Should humans have birds as pets?
by John Fahlsing
(Saint Petersburg, Fl.)
Baby and the fat guy... (Quaker Parrot)
Yes, but if you just want a pet then by all means treat it as a pet, care for it, feed it, talk with it but remember this....
A bird is for life, your or theirs. They get used to you, expect to see you at certain regular times and they do wait for you. I can hardly get the key in my door and my free roaming Baby starts squawking for me. The routines are important to them as well...
He waits for me to get ready for the shower, grab the towel and swoosh he on the shoulder and we're off. Afterwards, he waits for the usual dry off, out of the shower, Daddy gets dressed, and swoosh he's back on the shoulder, or on the table for some play time, depends on how he feels.
I believe birds train their owners as well, if he don't want to play or feels like just napping, i turn the tv sound down, or www and let him be. He will wake up, come to Daddy, and we socialize.
I wouldn't have any other friend in the world and I hope he outlives me.
Birds are for life, you learn to train them, they learn to train you.
He still doesn't talk yet, but we do communicate very well.