Subject: Why do we keep parrots as pets?
We recently shared a link on Facebook from an article in Flock Talk produced by The Garda Aviary, a rescue. The message given to the Girl Scouts on this visit was "parrots do not make good pets because they are flocking animals and are extremely loud and noisy, and they will most likely outlive their own persons parrots can live up to 80 to 90 years old.
The posting of the article brought the following response from Melanie Allen of Hagen
The pet industry should be very concerned with this
strategy…I don’t know that it’s wrong…the first line
is good PR piece because it shows Girls Scouts
getting involved in community-the parrot community. This
group of young girls learned many interesting facts
about Parrots. That’s cool-many scholastic
lessons can be taught to our younger generations with the
help of parrots. What alarmed me was the last item
listed as part of their learning experience with
Garuda Aviary… “That parrots do not make good pets”.
They didn’t learn-“Parrots may not be good pets for
many people”. It was pretty finite.
My concern that the Flock Talk group is imprinting a very
negative and final attitude on impressionable young
people stems from not just a
manufacture perspective, but from a parrot
enthusiast that is a very involved member of the
avian community-to include properly run rescues and
Finite attitudes of this nature create risks for the
parrots and the future for all parrots in companion
lifestyles. Advancements in avian medicine, avian
nutrition, and care begins with the pets- and is very
much applied in wild parrot conservation endeavors.
Companies such as Hagen, Zupreem, Lafebers to
name just a few that work to on better products for
the companion bird.
This type of propaganda on youth has happened in Europe-where many pet shops do not sell parrots-or products that cater to them. In the United Kingdom, the pet parrot has lost in place in the pet industry in the past decade. At one time many pet stores had parakeets and an occasional Amazon for sale.
Now, it’s a rarity. The reason-the media went crazy infiltrating schools, youth groups, everything that comes in contact with young generation-with messages that supported the claims that birds do not make good pets. “They shouldn’t be in cages”.” They are too noisy”. I couldn’t believe it-so I reached out to my aunts and uncles, and cousins in England. And, yes –my cousins’ grandchildren think it’s horrendous that I have a pet parrot-in a cage!
Video - How a Parrot Learns it's Name in
Catherine found this interesting blog post from the Parrot Nation blog with a tongue-in-cheek description of how you can prepare yourself for bird ownership. The first paragraph sets the tone.
"Take a big bite of carrot. Chew it up well, but don’t swallow it. Now go out to your dining room and spew it all over the wall. Leave it there until it dries. Get a sponge and a scraper and scrape it off the wall. Repeat at least three times a week".
The flipside to all of this is there are many humans who don't make necessarily good bird companions. We had an individual come into the Birdie Boutique last week to order some breeding cages. The cages he wanted us to order were 21 inches wide and divided. He wanted three of them. These cages are typically used to breed canaries. We always ask about the species we're dealing with so that we can properly match the equipment to the birds.
His response was jaw-dropping. He wanted to put four pairs of breeding lovebirds and one pair of breeding Pionus parrots in the five 11 inch wide compartments with the sixth 11 inch wide compartment designated for all the baby birds. We asked him how much he knew about breeding? He said he didn't but he was learning. He needed the cages right away because he already bought the birds and they were all living in cardboard boxes in his home. He then basically asked us to teach him everything we knew about breeding birds. We don't do this often we just asked him to leave.
Video - Hungry lovebird can't wait for his
does this leave us? Do birds really make bad pets? Do
humans really make bad companions? Neither statement is a
hard truth. We feel the best approach is
you get the bird is especially important. Understanding
your abilities, your lifestyle and the expectation of
family members and friends who may be asked to participate
in the care of your bird(s).
Education is ongoing. We've been doing this for almost 20 years and we feel we've only just scratched the surface in terms of learning about their behavior. If you've spent any time recently on WindyCityParrot.com you'll notice that we are placing buttons in almost every category leading to articles on proper bird and parrot care. As we learn we want you to learn and be confident in caring for your birds. .
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