I have to get rid of my parrot, will she miss me?

I have to get rid of my Mccaw. My husband is allergic of her dander. I feel so sad about getting rid of her because I have read so many stories about parrots getting passed around from owner to owner. I never wanted that for my bird but right now, its either the bird or my husband. My husband an I have been living seperatly for the last 3 yrs and I have had the bird. When ever he stays for the weekend or something, it takes a week for him to get his sinuses under control.

We have had her since she was 9 months old and she is 9 yrs old now. I would like to live with my husband again but my heart is breaking over getting rid of the bird. The thought of her missing me is so bad, and I don't know if I am putting to much feeling into this or not. Please advise!

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Oct 27, 2015
No Preen Gland...No Problem
by: Anonymous

You might want to have your husband get an allergy test to ensure that it is in fact the bird. Macaws (unlike old world parrots) do not have a preen gland that produces dust.

As a result...the parrot should be relatively hypoallergenic. What will cause issues with dander is if you allow feathers to break down after they have fallen off, or during pin feather season.

An air purifier helps, and keeping a clean environment will reduce issues.

Apr 02, 2012
Getting rid of parrot
by: Anonymous

Please don't get rid of your bird. Yes, Your bird will miss you terribly, and adjusting to a new home new ppl, new things is always very traumatic on the bird.

Use an air purifier, and your husband can use singular. I have an African Grey, and a son with chronic presistant asthma. My son has not had one single asthma attack inside the home with the bird. Grey's have allot more dander then a Macaw.

My son is able to hold and interact with our grey just fine. The cage and area is kept spotless, I clean the purifier every 3 days with a vacuum. It is more then possible to have both the husband and the bird in the same home.

Please consider it might not be the bird causing his allergies. I had allergies for 5 yrs, hives everyday... I suffered dearly. Turns out it was the materials my furniture was made from. Please consider it could be something else in the house causing him to have a reaction!

Dont just assume automatically it's the bird! Keep the bird, try to find the hubbys trigger, and get him on Zyrtec, Singular, or Allegra.. there's plenty of non drowsy meds for him. KEEP THE BIRD!!!! :D

Good luck!


Apr 01, 2012
I have to get rid of my parrot, will she miss me?
by: Linda

I have to advise you to NOT let your parrot go for all the reasons you already know about and more that you don't. Parrots are passed from home to home, and they become mentally ill after several homes because some of the homes are going to be abusive and/or neglectful. Parrot's lives become hell when this happens over and over again, and it's just not fair to them. You have no idea how many parrots are living in hell right now, and people keep breeding them so the problem worsens every time they do. There are so many birds out there for a cheap price that people who should NEVER, EVER have them are able to get them and make them miserable. Birds need stable, caring homes regardless of species. They deserve much better than they are getting, and it's getting worse with every person who wants to breed birds. The market is flooded, and the value of the birds' lives goes lower all the time to the point where people care nothing for them. Breeders, for the most part, are in it for the money and care little about the birds themselves and even less about where their babies end up.

Your husband can see a doctor and get medication that will take care of the allergies. If he is unwilling to do this, then you already have more of a problem than you thought you had. Allergies can be taken control of and if you keep your bird's cage, room and body clean enough, there won't be that much to be allergic to. Dust is a major allergin, so when I say clean, I mean clean cage everyday, keep the area bird is in also cleaned. Birds can be lightly bathed using a plant sprayer with warm water a few times a week. Just use plain, filtered water that is warm not hot, and this will take care of any dust from bird itself.

I don't mean to be negative here, but I know what is waiting for your bird out there, and it's not a good picture. Even if you find him a good home now, you have no guarantee that he wlll stay there or that the new people will give any thought to rehoming him if they need to. I know you love your bird, so see if you can work this out so you can have both husband and bird in the same house. I am also allergic to my birds and dogs and don't use any kind of medications. I just have to keep everything and everyone clean and as dust free as is possible.

I did become very allergic to cats, so can not have them now, but I refuse to throw my birds and dogs away when my allergies can be managed. Your husband can see his doctor and get some medicine that will keep allergies under control and not make him either sleepy or nervous. I suggest you talk with him about this and how damaging moving your bird out will be for your bird.

Good Luck and keep us posted,
Linda

Apr 01, 2012
Parrot
by: Anonymous

Have you tried an air purifier in the room

Apr 01, 2012
sad
by: Anonymous

Just wanted to say how sad this made me feel, I can't imagine having to give my parrot up. What an awful situation for you. Really hope you find a loving home for her.

Apr 01, 2012
sad
by: Anonymous

I may have to find a new home for my bird too, I understand how your heart breaks

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