How personable is a parrot?
Most parrots are very personable. Each parrot has his or her own personality. Some are shy until you gain their trust or do something that makes them feel ok around you. I’ll give you an example.
I was in the pet store the other day and there was large parrot who would not give me the time of day. I kept walking around the cage, talking to him and finally went to the cage beside his and began talking to that bird. The first parrot could still see me from the other side of his cage.
As I got bored I began whistling for fun, as the second bird tried to bite my finger. All of a sudden, the parrot who had paid me no mind earlier, started whistling back.
We continued whistling to each other and then the worker came over and told me I could pet him. He turned out to really love a good neck petting.
It was difficult not to purchase this bird after connecting with him. So the moral of this story is, you just have to find something that gets the birds attention, and then they open up to you, kind of like a shy child.
Is a parrot good around children?
This is a very important thing to know. If the parrot was hand fed and is still fairly young, they will tend to bite quite hard. It would be best to have a parent around when the child is petting the parrot.
There is a story of a parrot who saved a girls life in Colorado. The babysitter was alerted by this bird and the child was saved from choking. If you would like to read more about this story and how a pet parrot saved a child’s life, you can read the story of “How Willie the parrot saved a girls life” by this same author, here.
Are parrots expensive?
It is very important that you check into the cost of a parrot, intently. They are quite costly. Parrots live to be a ripe old age of 100 years on average. They require a varied diet and plenty of toys, and regular visits to the vet that can end up being quite costly. You also have to think about babysitting services for certain occasions.
You can find the total breakdown of just how costly, here. It will curl your hair!
Do parrots require a lot of work and time?
Your pet parrot will require a lot of your time. They are not that hard to take care of as far as their cage cleaning and such. If you are used to taking care of a small pet already, you probably will not find it overly challenging. Even a dog is quite intensive to take care of.
They need fresh water, food and clean surroundings daily. They also need supervised time outside of their cage to fly and stretch out.
They cannot stay in their cage all the time if they are a larger bird, especially. If you choose a smaller parrot, you might get by with a large cage, however, these birds need socialization. They will become part of your family.
What do I do with my parrot when I go on vacation?
As we discussed earlier, they will become part of the family, but it is not feasible to take them everywhere with you. You will need to put them in boarding from time to time, when you go on vacations that are not suitable for them.
You can read more on just how much you can expect to pay for boarding, then make your decisions based on all the information.
You always need to see if family would be interested in babysitting your pet, also. If you find that you cannot afford this aspect, and cannot find a babysitter that is reliable, you may rethink buying a pet parrot.
Are pet parrots worth all the trouble?
Even with all the complications involved in keeping a pet parrot, people world wide could not imagine their lives without their parrot.
As we read in the story about Willie the parrot, they can be quite protective and a good pet to have.
Next time you are thinking about buying a pet, investigate the possibilities of having a pet parrot. Be realistic and do not go this route if you are on a fixed income, but if not, they are a wonderful pet to have.