Hello - buying a parrot

by Shela
(Arizona)

I was wondering. where can i get a parot to buy?

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Aug 14, 2009
Parrots
by: Linda

Before buying ANY parrot, you must read about parrot care, feeding and housing in books and on the internet. Tracie has some good books out here. For your first bird, you will need to get one of the smaller birds like the Budgie or a Cockatiel. I recommend the Budgie first. So, find a good book or books about Budgies, read them and find out any other information you need on the internet. Birds need large cages suitable for the size and type bird you are getting. They need natural wood perches, preferably branches. They need to be fed high quality pelleted diets and Harrisons is a very good one. Get the small size for your small size bird.Tracie carries a lot of what you'll need on this site, so look around. She also has some training information, and you will need that too.

Please do not buy your bird from a pet store as they are usually sick or getting sick. People in most pet stores do not know how to take care of them, and they will get sick. In your reading, you will find out about breeders and look for some in your area either in those books or on the internet, or your local newspaper. You will need to find a breeder close enough to your home so you can drive and bring your bird home. Ask them any questions you may have about the birds at that time. Make sure you pick a bird who is energetic, with clear, clean nostrils and eyes. Do not pick a bird who is sitting quietly in a corner as that bird is most likely sick.

Take your bird to an Avian vet as soon as possible because birds can get infections because they are under a lot of stress with the move from one place to another.

DO ALL YOUR READING AND STUDYING BEFORE YOU EVEN START LOOKING FOR A BIRD. You MUST know how to take care of your bird, what kind of cage it will need, and the best food for it including what kinds of vegatables it might like and that is safe for it. It can be expensive getting set up for a bird, even a small one, so get the largest cage you can find, buy the best food which will be an organic pelleted food and natural wood, branch perches so its feet are comfortable.

Again, YOU MUST STUDY AND LEARN ABOUT YOUR BIRD BEFORE YOU BUY IT, SO YOU KNOW EVERYTHING YOU CAN ABOUT HOW TO CARE FOR IT INCLUDING ITS CAGE, TOYS AND PERCH SIZES.

If this means not getting your bird for a while, it will be time well spent. Always do your homework first before bringing any new pet home.

Linda

Aug 14, 2009
buying a parrot
by: Lynn

Hi, I own 2 parrots an african grey timneh and a cockaiel. I got one from a breeder and the other from a pet shop. I just want to emphasize that they are alot of work and noisy and take alot of time. I encourage people to do lots of homework before buying a parrot. People but them and then decide that they are too much work and get rid of them. It is very stressful on the birds. I love mind dearly but prefer not to take trips as I have them and I do not want anyone else to care for them. My timneh is like a 2 year old. Demands my attention and competes for my affection with my husband. He is loud at times. Just be sure you want to take on the responsibility. They are a great asset with the right owners.

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