Choosing the Right Bird for You and Your Family
Many of you understand that certain dogs have personality characteristics that are associated with their particular breed. Exotic birds are much the same. So in choosing a species, you might want to consider what will best fit into your family or lifestyle situation. There are several factors in your decision to purchase a particular bird that you might want to consider.
First of all, cost is usually a factor. If you cannot afford an appropriate cage for a particular bird, as well as the right sized toys, and proper food, than you cannot afford that bird. Take into account that certain species are cage destructive, and also very destructive with their toys. For these birds, you will need to have a larger budget for a well made cage, one that does not contain external nuts and bolts for instance. So when starting to consider a bird, think about your budget and include not just the parrot, but also the cage and necessary items that will keep your bird stimulated and happy.
Next, think about how important talking ability is, or is not, to you and your family. There are certainly some birds that can be ruled out in consideration, if talking ability is very important. Likewise, some birds like some of the Amazons, and the African Greys, will be a great consideration, as they are much more likely to be good talkers.
You might also want to consider the "snuggly" factor. If you have young children for example, a more cuddly, snuggly bird, like the Cockatoo family could be a direction you will consider. And you might stay away from the larger birds at this time, while children are small, just to assure that little fingers will not suffer a bite.
People who have allergies, or breathing problems, would not want to purchase a Cockatoo, African Grey, or even the little cockatiels, as these birds tend to be very "dusty". Their feather dust can be a problem for some people, especially if they are not frequently bathed to help with the dusty feather issues. Eclectus parrots are thought to be "hypoallergenic" parrots as they have very little dust or dander.
Where will you live with your new bird? Apartments, and even some Condos, will rule out birds that tend to be louder than most. The Macaws, the Cockatoos, some Conures, these birds can make their presence known to anyone in a close vicinity. African Greys, Amazons, Eclectus, some Conures, are actually considered to be quieter species.
And very importantly, how much time will you really devote to your new pet? If it's going to be all about the new bird for four weeks, and then expect him or her to sit happily by itself in the cage thereafter, than you can forget owning any bird. But that being said, there are still some parrots that will not demand as much of your time and attention as others may. Cockatoos are the needy, "velcro birds". They are like owning a two year old for life, they never grow up! Amazons will amuse themselves quite happily, as long as you provide a good size cage, and lots of new and interesting toys to interchange frequently. African Greys don't usually care too much about the "out of cage time". They will happily and contentedly just be near you and not necessarily "on you".
In conclusion, do some research. Search out people who want to sell you the RIGHT bird, not just a bird. Find people who want to sell you the perfect bird for your home, not just the bird they have available.
Remember that birdfarm.com is always on hand to answer any questions or concerns you might have before, during, and even AFTER your purchase. We want our babies to have permanent, happy, homes!