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Considerations Before Buying A Bird

There are so many considerations to think about before you go out and get your first bird. All of
them should be taken very seriously for the benefit and welfare of your new companion

Why do you want a parrot? Is it for the novelty? Owning a status pet? As an alternative because
you canít own a dog or cat? If you answered yes to any of those then donít get a bird. They
need somebody who wants to own a bird (or be owned by a bird should I say) because theyíre
truly passionate about these amazing creatures. They are just as difficult to look after if not
more difficult than other animals and can be considerably more problematic. You have to truly
want to take on a bird because it isnít the easiest choice of companion animal. They canít be
locked up in a cage and given food and water every day, they need your attention (and they
need it NOW) whenever you can give it. These are flock animals and therefore this is a social
need that has to be met. Keep in mind that even the smallest of birds can live for a considerably
long time (weíre talking 1520
years) so planning for the future is a must. If your situation is likely
to keep changing then perhaps holding off would be worth it in the end. If youíre older and
buying a bird that may outlive you then who will have them should anything happen?

Secondly, who will be looking after the bird? If you are buying the bird for a child then you need
to take full responsibility for it. Children become bored easily and wanting a bird may well be a
phase. What will happen to the bird if they do become bored of it? Youíll have to feed it, provide
it with fresh water and a clean environment as well as giving it plenty of enrichment. Are you up
to that? Is everybody in the household on board with having a bird? These are highly intelligent
animals that require a lot of time and understanding and for somebody who doesnít like them
they can be quite a pain with their noise, mess and the space they take up. If nobody else wants
the bird, or you have bought a bird for a child, then you will have to pay for vets bills which arenít
cheap! If youíre going to be going away a lot who will have the bird? Will you take them with

What size bird is suitable to house in your situation? When it comes to cages, go for the biggest
you can possibly fit for that species. If you canít fit it, donít get that bird. Some birds with very
long tails (namely the Asiatic birds) need a cage thatís large so they can turn around without
ruining their tail. Other birds benefit from more horizontal space than they would height if theyíre
a flighty species. Most birds are easy to accommodate with most commercial cages but some
benefit from having custom made cages if their species requires a different measurement in

They arenít low maintenance animals. They need specialist diets (which varies between
species), a lot of time spent with them, tons of enrichment, constant cleaning up after. These
animals are hard work. If you arenít willing to put in the hard work and you get fed up of doing it
then what will happen to the bird then? So many birds get rehomed because people donít
realise how difficult they are to care for and when the bird starts screaming, plucking etc. they
donít want to know and put it down to not spending enough time with them. They are incredibly
messy things! Some species can paint your walls with liquid poop, others can trash a cage in
minutes. A lot of parrots are destructive, are you willing to deal with this?

Can you cope with noise? Iím afraid that all birds will make noise whether you want them to or
not. Some are louder than others, some are shrill, some are constantly twittering (yes budgies
weíre all looking at you). There are species less likely to scream or make as much noise but that
can only be said for individuals. Birds will often scream at dawn and dusk at least. If you have
neighbours with sensitive hearing and you go and get an umbrella cockatoo, donít expect them
to not complain! Be considerate of those around you. Those voices were designed to be heard
across the land so they can easily locate one another. Theyíre more than happy to shout for you
when you go out of sight

I know most of this may sound harsh but with the ever growing number of companion parrots
filling up shelters it is a disclaimer that I feel should come with all birds. The reality of owning
parrots is that it is hard and parrots only deserve the best from their care givers

~ catalinadee
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