Signs You Should NOT Get a Pet Bird
By Dr. Laurie Hess, Dipl ABVP (Avian Practice)
Too many people rush out and buy birds impulsively because they see colorful, interactive animals and just have to have one without actually knowing what they’re getting into. These people often get the new bird home and, while they initially enjoy it because a bird such a novel pet, become frustrated with the complexity of the bird’s care and end up losing interest in the animal. Over time, with little attention from the owner, the bird often develops habits like feather picking, screaming or biting, which makes the owner like the pet even less, perpetuating the cycle of decreased interaction.
Ultimately, many birds that were once lots of fun end up being returned to the store or left at shelters to be rehomed. To avoid this scenario, it’s important to do your research and consider if a bird is the best pet for you. If any of the following scenarios apply to you, you would likely do better with another type of pet.