We all have come to know and love certain species of animals as pets based on what our parents, family members, friends, and classmates have introduced us to starting as children and continuing later in life. The most common house pets include dogs, cats, birds, fish, hamsters, or reptiles.
Reminiscent of our childhood days and still popular today are common pet store birds – parakeets, canaries and finches. These cute little creatures live in small pet bird cages and have a diet of bird food and play with bird toys that are all available at the same checkout counter of your local pet store.
Some pet bird stores also sell larger birds such as the cockatiel, the African Gray parrot or the Macaw. Big birds require more room and owners often order custom designed cages made of wood, metal or stainless steel. Many large parrot owners even devote an entire room to their house pets!
But one smaller type of pet bird is often a better choice – exotic mini parrots – the parrotlets.
Parrotlets may not be available for sale locally. They are more often purchased directly from parrot and parrotlet breeders and some specialty birds stores.
But you might even see a parrotlet staring at you in your local pet store, “eeping” at you at a “Bird Show”, in the “For Sale” section of your local newspaper, or someone could ask if you want to adopt a parrotlet.
In a previous post we considered 10 reasons to buy a parrotlet. Now, in the spirit of full disclosure, here are a few other things that you should know before deciding to get a pet bird.
PETS ARE WORK – Whether you have a parrotlet or any other kind of pets, they require feeding and cleaning. And many of them they need your love and attention. These amazing, beautiful, wonderful creatures deserve your respect.
PETS CAN BE NEEDY – Parrotlets like parrots and other pets need attention an want to be around you. If ignored and annoyed, they might nip on your fingers or chew on jewelry and clothes. It pays to have their bird toys handy at all times. Like any pet, behaviors can be modified through training.
CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF – Without its wings clipped, a parrotlet is capable of flying fast and feverishly. These inquisitive little guys like to follow you as you move from room to room.
So you need to be aware of where they are at all times especially when opening outside doors or windows. You sure don’t want to lose the jewels of your home aviary because of one open door.
BEAKS NEED TO CHEW – Birds including parrotlets are constant chewers, exercising their beaks on anything within reach. They’ll nibble on paper (including bills and book covers) and buttons on remote controls and cell phones. It’s recommended to have lots of parrot toys or designated chewable items in every room where your parrotlet might go.
OOPS, BIRD POOP – Birds spend a lot of their time in and around their cages where most of the eating and pooping takes place. But you have to be ready to wipe up their “little presents” anywhere they might fly (or walk). That’s another good reason to consider a small pet bird like the parrotlet versus a larger species.
DON’T TALK EASILY – Parrotlets may be more difficult to teach to talk compared to their larger cousins. Parrotlets rather “eep” in a quiet, non-offensive pitch most of the time and a bit louder on occasion. If you really want a constant talker, a larger parrot species might be a better choice.
So there you have it. Getting and raising a pet is a serious decision. Like anything else, there are a few considerations to keep in mind particularly with having a pet bird in the house.
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