Parrots are a beautiful bird and can make a lovely pet. The problem with owning one is that not every home is ready to adopt this bird and handle the responsibility that goes along with it. Parrots are a big commitment and you really need to know what you are getting into before even considering one.
Have you been thinking about getting a parrot?
Consider this. Parrots usually have a lifespan of over 50 years. How old will you be in 50 years? If there’s a chance that the parrot will outlive you you’ll want to have something set up for the future. Is there anybody in your family who is willing to take on the responsibility of the bird when you’re no longer able to?
The other thing you have to look at when considering a parrot as a pet are the other family members in the household. If you have young children at home and you plan on purchasing a macaw or an African grey, it could spell trouble. These birds have mighty beak strength and can seriously harm a child’s young fingers.
Parrots can also scream very loudly. If you live in an apartment or condo, you may get angry complaints from your neighbors if the noise bothers them. If you live in a house you’ll have to decide whether you can put up with a parrot’s loud vocal abilities or not.
You’ll also have to consider the expense of setting up and maintaining a parrot. These birds are large and will require big bird cages and accessories. You’ll also have to have room to set up these bird cages on top of figuring out where you can let the parrot out to play. If you have fine furniture you’ll want to get that protected before letting the bird loose.
Parrots are a temptation to buy since they are a graceful and elegant bird. It is hard to walk out of a pet store without thinking twice about purchasing the talking parrot you saw chattering in his cage. It’s also hard to think about the responsibility of owning one of these fine birds when they are showing off right in front of you.
If you think that you are ready to take on this type of commitment and are prepared to handle the expense, the noise and you don’t have young children in the home, parrots do make a great pet. It’s just a matter of making sure that everything is set into place properly before getting one while making sure that the decision is best for you, your family and the parrot itself.