Do you think newcomers to the bird word should adopt or buy? I read on another forum people keep telling others, even new owners that they should adopt. It's great if the adoption went well all worked out but what if it doesn't?
When I first adopted a green cheek she was a really bad biter, being inexperienced at the time I had a really hard time with her biting and nearly went on to rehome her again to the next person because I just couldn't deal with her anymore. I did read everything there was to read about aggressive birds but none of the imformation was helping(experience I felt was needed to deal with aggressive birds). Now that I have lots of experience I can deal with the most aggressive of birds, but back then I did really struggle.
I myself don't feel it's right to tell newcomers to the bird world to adopt because if anything does go wrong that bird would most likely be rehome again to another person.
What is your opinion on these Pro-adoption people advising new owners to adopt?
For every bird out there that needs adopting and has issues there is another one who has no issues and has simply fell on bad times.
There can just as easily be issues in buying a bird, especially for first time owners of a larger parrot who really have no clue what damage they can do to that bird by babying it in the first years of its life, a lot of birds in rescues with problems are down to people who have bought a bird and didn't think it through and didn't really know what they were doing and didn't treat the bird like a bird. You see it in dogs where people baby them it is not good for the animals mental health.
I always advise people to go out and volunteer in a rescue or try fostering to see exactly what it is going to be like before taking on a bird be it a rescue or buying one.
But yes where ever possible I do ask people to think of adopting a bird who needs it rather than buying one, I take on every rescue I can and really hate it if it comes back that for some reason I can't take on a bird in need, normally down to space issues as I do not own my own house.
If everyone went out and bought a bird what would happen to the ones waiting to be adopted?
Some of them just need a loving understanding home and they can be the perfect family members, especially some of the older ones who have gone through their hormonal biting stage and have calmed back down again.
At the end of the day anyone looking to get any animal be it by buying or adopting needs to do their research and understand what they are getting themselves into, if people actually stopped and thought about it beforehand there would be a lot less animals in rescues through no fault of their own.