Join Date: Jun 2018
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Am I ready for an Eclectus?
Who am I?: I am a homeschooled 13 year old.
When am I getting the bird?: In around 2 years.
Why do I want an parrot?: I LOVE parrots and, after owning a budgie, would really like to rescue one from a local parrot shelter.
Why an Eclectus?: They are smart, relatively calm, are okay with petting, and talkative. Talking doesn't matter to me, but it would help the bird stay in my parent's good graces if it chewed something up.
What are my concerns?: 1. I have two dogs, a Chihuahua mix and a Lab mix. 2. My parents are indifferent to me owning a parrot, don't know anything about birds, and are unwilling to pay for vet visits. 3. My parents don't like loud noises, although they were okay with my budgie unless it was REALLY screaming. 4. I have two sisters, ages 5 and 10. The older one is unlikely to have any interaction with it aside from talking, although I would let her hold it, and my youngest sibling will NOT be having physical contact with the bird whatsoever.
Am I prepared?: I think so. I know Eclectus can live up to 50 years, and I am free enough to spend at LEAST 2-3 hours a day with it.
What happens when I go off to college?: I am in a program where I earn college credit starting in high school, and I plan to do online college. The parrot will come with me when I move out.
What if the bird outlives me?: While I am still living at home, I will be educating my currently 10 year old sister on how to take care of it if I happen to die younger than 60. For the first year, I will teach and she will observe. After the first year or so, she will take a more active role (E.G, cleaning papers, preparing food, learning to deal with a bite). After about two years, I might leave the care of the bird to her for a day or so if I happen to be out of town without her.
What about when you go on vacation?: The bird will either come with us or stay with our neighbors. We are good friends with the family right across the street from us, and the oldest, currently 14, has an interest in exotic animals, so I could teach him what he needs to know. If staying with our neighbors doesn't work out, we will board the bird professionally.
Thank you for reading, and please give me some advice on whether I am ready!