So you’re thinking of buying a parrot. That’s definitely an optional piece to put into your life journey makeover.
Potential parrot owners must beware, however, of what lies ahead if they purchase a parrot. The bigger the parrot, the more “beware-ness” they will need.
Actually, there are several types of potential parrot owners, some of whom have spent more life journey time thinking about parrot ownership than have others. Which of the three types below are you? Do you fit here or in some other type?
Potential Parrot Owner Types
Dreamer: This potential parrot owner has spent years fantasizing about someday sharing a life journey with one or more colorful parrot companions.
Dreamer builds, in the clouds of imagination, aviaries full of parrot toys, food, and exercise equipment. Dreamer fills waking time with daydreams featuring sparkling parrots in colors: red, green, blue, and purple. What nighttime dreams lack in color, they make up for in vivid sounds of clear-as-a-bell parrot conversations. Both day and night dreams contain a satisfying feeling of the companionship a big, beautiful parrot will give. The upside of being a dreamer is that everything encountered in dreamland can be perfect. Dreamer may never get around to actually introducing a parrot into the home, but the dreams continue.
Penny-wise: This potential parrot owner plans to get around someday to asking, “How much is that parrot in the window?”
Penny-wise passes a pet store every day on the way to work. The shop owner features a scarlet macaw on a large perch in the window, and the bright macaw vocalizes lustily whenever Penny-wise pauses outside the window. However, it’s anyone’s guess whether Penny-wise will ever walk into the store and buy the colorful bird. Penny-wise hesitates because a cost analysis spreadsheet must include not only the price of the parrot, but all the other necessities. You see, to Penny-wise, cash is king and controls every bit of a life journey.
Detective: The potential parrot owner in this group investigates every aspect of the changes a big bird would bring to the everyday of a person’s life.
Detective doesn’t wait to follow clues after the parrot commits a “crime” during uncaged time. Detective knows the value of preventing crime rather than solving it. This potential parrot parent suspects everyone from the retailer who wants to sell a parrot to Internet articles that gloss over problems. Research, logical thinking, and note-taking keep track of all information about parrots in order to avoid major headaches. When Detective becomes a parrot owner, he or she is fully prepared.
Potential Parrot Problems
Wise potential parrot owners beware because they know a problem will likely crop up somewhere along the line. After a quick Internet search on parrot problems, some change their minds.
Problems can come in comical form, but serious problems can also arrive. Some affect the bird only and some affect the bird and everyone else in the house.
I won’t try to describe a lot of problems, but let me give you a few anecdotes.
- A man in Great Britain found that the family parrot learned to mimic his wife perfectly. Unfortunately, his wife is a nag, and the bird had learned every nagging phrase, complete with intonation. Now, even when his wife is not at home, the man has to listen to “her” nagging.
- A parrot in Mississippi regularly picked his cage latch and wandered about the house. On one occasion, his wandering took him out of the house and to a nearby park. Luckily, for the owner and the parrot, the colorful, big bird found a friendly shoulder at a ball game. After a classified ad appeared in the local newspaper, the colorful big bird arrived home safe and sound.
- Another family found that their parrots were too noisy for the neighbors’ liking. The noise was outside, in this case, since they kept the parrots in an enclosure in the yard. That one problem can require extensive training – and the parrot’s family didn’t have such training. As a result, authorities required that the family relocate or rehome the parrots.
- In Massachusetts, a parrot became so noisy in its apartment that the landlord found himself in a legal battle. He faced fines of $300 a day until he got the situation resolved. Seeking answers, the property owner learned that the neighbors’ complaints to the License Commission, which handles noise ordinance violations, had brought forth that warning.
Do Your Homework First
Becoming a parrot’s companion resembles the taking of an exam in school. If you do your homework first, you’re prepared. Take time to investigate and learn about parrots before you purchase one. Learn about the different breeds. Some breeds tend to be very noisy at sunrise and sunset. Others are quiet. Some breeds talk well, while others seldom say a word. Some demand a lot of attention. Some do not. Learn as much as you can about parrots, and choose the breed that meets your needs and lifestyle.
Lifetime of Love
Purchase a baby parrot this year, and it may live as long as you do. Are you prepared for such longevity – cute as it may appear?
Some parrot breeds live to be thirty, forty, or even fifty years old. Do the math. If you are thirty years old when you take a parrot into your life, you may have it until your own death. You should prepare to give your companion a lifetime of love and care.
By comparison, a cat or dog appears to be almost a temporary pet. Most dogs and cats live only ten to fifteen years. A parrot qualifies as a “forever” pet and needs a “forever” home. Be sure you want that responsibility.
If you do reach a place where you want to part ways with your parrot, for whatever reason, you may discover that you own a “non-transferable” pet. Some parrots do well when relocated to a new home. Others pine for the former owner, become ill, and die. Consider the parrot’s potential non-transferable status.