 4 months and is completely bored out of her mind. She will seriously call me and my dad every hour just because she is so bored. Every hour, everyday, just to shoot the breeze... for 4 months... forgive me if I seem like a terrible daughter, but I do need to keep up with my flock chores!

Where am I going with this? Here. Do you think getting her a English budgie as a companion would be okay? I've had 4 budgies myself, so I know how to care for them, so I can show her how to care, answer questions and step in when needed. Does this sound like a good idea? Also, has anyone started birding sort of indifferent to start with? Truthfully, I did, and now I can't imagine my life any other way! Does this sound like a bad idea? She just really needs something to do, and I feel that teaching it tricks, cleaning and caring for it would help her cope. We were hoping that she would have found something to do by now, but she isn't driven by anything.

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First does your mother like birds? Because if she doesn't you will end up with it.I would ask her first if she would like one before getting her one.she my like a tiel also as a possible bird.does she have any other pets? Cat, dog? I have a tiel, and an American budgie plus a pom

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First does your mother like birds? Because if she doesn't you will end up with it.I would ask her first if she would like one before getting her one.she my like a tiel also as a possible bird.does she have any other pets? Cat, dog? I have a tiel, and an American budgie plus a pom

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I agree with this good advice. It's not much point getting her a bird unless she's a bird lover.
If she is, then either a budgie or a tiel would bring her much joy.

Also if she already has a dog or cat this could be a problem. Not an insurmountable problem, but a problem none the less.

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Why don't you talk to her about it and see if she'd be interested? If she has a genuine interest in birds, I think that would be perfect. If not, I don't think you should try.




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Although it would be nice to surprise her, I'd talk her through it first and see if she's up for it. They do make wonderful companion animals but they just aren't for everybody

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If you want to surprise her, then buy her a cage. That way she can have the pleasure of filling it . Also, if she really does not want a pet, then a cage is really easy to return.

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Unless the person is a bird lover (mind you, a lover not a enjoyer) is never a good idea to give them a bird regardless of how bored the person is. Why don't you suggest she joins a gym or a book club or volunteer?
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I like the idea of the cage, that is awesome. Because you can definitely return it and it gives her the option to pick the bird that meshes with her.

About your question of did anyone ever just kinda fall into birds, yes! My sister fell in love with my plet and now she has two birds, within a year. She never really had interest before.

Cockatiels seem to be a bird that everyone enjoys, maybe because they are a little more interactive than a budgie. But singlely kept tame budgies love to be with people too. I have one and she is amazing.

Why don't you try feeling your mom out on the topic. Ask her to go to a bird fair with you or a bird farm. Say things like if you were to get a bird right now, which would you be interested in, and say I'd get xyz so she doesnt think its weird your just asking her lol. If she clearly expresses interest in wanting a bird, then I'd say go with it. Without that though, I wouldn't get someone an animal as a surprise gift. I would have to have had enough discussions before hand to know for sure that the person wanted the animal. Having said that though, pets do bring people a lot of joy and they definitely keep you busy. Also there are many studies that show that people that have pets are more active and in general more healthy and that the elderly live longer. So whether it's a bird or not, a pet of some sort is a great idea.

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I asked her. And showed her some budgies. She said it was a nice idea, but then she told me she actually applied for another job, so even if she did want it, she would not have time for it now.

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It was still very nice of you to care about your mom like that
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