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Pet Parrots 101 - Buy or Adopt a Parrot



Pet-ParrotsObtaining a healthy and well-socialized bird is probably the most important aspect of bird ownership. It is a process that need not be rushed to avoid disappointment on the part of the owner and difficulty for the bird as well. A prospective bird owner has basically two options to buy or to adopt.

If one wishes to make a critical difference in the life of a displaced parrot, the choice would have to be to adopt. There are thousands of unsuccessful companion parrots that are on the secondary market in need of both rescue and commitment from a knowledgeable caregiver. Many parrots have found themselves transferring to half a dozen or more homes even before they reach maturity. This reality is due to the fact that not many people have the patience to deal with parrots with serious behavioral dysfunction.



There is clearly a lack of buyer education before, during and after the purchase of the parrots. Far too many people are thrilled with the idea of having a pet bird but sadly do not have what it takes to be committed, long-term parrot owners. Many healthy parrots can outlive their owners thus there exists a dilemma on what to do with them when their owners are no longer around or worse, when their owners totally give up on them.


Statistics gathered from behavior consultants, quality bird shops, rescue and rehab organizations and avian veterinaries will attest to the great number of unsuccessful parrot homes. It used to be that the most common concern was how to raise baby parrots. Now, the rehabilitation of second-hand parrots has become a major issue and problem.

Purchasing or adopting a parrot can be done through a private party, meaning a person that is not a breeder or a shop owner. Parrots obtained through this method are usually cheaper and come with a cage and accessories. There is also less incidence of disease since privately owned birds are usually not in contact with many other birds. A probable disadvantage would be is that the bird may come with emotional problems or may be older and thus less adaptable to a new environment. It is possible that the habits may have been established and the background of the bird is unclear especially if it has been passed to many owners.



Purchasing from a breeder is usually cheaper compared to purchasing from a bird or pet store. Also, the buyer is assured of lower chances of birds with diseases especially if the breeder is one who maintains a closed aviary, tests and quarantines new birds and adheres to good breeding practices. This is most often an excellent route for obtaining healthy baby parrots as reputable breeders would be most happy to provide advice and guidance on the proper care of the bird. The breeder is and should be a source for continued support. This option may be less convenient than buying from a store since many breeders often live outside the urban areas and may entail driving a distance. There is also a matter of making the distinction between a good and a bad breeder.



Buying from a bird or pet store may easily be the most convenient choice especially with regards to payment options. However, the cost of obtaining a pet parrot is much higher compared with other sources. The incidence of bird diseases is likewise higher since stores are seldom able to properly quarantine birds from each other. The risks are considerable since stores get birds from different sources. Most pet store personnel are not equipped with the proper information about bird care. Staff of stores specializing in birds fare relatively better in terms of knowledge and accurate advice.



There is one important thing that responsible buyers can do to help improve the situation. Buyers should not spend their money in stores that provide substandard care for the birds. Supporting the business of quality bird shops will go a long way towards the benefit of these wonderful birds.




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mark pena   (3/18/2008)
how much money to adopt

chessy    (5/4/2008)
will it be a hole hole hole lot of work to keep a parrot

Jane Rosen   (7/17/2008)
Yes, it will be a whole lot of work to keep a parrot. They require time, lots of attention (they are flock animals, and should not be kept in isolation. YOU will have to substitute for their flock!) and proper food. They are long-lived, and prone to behavior problems. Most people do not have the resources or patience to deal with these problems or work around them. Parrot bites can be severe and damaging. These birds are so intelligent that you might as well be buying a toddler, one who will remain in the terrible twos forever. Lastly, captive parrots invariably must have their flight feathers clipped (trust me, I have tried letting them grow out. Much too dangerous for the bird). They will never fly (which is what defines a bird, after all it is what they do), nor will he/she ever mate. In short, a completely unnatural life is what they will have in captivity. If you feel that you can handle a biting, screaming bird, who will likely also be plucking his feathers, maybe to the point of mutilating the skin underneath, or develop enough understanding to work around these behaviors, then please adopt a previously owned bird. Do not encourage sales of these complex, intelligent animals in pet stores, where the employees often work for commission, and will not give you adequate warning of the huge committment you are about to take on when you are eying that cute little baby parrot. Lastly, you should research and think about this for AT LEAST a year before you go ahead and commit. Start by googling parrot behavior problems and see if you want to even go any further than that. Then check out the price of appropriate cages. Dont forget to look into vet bills. In my opinion parrots as pets are best suited to mature adults, living on their own, who would like a companion animal, who feel some affinity for birds, and who have done adequate research.

ashley pactch   (11/5/2008)
i have a brids and can not find what is called i have 12 brids in all

Niki kokolorki   (2/9/2009)
I have a parrot...and i dont know what kind it is P I love it...sometimes it bites so i put on one of my winter gloves on. 1 thing to keep in mind with u is...LOVE YOUR PARROT AS MUCH AS YOU LOVE YOUR FAMIOLY

Niki kokolorki   (2/9/2009)
I have a parrot...and i dont know what kind it is P I love it...sometimes it bites so i put on one of my winter gloves on. Love your parrot as much as you love yourself 1 thing to keep in mind with u is...LOVE YOUR PARROT AS MUCH AS YOU LOVE YOUR FAMIOLY









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