Choosing the Best Bird for a Pet
Most people love pets. Actually I believe that all people love pets because they are adorable. As much as they may not speak to us, there is a lot that we learn from them. They usually entertain us and in most instances make goods part of our lives. However at times pets may have too many demands because of their nature that we may not be able to handle.
This mostly applies to having birds as pets. Unlike dogs and cats, birds usually don’t easily blend in with people. They love their independence which is natural to them and that may be the reason why most of them remain caged. This may be good but at times disastrous to them.
My mother used to have to scarlet macaws which were part of our family. She loved dearly and was ever cautious about any person who was handling them or feeding them. She always wanted these to be her sole role. I believe that it was her tentative nature which made her stay with the macaws for several years while they were in good health before finally donating them to a bird sanctuary for breeding as they grew older.
Tips to Buying a Healthy Bird
The short stay that I had with the macaws made me to become a bird lover. The birds may have been a nuisance, sometimes making louder noise or even trying to escape, but they were always fun to be around. When I moved out later and acquired a place of my own, I felt that I a pet to keep me company at home before I could settle down for family life. That is when I got the idea of purchasing a pet parrot. Parrots are really entertaining. However, they are too demanding and given less attention, they can easily feel lonely, frustrated and can easily result to death if they are not taken care of well.
I went to a pet store and after looking around I decided to purchase a yellow-naped Amazon parrot. It was a bit big, but a loved it because it was much colorful and talkative at the store and therefore I felt that it would give me good company. That was the first mistake that I did. The first thing that I never took into consideration was how the parrot was cultured.
Actually, it was rather later that I realized that my need to have a pet led me to purchase one which had not been well-socialized. Therefore it was hard for me to feed him or handle him in any way. Each time I was near him trying to feed him he would freak out. There were times that he was nice, but I figured out that he really felt lonely. Maybe he was talkative at the pet store because if the presence of other birds. But now at home where he was alone with me, he felt quiet insecure.
Unhealthy Petting of Birds Can Lead to their Death
The nervousness always made the parrot become very noisy even at night that I found it hard to get good sleep. When I was not around he also made a lot of noise that my neighbors would complain. This made me feel that the parrot was lonely and I opted to find him another company. I went back to the store in search for a female companion to keep him company. I couldn’t find a female of the same species and I ended up purchasing a female orange Amazon parrot.
I thought that that it. I placed them in the same cage and they seemed to blend well. However, they were quiet noisy at night. I thought that they would blend in with time. The following morning after feeding them I left for work. I was astonished in the evening to find the female one had been badly pecked and needed medical attention. I called a vet who treated her. That evening, following the advice of the vet, I bought a separate cage for her.
She was quiet weak for the next few days before she finally died. I felt quite a pity. I also realized that I couldn’t keep with the demand of the male parrot and eventually decided to resell him. In essence, it is vital to make a good choice and make some observations before petting a bird. And, more importantly, you need to be a tentative and cautious bird lover who goes according to the habits and moods of the birds.