|Barked: Mon Sep 19, '11 8:06pm PST |
|I have had birds since I was a kid, well my person has. The African gray is around 30 now. The Blue and Gold macaw is hmmmmmmmmmm 15; I got her from a breeder in Hawaii and had raised her. The rainbow macaw is about 10; he was rescued from a pet store and nursed back to health. (Never get a sick bird from a pet store, but the poor baby had been weaned cold turkey. He put his head in my pocket and pleaded with me to save him. He got medication for his crop infection and I hand fed him a few more weeks until he was ready to fledge for real.)
I love birds. Messy, parrots poop isn’t as bad as Conures. Most are very noisy, some aren’t. I could recommend a Blue Headed Pionus as a first bird, not too aggressive, not too noisy, but they don't talk.
Cons, you have to find a bird specialist for a vet. Your average small animal vet will kill your bird trying to treat him. They and their food is expensive and they require a lot of time and attention.
The biggest difference between a large parrot and a regular pet is they have problem solving intelligence. They know when you are ignoring them; just getting them out won't work. They can bite, but even the biggest parrot is very unlikely to take your finger off. However, a pressure bite from a large macaw is very painful.
As said before, they are not domesticated. You will get bit sooner or later. It is a lot like taking on a child. They can get depressed and being ignored or neglected can cause them to get sick. You have to be very careful with their diet and they can and will chew/ruin stuff in your house. (Our African gray once at my husband’s high security clearance badge BOL, my bird ate it.) We came home one night and found our apartment looking like a tickertape parade had run through. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the African gray reach out and close the cage door. They had chewed/shredded every bit of paper in the apartment.
Anyway, if you would enjoy such a pet and find the antics amusing, by all means get a bird, if not....
Also research what kind of parrot you want, Yellow headed amazons are clowns and amazing talkers, but can be aggressive. Pionus are quiet and gentle but don't talk. Sun Conures are beautiful, but the drops. African grays are smart and amazing talkers but tend to growl, gray growers. Cockatoos are major baby cuddles, but can easily get sick if not given attention and can give a very bad bite.
Anyway, you get the idea. Personally, I would get the bird, well if I didn't already have 3.
Betty, Fritz's person.
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