Parrots Say Do Not Throw Us Away: Research Birds Before Buying and Help Eliminate Second Home Parrots

Some people go through parrots like purses, or pairs of shoes. Treating the parrot like a throw away commodity. When the parrot does not meet the person’s needs, the owner sells the parrot, finding a new parrot. In essence, the bird owner is starting over again with a new parrot species. This is unfair to the past and present birds. A responsible parrot owner must do research prior to buying a feathered friend. Learn what parrot species best meets the needs and life style of the family, before adding a parrot to the home. For more infos, you can check 

Birds of all sizes

There are Parakeets and cockatiels, both are smaller, more musical, and easier to care for in a smaller home or apartment. Then there are the slightly larger Conures. Conures are beautiful, brightly colored birds, yet the noise level from conures is unsuitable for apartments or small homes. The larger parrots are usually more suited for homes and not apartment life due to not only their noise capabilities but also due to their destructive qualities. The size increases with the Amazons, African Greys, Cockatoos, and Macaws.

Reality Bird Websites

There are several websites recommended for the person thinking about adding a parrot to the home or family. These websites are reality websites truly showing the problems associated with owning a bird. Every potential bird owner should be required to view both websites. The first site is The Gabriel Foundation which is a parrot welfare organization based in Colorado.

Pet Shop Birds

The Gabriel Foundation is dedicated to educating potential bird owners and communities regarding the growing concern of unwanted birds resulting from pet stores. When the relationship between bird and owner fails, the bird is the only one who truly suffers. Unlike local Humane shelters for cats and dogs, there are few places to “drop” off unwanted birds.

Birds for Sale

Most parrot owners sell birds on places like Craigslist, or in local newspapers. The owner’s interest is in the highest bidder, and in earning back money spent on the bird. Rarely is one looking for the best home or checking to see if the next owner is knowledgeable about birds.

Bird Skeletons

Unfortunately, rehomed birds usually have baggage. Baggage means that the bird has learned a bad habit like screaming, biting, or feather picking due to neglect, or improper care from the previous owner knowing little or nothing about birds. The original owner is rarely forthcoming regarding bad habits the bird has acquired.

Velcro Birds

The second website is for people in love with the idea of adding a cuddly Cockatoo to the family and think, “I need one of those Velcro birds.” Anyone considering a Cockatoo should visit the web site The Moluccan Cockatoo is a light salmon pink color with super soft feathers, and like the only slightly smaller white Umbrella Cockatoo prefers to sit on its owners lap than anywhere else.

Banshee Screams

The screams that come out of a Moluccan or Umbrella Cockatoo will sound like your neighbor is murdering his wife. The shrill and high-pitched sounds could peel the paint off the ceiling of your home. The Cockatoos are definitely not for the faint of heart. In essence having a Cockatoo is like having a demanding toddler that resides in your home.

Timing is everything

In the end, it is important to realize there are many differences among the variety of birds available to pet owners today. If after doing research, one decides that the time is not optimal for adding a parrot or bird to the family, that is being a responsible pet advocate, rather than buying a bird and saying; “if it does not work, we can always find it another home.”

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Parrots as Pet Birds: Macaws, Cockatoos, Cockatiels and Lovebirds

When people think about owning a parrot they tend to think about the big parrots: the cockatoo and the macaw. Certainly the various cockatoo and macaw species make impressive pet birds, but they come with special challenges and requirements. Parrot cages for macaws take up lots of space, and few people have the space to build a parrot aviary. Even fewer have the time needed to keep a large cockatoo happy, and it’s a rare neighbor indeed who doesn’t mind the noise a large parrot makes.

Fortunately, pet birds come in many sizes. Beautiful and intelligent though the large parrots are, they certainly aren’t for everyone. Parrots as a species range from lovebirds and budges up to the hyacinth macaw, a monster of a bird measuring four feet from beak to tail-tip.

Don’t be fooled however: even a small parrot requires more time, care, and effort than almost any other pet. Even the humble cockatiel is an intelligent, demanding pet that needs regular attention to be happy.


Before Buying a Parrot

Please do your homework before bringing home a parrot. Parrots aren’t like hamsters, with a lifespan of one or two years; adopting a parrot is a long-term commitment. A small parrot such as a lovebird can live up to fifteen years. Larger macaws and cockatoos can easily outlive their owners.

Then there’s the noise factor. All parrots make noise. Generally, the bigger the parrot, the louder the bird. A Moluccan cockatoo, the largest of the cockatoos, also holds the title of the world’s loudest bird at 135 decibels. One of the only other fliers capable of topping this noise is the jumbo jet, at 140 decibels.

In comparison, the smaller parrot breeds (the cockatiel, the budgie, and the lovebird) are much quieter. Size can be deceptive though. The conure, a small South American parrot, is well known for its ear-splitting cries.

Bright and Easily Bored

Parrots are intelligent animals. The cockatoo is as intelligent as a five year old human. Even the budgie and cockatiel are capable of exceptional problem-solving skills. This is one of the great joys of parrots as pet birds. It’s wonderful (and a little humbling) watching a parrot exercise its brain.

