Counting Parrots

June 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s a well-known fact that in the majority of cases, owning pets is like eating potato chips – once you have one, you can’t help but get another. And another. And another. Parrots are no different; for the particularly “bird crazy,” it’s not uncommon to have a group of oh, six Macaws wandering around the house, or an aviary of brightly colored, numerous Budgies. I’m no exception to the rule; I’ve just welcomed my first foster parrots, Sweetie Pie and Tumble Bumble.

Owning more than one parrot is sometimes a slippery slope. Some parrots can become jealous of the other parrot, similar to the rivalry between siblings for Mom and Dad’s attention. Parrots like to chat back and forth, and the noise can double. You have to worry about quarantine (more on that below). And, of course, the costs will double. But despite all this (and more), bird lovers continue to adopt or buy more parrots – because just like the cost, noise, and time spent, the enjoyment doubles too.

But stay in the bounds of reason – for most beginners, three is the limit. Even if you’re advanced, it’s usually unwise to let your parrot count pass seven – and seven is only for the experienced (this rule, however, does¬†except situations such as a cage of ten finches, or an aviary with twenty Budgies). If you tell someone “I know a lady who has X birds,” replacing X with how many birds you have, you should not get the response “What, is she a hoarder?”

But if you keep your wits about you, and don’t impulse buy, owning more than one or two parrots can be – well, pretty awesome. ūüôā

A Note on Quarantine 

Quarantine is necessary for any new parrots, regardless of the situation you took them from. Imagine the heartache if not only your new parrot died, but infected the rest of your parrots too – definitely not something you want to experience. So be safe, and keep your parrot in quarantine for six weeks. Quarantine should be:

  • The parrot should stay in a closed room,¬†separate¬†from your other parrots.
  • There should be no sharing – food, toys, etc. should not be shared.
  • Wash your hands whenever you interact with either parrot. Really, wash your hands all the time.
  • If you play with one parrot, don’t wear the same clothes when interacting with another. (And wash your hands.)

To, Too, Two, and ‘Too

June 9, 2011 § 2 Comments

Sorry for the extended break . . . I vacationed and then procrastinated. To make up for my absence, I’ll do¬†a¬†post on something¬†interesting – namely Cockatoos.

Cockatoos, also known as ‘Toos, are a group of various parrots who have crests on their heads – Moluccans, Umbrellas, Goffins, Cockatiels, etc. In this group, there are varying personality types: As usual, I’ll go over these.

WHAT PEOPLE IMAGINE

Cuddly, sweet, loving, best bud, friends 4 ever. Cockatoos have built up *quite* the reputation as cuddly birds – and though it’s certainly deserved, this reputation doesn’t include the other personality types.

THE CUDDLY SCREAMER

Moluccans and Umbrellas¬†are quite possibly the two most difficult parrots to care for. They’re known for a cuddly personality, extremely loud screams, a clingy¬†love of one person, and hard, sometimes frequent, bites. Moluccans and Umbrellas are difficult to care for, and should only be purchased by experienced parrot owners.

THE HYPERACTIVE ESCAPE ARTIST

That’s the Goffin, along with the Bare-Eyed. These guys are personality with a capital P, and are, though easier than Moluccans and Umbrellas, still quite difficult to care for. They’re noted for a Houdini-like ability to escape their cages and¬†a mischievous and active personality.

THE BEGINNER’S BIRD

Cockatiels, the smallest of the Cockatoos, are first-class beginner’s birds. They, unlike the other Cockatoos, have small beaks that aren’t always attracted to biting you, and are known for amiable, friendly personalities.

That’s as much as I can handle today – back to procrastination. ūüėČ

 

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