Adopt A Rescued Bird Month on January, 2018: Risks Of Adopting Birds From Rescue Shelters?
January, 2018 is Adopt A Rescued Bird Month 2018. Parrots and Cockatoos Do you want a winged friend 4 life? Learn more about them from us.
when you adopt a bird you have to remember that they may have issues from abandonment to outright abuse. the good thing is that most birds move on with time and training. when we got our cockateil he had been abandoned outside in front of my sisters store, in a box, in the middle of february with a snowstorm on its way, with a note that said "he bites, dont want". we have no idea what happened to him before we got him, but he has the greatest personality! we have had him for over 18 months and he loves me(of course), tolerates my sister, and LOVES the windows in our house! He doesnt like men at all tho. :) that might be from abuse, or it could be his dislike/like.
the best way to besure that the bird you choose is right for you is to spend time with you to bond to you. personally i like the cockatiels better then any other bird ive had in the 6 years i have had them
My daughter wants a bird for her birthday?
Most rescues will adopt to people with children, but because of the nature of the bird and where it has been, they normally will not do it because they either think that the bird is going to be harassed by the child, unintentionally of course, or the bird will not get any attention because the child needs it. They are more weary of adopting to someone with a 7 year old than someone with a 17 year old, if you know what I mean. It's just to be cautious.
Parakeets and cockatiels will be perfectly fine alone if you give them enough attention and treat them right. The only time you really need 2 or more birds is when you cannot provide at least an hour of play each day or due to the bird being lonely, again because of lack of attention/play, it starts to pluck.
Plan to spend around 30$ for a parakeet, 75$ for a cockatiel. The cage will be another 60$+, and food will run you about 20$ a month, not including fresh veggies and fruits or any additional things you want to give your bird. And toys are constantly destroyed, they not only need to be rotated to reduce boredom, but they also need to be given new toys as they start to run out of them.
Cockatiels are more of a mini parrot, therefore they're going to be more social, friendly and be around a bit longer. A parakeet is a great first bird, especially since they can become great buddies with you and your daughter. The choice is really up to you. It depends what you want out of the bird, what you can put up with and ultimately, what you are willing to put it attention wise.
You should buy a book on parakeets or cockatiels and learn what you need to about them before you jump to buy her a bird. You are a great mom for wanting to get her it and an even better mom for wanting to adopt, but if the bird is not cared for properly, so many things can happen.
You have 5 weeks before you have to get it, so I would suggest you spend the next few weeks studying up and just reading about parakeets in your spare time. Don't be shy to ask questions here on YA! either.
Also, get the bird from a breeder or small petshop before you decide to get it from a chain store like petco & petsmart, too. Birds are going to be friendlier if they come from a breeder who personally cares and feeds them. Whatever you do, just remember that birds are work. They are not like hamsters or cats or dogs. They require more than that and as long as you can provide attention and what not, then I say you should get it and it will make your daughter really happy!
Is it ok to buy a bird from a breeder instead of rescuing one?
When it comes to parrots, always get the bird you want. Cockatiels are some of the most popular pet birds in western society, it will find a home. If this is your first bird, it's not a good idea to get a rescue, especially if you're not an adult with a stable income, job, and housing. Parrots take a lot of work. Rescue parrots often take so much more. It's best for you, your mom, and the cockatiel that you get the rosey bourke. You won't have the very hard task of helping an intelligent bird adapt to a new home and a new life. Your mom won't have to deal with caring for a rescue bird that may not be all there while you're in school or with your friends. The cockatiel will likely get adopted by a more experienced owner who is capable of providing the proper care for it.
That being said, cockatiels are still great birds. They're so comical and expressive. Even if you don't want or can't provide for a rescue cockatiel, breeder birds still make good pets. Anyways, choice is yours, choose the bird YOU want, and be absolutely dedicated to it once you do!