Why should I adopt a pet parrot over buying one?
Adopting a bird is better than buying one. It’s the best thing for several reasons. First, commercial breeding facilities are overflowing the market with exotic pets birds. Many end up in rescue organizations when owners realize how difficult it is to care for them. It only makes matters worse if you purchase a parrot at a pet shop, or from a breeder. Adopting a parrot instead of buying one will help to reduce the demand for commercially-bred pet birds.
If you buy a parrot, it is likely that you won’t be able to provide much support for any questions you might have about the bird’s behavior and care. Reputable rescue groups for parrots offer that support. They can provide advice and resources to help you and your bird adapt to their new life.
How much do parrots cost?
A parrot adoption is a great option. You’ll likely spend less money. Depending on the species, a parrot can run into the hundreds to thousands of dollars. You will feel happy knowing that you saved a life by adopting a parrot.
What are some things you should consider before adopting a parrot?
Although these birds are intelligent, sensitive and curious, caring for them properly can prove difficult. Consider the following if you are thinking of getting an exotic bird as a pet:
Even birds that are bred in captivity are not domesticated. Domesticated animals such as cats or dogs have been raised for hundreds of generations to be able to live with humans. They are different from their wild relatives. Commonly kept birds as pets, they are not different from their wild relatives. They are native species from other countries. Many of the “negative” behavior of birds kept in captivity is a result of their natural instincts.
Surprisingly, there are more than 350 species identified of parrots. Each species has its own behaviors and needs. Before you decide to adopt a parrot, it is important that you are familiar with the needs and characteristics of each species.
In terms of their social, emotional, and intellectual lives, parrots can be compared to toddlers. This means that they require a lot of interaction with humans and other birds. Toys and other enrichment activities are important to keep their minds active and healthy. They can develop behavioral problems such as feather plucking if they don’t have the right things.
Parrots live a long life. They can live between 30 and 70 years depending on their species. Some species may live for longer. Bird care is often a lifetime responsibility.
Parrots can be very noisy. Parrots communicate by vocalizing through chirping and squawking. You should also know that not all parrots can speak. Although all parrots can be heard, not all are able to speak.