Hi! I'm Keet. This blog post is part of a series of lessons about parrots. Enjoy!
"Can I have a parrot?" Many kids have asked this after seeing a brilliant macaw at a friend's house, or at the feed shop, or in a book. For the aveage family, the answer should be "no".
Why? Well, most parrots make VERY POOR PETS for the average person. They are loud, intelligent, long-lived, and need a large habitat and lots of care. Plus, some people who adopt parrots sadly know almost nothing about parrot care. If you really, really want a parrot, and know a good deal about your prefered species, you should have the following:
- High income. Parrots are usually expensive pets, even budgies - the cage, food, toys, medical check-ups and procedures, and adoption fees add up to a pretty high overall bill.
- Soap, water, a vacuum and a sponge. Birds in general are very messy, and parrots have large droppings.
- Extra time. Even a cockatiel or budgergiar needs ±1 hour of attention per day, and, usually, the larger the bird, the more demanding.
- Earmuffs. Parrots can be extremely vocal, especially around dawn and dusk.
- A possible spot open in your last will and testiment. Though it may vary based on your age and bird species, most parrots will outlive you.
- Love. Because all you need is- *shot*
Thus, most people can't have parrots.
So, if you are like "most people", where can you interact with parrots? A few suggestions:
- Animal rescues, which sometimes have parrots and are always looking for voulnteers. Mickaboo (Pacifica, California) and Best Friends Animal Society (Kanab, Utah) are two examples. (Both take volunteers under 18, if accompanied by an adult guardian.)
- Zoos. Many zoos have macaws or other parrots - though it may not be the one-on-one bonding inetraction with a parrot you were looking for, it is still educational and fun to watch them.
- Theme parks. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (Vallejo, California) has an educational (and humane) show in their Bird Theatre, with parrots such as Amazons and Umbrella Cockatoos.
- Friends. Maybe a co-worker or classmate is going camping, and needs someone to watch their parrot for a few days.
- Somewhere out in the jungles and deserts of Latin America, South America, Indonesia, Australia and perhaps New Zealand.
Well, I hope that you do get the chance to interact with these beautiful birdies. Byeee!