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. 🙂

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.)
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