I go to school can i have a parrot?

by Kenzie
(Virginia)

I go to school around 6 or 7 hours a day. I really want a small medium bird like a caique or a goffins cockatoo. I am educated on most birds and have the proper funds but I wondered if 4 or 5 hours out of the cage is enough. Also can the handle me being gone even though my mom will be here? If not if there any bird good for my schedule?

Ps. I am not new to the bird world. I have owned some budgies and handled macaws and umbrellas.

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Mar 27, 2013
Parrot Time - Your Concerns
by: Anonymous

If you can provide time for your pet regardless of your hours and have your mom help out with that quality care then there shouldn't be a problem. Many parents have to work and go to school and have children, they have to juggle all and make sure they give their children that quality care and time, as long as you remember how much care your birds need and can do it, then go for it! I would definitely seek a large cage this way your bird doesn't feel soooo enclosed. Provide levels of fun, variety, scenery, A mansion within your mansion as I call it. lol. / every little bit helps.. Good Luck with your decision.

Mar 27, 2013
I go to school can i have a parrot?
by: Linda

It's very good that you already have some experience with birds which is a plus. If your Mother is willing to clean bird's cage, make sure he has fresh food and water and some company, I don't see why this couldn't work for you.

Also make sure your bird is not left out of his cage unless someone is watching over him. He will need an exam with an Avian Vet within the first few days to check for infections and other physical issues. Have some basic bloodwork done to see how organs are functioning. Make sure cage is fully outfitted with safe wood natural branch perches for his size feet. The dowels that come with cages are very uncomfortable because they are just one size, and will cause arthritis even in young birds. Make sure he will be eating a healthy diet of preferably 80-85% organic pellets like Harrisons with only 10-15% in veggies or fruit which means small amounts only a few times a week. Feed no human food of any kind, and once bird is changed over to Harrisons pellets, he can have NO animal protein because of severe dietary imbalance. The link below explains how to go about the change, and make NO changes until he has a clean bill of health from an avian vet.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

He needs to be examined by the Avian Vet during the first few days he's with you because most birds coming from pet stores and breeders either already have or will get an infection from stress of moving around and being with other birds.

I do think this can work for you and remember your bird is highly intelligent and feels emotions and pain just like we do. They are far more than a pet and are more like Best Friends Forever.

Keep us posted,
Linda

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