I Always Want A Pet Bird..

I Always Want A Pet Bird..

Written By: Binita Published In: Bird-Blog Created Date: 2017-05-29 Hits: 1181 Comment: 0

Coming home to the enthusiastic greetings of your flock after a long day at work is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Songbirds and pigeons are intelligent and social birds. The same cleverness and flocking instincts that make them particularly attractive pets are also reflected in some of the difficulties in keeping them healthy.

The Good

  • Intelligent – The idea of a “bird brain” being stupid is nonsense. Birds can count, recognize words, and learn tricks. Some kinds can learn to speak. For a long time, people believed that the parrots and starlings were simply mimicking sounds. They can actually compose sentences that are appropriate for the situation, and talk around the words they don’t know, just like a human trying to speak a foreign language.
  • Friendly – Most pet birds enjoy cuddles and scritches, and they love to be involved in whatever you’re doing. Your budgie, myna, or conure will enjoy crawling around on you while you lounge in front of the telly or chat online with your friends. The finches will sing along.
  • Beautiful – What else needs to be said here?

 

The Bad

  • Easily bored – If a dog is bored too often, he might chew things he shouldn’t and make a mess. If a pet bird is bored too often, he gets depressed and starts to cut himself or pull out his feathers. This is especially difficult with a single bird. If you decide to adopt a bird, consider getting two or more, so they can keep each other company.
  •  Risk of injury – This is mainly about the parrots. A frightened bird will bite. The beaks that are meant to dig into live trees and to crack open walnuts are strong and sharp enough to draw blood. The larger ones can bite off fingers. Never leave small children alone with a pet parrot. If there are children in the home, enforce the rule that they never approach the parrot without you or another adult whom the parrot trusts.
  • Noise – Some kinds of birds are surprisingly loud, even when they are calm and happy. Will you always be living in situations that can tolerate this? If not, be very careful in your choice of pet.


The Verdict
You’ve given it some thought and investigated all the details about your favorite species. If you’re sure you’re ready to add a bird or three to your family wait a week and then start looking for the right individual birds. Not everybody was as careful when they added a bird to the household, so there are many rescue birds in foster care and parrot shelters. Consider helping one or more of these birds find their forever home.

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