Too often, however, people make the mistake of assuming parrots are “bird brains.” A parrot without toys, activities, and personal interaction is a bored parrot. And a bored parrot easily becomes neurotic or self-destructive. Constant screaming, feather plucking, and even self-injury are common amongst neglected parrots.

Parrots are flock animals. In the absence of a flock of their own kind, they turn to their owners for interaction. How much interaction depends on the species. A cockatiel might be happy with an hours play every day. A cockatoo, however, will want to spend as much time out of the cage, and with you, as possible. Think about a clingy five year old and you’ll get some idea of a cockatoo’s attention needs.

Parrot Talk

For many people, the allure of a parrot lies in its talking ability. Certain parrots, the African Grey, the Eclectus, and the humble budgie, have excellent talking abilities. And yet there’s no guarantee. It’s unusual, but some African Greys never learn to talk. Talking should never be a factor when buying a parrot, because it might not happen.

On the Plus Side

Sounds rather deterring doesn’t it? On the plus side, if you’re willing to spend time with your parrot, play with it, train it, and accept its instinctive behaviors, a parrot can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable companions you’ll ever meet. You can get more infos here.

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Owning a Moluccan Cockatoo

A Pet Bird for an Experienced and Patient Owner

The Moluccan Cockatoo is a very intelligent bird and their learning abilities can go beyond talking. They have been known to pick their cage locks, destroy property and manipulate their owners. On the other hand, they can develop an extensive vocabulary, mimic noises around them and sing a variety of songs.

Selecting a Moluccan Cockatoo

For the best results, consider buying a hand-tamed and hand-fed baby Cockatoo. They are accustomed to interacting with humans and will quickly adjust to your home.

Cages for a Moluccan Cockatoo

Even though a baby bird is small, you will need to think ahead of cage size. The ideal cage size for an adult Cockatoo should be approximately 4 foot square and they can be expensive. Unless you want your bird to run amok in your house, you need to buy a secure lock for the cage. Cockatoos are able to pick locks; it seems to be their first priority. You should let your bird out if its cage only when you are present for play time and training sessions.



Creating a Home Environment for a Moluccan Cockatoo

Cockatoos are quite noisy and have a tendency to let out screams for attention or when they are bored. If you live in an apartment, this is not the bird for you. They are a large bird and need large spaces for walking and exploring. In order to prevent Cockatoos from flying out of your house and never returning, their wings need to be clipped. It is painless to the bird because it’s only a clipping of the end of their pin feather.

Another consideration is the number of people in your household. Depending on the temperament of your bird, it may not like children or spouses. Cockatoos have large sharp beaks and can actually cut off a child’s finger. Birds crave bonding with humans but sometimes they will bond with only one person in the household.

When you run your hands through their feathers, a talc-like substance will accumulate on your fingers. If any member of the family has a dust allergy, a Cockatoo is not for you.

Care and Feeding of a Moluccan Cockatoo

You have to be prepared to spend at least 4 to 5 hours a day interacting with a Cockatoo. They need ongoing stimulation and challenges, otherwise they get bored. A bored bird will scream, destroy its surroundings and pluck its feathers (which is a serious habit that is hard to break).

For food, they like fruits, vegetables, nuts and ground meat. Do not feed Cockatoos (or any bird) avocados because this will cause instant death. Their cage must be cleaned out daily to remove droppings, replenish water and remove uneaten food.

A Cockatoo is not recommended for beginners because of their temper tantrums and their selective bonding abilities.

Bonding With a Moluccan Cockatoo

If you bond with a Cockatoo, you will gain and loyal and devoted companion. The satisfaction of seeing your pet bird learn how to become a social animal and retain what you teach is certainly worthwhile if you are willing to devote a lot of time.

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Things to do after exterminator leaves your house

Once an exterminator gives you an all clear status, you still have things to do. The primacy of such operation is to prevent another infestation. You need to make sure the impact of the program is sustained. You will be instructed to carry out some tasks by the company itself. However, you still need to take care of more stuff yourself.

Following the instructions supplied by your pest control company by default becomes part of the essentials. The guidelines will begin with cleaning chores straightaway. Vacuuming and mopping tasks are classic examples. To enjoy complete effectiveness of the program, you need to take these directives seriously.

Clutters at the corners in your houses become the natural retreat for pests. Untidy areas in your home lets pest breed and repopulate. Show more discipline in regard to tidiness at home. Make sure there is no hangout spot for pests and insects in your home.

Gaps in the exterior of your houses are the entry points for pests. Seal the spots where plumbing meet construction. Seal all windows and doorways tightly. Fill the cracks that happen around molding in the interior. Be more careful of areas surrounding baseboards.

Exposure to pesticide is as harmful to us as it is for pests. If your clothes get exposed to pesticide, wash them with machine. Mattress and furniture covered in clothing are safe from exposure. If you still suspect contamination, it’s a good idea to call mattress/furniture store about cleaning directives. Do not return food and kitchen items until the cleaning are thoroughly done.

Pesticide odor makes your house an unpleasant place in quick time. Ventilate your room to get rid of the odor. Open windows and doors and let the air in. It helps remove the typical pesticide odor. It may take a few hours to even days to get rid of the odor completely.

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