Parrots as Pets: What You Need to Know Before You Get One - Petful
Pionus Parrots as Pets: Personality, Care and Training - Beauty of Birds
Rarely do aviculturists find themselves in unanimous agreement. However, rarely have I met someone who didn’t agree on the engaging and clownish personality of the caique parrot. These small (9 inches) but sturdily-built South American parrots are highly desired pets due to their beautiful plumage and lively, inquisitive natures. Caiques (commonly pronounced “ky eek” in the United States) love to play and are often described as natural clowns with a sweet, somewhat mischievous nature. These high-energy parrots require an owner who appreciates and nurtures their unique personalities.
Dogs bred for guarding or overseeing livestock are even-tempered and can be trained to tolerate parrots. This group includes border collies, sheepdogs, greater Swiss mountain dogs and the Great Pyrenees. Although extremely large and weighing between 70 and 120 pounds, the Bernese mountain dog is a gentle giant who can be extremely friendly around other pets. Herding dogs have an innate drive to direct and nip other animals. Even a small scratch or bite can be dangerous for your bird, requiring an immediate trip to the veterinarian. A bird’s skin is thin and contains few blood vessels, which prevents excessive bleeding after an injury. While this can be positive, it increases the risk of infection. The majority of bacteria is not flushed from the wound by the flow of blood.
Avian Welfare Coalition - Keeping Parrots as "Pets"
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have parrots as pets
Parrots do not make good pets, and I strongly advocate against anyone who has no previous experience with the larger birds from getting one. My wife and I support several parrot rescue organizations, and they all tell the same sad tale. They are booked to capacity with birds that were given up by people who didn't know what they were getting themselves into or birds that have outlived their caregivers. My vet will even tell you sadder tales of coming into work and finding birds abandoned on her doorstep. She calls them “dumps.” Let me share with you some things to consider before thinking about bringing a parrot into your life.The parrots’ wild traits don’t usually mesh well in people’s homes or even in outside aviaries. The third most popular pet in America is one of the most frustrating, destructive, messy, and noisy pets a person can have, increasing the odds that the birds will be abused and neglected, and rehomed. Yet, pet stores rarely offer these facts to their customers prior to purchase.Unfortunately, the companion parrot has joined the ranks alongside the most discarded, homeless pets in America. They are also likely the most complex and most misunderstood of all popular animals kept as pets.Pet store marketing campaigns give consumers the false impression that parrots make ideal pets. Yet nothing could be further from the truth, as parrots require an extraordinary amount of care and attention and can have lifespans comparable to humans.