Things to Consider Before Buying a Bird

Bird 1 300x199 Things to Consider Before Buying a BirdWhere to start…

First we have to consider the following :

The price of a parrot varies in large bounds in dependence with the species. You can buy for example a budgie for less than $10.00. The price of the cockatiel varies between $25 – $35. An Amazonian parrot and grey parrot can be purchased for about $300 – $400, cockatoo for $1,000 …… and the price of some parrots reaches $15,000! This is one of the initial questions which you have to answer.

How much space will the bird need?

Bird 6 150x150 Things to Consider Before Buying a BirdLarger birds and even some of the small ones are very active physically and need big cages and space in which to play.

Is there any free time for the bird? Will you have time to play with your bird? To care properly of it? Will it have the chance to be a part of your family? These are probably the most important questions.

Birds are intelligent, playful and mostly “ social ” creatures. Consider the fact that birds live fairly long. A small parrot cockatiel lives for 20 years and more! Amazona or the African grey parrot can live for 50 – 60 years and there are documented cases of birds that lived up to the respectable age of 100 years! Can you devote to this? It is not unusual to inherit birds from previous generations. Don’t buy a bird if you think that you will soon get bored wit hit.

How noisy is the bird?

Will the neighbors murmur? Budgies and cockatiel are comparatively quiet. They are suitable to look after in a flat. Moluxco cockatoo could live in a flat, only if you have neighbors around you and six floors above / below you that like listeBird 14 150x150 Things to Consider Before Buying a Birdning screams to cracking their ear – drums. The African grey parrot tends to be one of comparatively non-noisy parrots. Certainly, there are individual differences between birds. Somewhere there could be a cockatoo, that doesn’t make noise, that can be heard in heaven. If they actually could be found, an enterprising person could make a fortune. Remember that noise is a subjective and relative sensation. A bird can be considered as “ non-noisy ” only at the background of another one,considered as noisy.


How “ destructive ” could a bird be?

Do you possess peerless old furniture? Rare books? Remember that these birds have strong beaks,. Some of them are less inclined to “ nibbling ” than others, but nibbling is completely natural behavior, for them. Bird 13 150x150 Things to Consider Before Buying a Bird

Do they require special food?

Lory parrots, for example, need a specialized diet. Do you have an opportunity and means to provide it?

Only when you have completed a preliminary investigation will you know what kind of bird is right for you.  Then you can feel more secure in your decision, which bird to look for and thus find hte best place to shop for it.


By Robert Williams

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