Parrot Day Care

by Aidan
(Dallas, TX, U.S.)

I am looking into adopting a parrot and gathering as much information possible before making any decisions of commitment.
I live in a reasonably close area to many pet stores/day cares and was thinking if it would be a good idea to bring my parrot to the day care as I leave home for school. I figured that it would be a good experience for him/her to be with other birds to keep his attention instead of being kept alone in a room at home until I got back. Also, would it be a good idea to work them into the habit of going to a daycare early into the adoption so they wouldn't feel neglected by the owner?

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Feb 06, 2013
Parrot Day Care
by: D Singh

Hello Aidan,
That's very sweet of you. The parrot day care sounds very good but there're a few things worth considering though. How can you be sure that all the birds in the day care would be healthy? Would your bird miss his companions at the day care when he returns home with you? I would suggest to you, if you can afford to buy another bird as a companion for him; it will be the best thing you and for your bird. Birds prefer their own kind (feathered friends)as companions more than us.

It is always good to have two birds IF you can afford it; they'll have the company of one another and wouldn't be alone (although in separate cages). My birds have their own tv and it's on from the time we are awake on mornings, until it's time for them to sleep. They also have one another's company plus their tv, when I'm out running errands. My tv is in my bedroom so I do not bother them when they are sleep. We are all very lucky that I work from home. Think well and wish you the best of luck getting a beautiful bird or birds. God bless.

Feb 06, 2013
Parrot Day Care
by: Anonymous

You are so sweet to think of your potential pet so highly that you would consider bringing it to day care so it wouldn't be lonely. I personally don't think that is a good idea. Like in the posts below, I would worry about potential illnesses your bird could get, but most of all, I wouldn't want anyone training my bird other than myself. Birds bond with one person and I would hate it if that person was the day care provider and not me.

I got my bird from people who abused her and didn't want her anymore, yet they wanted to come over and visit all the time. I didn't allow it because I didn't want to confuse the bird or bring back bad memories of these people yelling and throwing things at her.

When I leave the house, I put the radio on for my bird to keep her company and make sure she has her favorite toys in the cage. After you establish a routine with your bird, they get used to you not being there and usually nap while you're gone.

Feb 06, 2013
Reply to Tracie
by: Aidan

Thank you for the reply.
I know of one day care for birds that does require yearly vaccinations and a document/paper of proof.
The other two I have found seemed to have no mention of it or a website unfortunately. I've read some reviews to the bird shops/daycare and they seem good. One also provided training!
I've also thought of possibly bringing him/her by twice a week so boarding prices won't eat up my wallet. It could keep him busy and entertained.

Feb 06, 2013
Parrot day care
by: Tracie

You are sweet to think of this and smart to do research before purchasing a parrot. :-)

I have never heard of anyone taking a bird to "parrot daycare" on a daily basis. People usually board their birds when traveling. I am surprised that several pet stores, that you mentioned, have people that actually bring their birds every day.

If you decide to do this, make sure the store requires ALL birds have yearly vaccinations before even visiting the store with your bird. Even when you go to a pet store without your bird, you need to wash up and change your clothes when you get home, due to the typically sick birds that are brought there by breeders to be sold.

If you have found an individually owned bird store, then it is more likely that the birds see an avian vet yearly and the birds they sell are raised by reputable breeders.

I suggest you spend time with the breeder of whatever bird you purchase. This gives you a chance to see the environment the bird is raised in, how loud and messy the birds are, and have the potential for the bird to pick you. When a bird picks you, it means that the bird wants to stay with you and not go back in the cage.

Visiting the breeder also gives the breeder a change to get to know you and help you pick a bird that is right for your circumstances and expectations. For instance, if you purchase a bird that lives 50+ years, they may want to know if you have an interest and $$$ to care for the bird this long?

Helpful pages and articles for you:
Parrot Comparison Chart
Parrot Training page
Switching Birds To Pellets article

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