Work a rotating 12 hr shift...should I get a parrot?

by Paul
(Dallas)

I work a 12 hr rotating shift, and wonder if the changing times will have any adverse effects on a parrot. I have been doing extensive research on parrots, but have not found any info on this. I never work more than 4 days or nights without 24 hrs off, and I only have to work 18 out 42 days. Also, in that six week period, EVERY six weeks, I am off for two weeks straight. So I guess my question is will the bird get used to me being around 24/7 for 2 weeks, and will he freak out when I start my shift rotation and am gone 13-14 hrs a day.

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May 31, 2011
Thanks for the replies
by: Anonymous

Linda, thank you for your detailed reply. I felt like that would be the case, as I have done a lot of research. As far as getting a normal work schedule, well, that will happen......in 12 years when I retire. So no birdie for me. Thanks again for the help.

May 30, 2011
Work a rotating 12 hr shift...should I get a parrot?
by: Linda

Your question is a valid concern, and I'll sttempt to address it completely. If you've done a lot of study about parrots, you already know they are creatures of habit. They like the same things to happen everyday in the same order.

Yes, your bird will be constantly in a state of stress with these kinds of hours. The only way it could even possibly work is to have two birds in two different cages, and even then this is a very iffy situation at best.

I'm not trying to discourage you from having a parrot for a pet, but until you can work same hours everyday or at least most of the time, please hold off on the parrot. They could get used to your schedule, but I kind of doubt it. They need 12 hours of full spectrum light during the day, and they need the same spent in darkness. Birds sometimes become afraid of a noise or something in the night and thrash about in their cage causing injury to themselves. If you are not there at those times, birds can and do bleed out from broken feathers.

Please hold off on getting a parrot for a pet until you can have a more normal working environment as for shifts. You'll be glad you did in the long run!

Linda

May 30, 2011
Parrots need schedules
by: Anonymous

A Parrot would not be a good choice for your schedule! They will not be able to adapt to your rotating schedule, and would be lonely when you are gone.

May 30, 2011
correction to above
by: Paul

Thanks for the approval and for posting my question so quickly. In my statement above, I need to make a small correction. I never work more than 4 days or nights in a row without 48 hrs (not 24) off. Minor detail, I know, but I think Im a little COD.

Looking forward to some opinions on this. Thanks!!

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