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What parrot should I have?

Discussion in 'Other Parrot Lane' started by Kaduking, 5/10/17.

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  1. Kaduking

    Kaduking Moving in

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    So I am deciding to hold off on the rose breasted due to the forum's horror stories. But what parrot or bird should I have? I do not know where to post this and would like to get a parrot. I would rather not own a budgie or finch due to their size and I want to hang out with my bird. I would rather have a larger bird but I really don't care because I love all birds.
    My lifestyle is 7 hours of high school and then I am home the rest of the night. My home is large and nobody minds mess but noise will be an issue as long as it is not louder than a baby screaming according to my family. What would be a good match? Is fostering better?
     
  2. tka

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    How old are you? You won't be in high school forever - what are your plans afterwards? Are you planning to attend university, go into training or an apprenticeship, get a job, something else? How do you expect your life to change - and will you still be able to look after a bird?
     
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  3. Kaduking

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    minor and found a college which allows birds
     
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  4. tka

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    Okay, and what do you plan to study in college? Different courses will require you to be on campus for different amounts of time - science and engineering courses will often have lab sessions, while arts and humanities courses require independent study. While you may be able to study in your room and keep your bird company, you're going to need to put in library time too. College is also meant to be fun and there are usually loads of social activities on offer - sports teams, clubs for different hobbies and interests, groups learning new skills or with common interests. You are (hopefully!) going to make friends and will want to socialise with them in the evenings. You may want to take inpromptu trips. You may need to work during the holidays, or gain work experience in your chosen field. Friends of mine (at UK universities) have done placements/year abroads in Ghana, South Africa, Japan, Germany and New Zealand - it's surprising just how much you can do!

    Do you have an idea of what you want to do after college? Again, some jobs are going to require you to work long hours/irregular hours and may involve travel or relocation.

    The thing is, birds have the potential to live a long time - even the little ones. The next decade of your life is going to involve lots of changes, many of which you may not be able to predict. You've got to think about what's fair on both you and a potential bird. It's not fair on a bird if you're unable to spend time with it or can't afford vet treatment. Equally, it's not fair on you to miss out on rewarding, enjoyable and/or valuable things or potential careers because you're responsible for a being with toddler level needs.

    It might be worth seeing if you can foster or provide a safehouse for a rescue. You'll be able to have a bird in your life, but hopefully on a less permanent basis. Otherwise, you might like to consider small mammals - when I was your age I had pet rats which I adored and who were intelligent and affectionate but with much shorter lifespans.
     
  5. Kaduking

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    I'm scared of rodents. But I look at fostering because I want to g to law school. Would a dove or canary be better but I do want to be able to hang out and play with a bird but do you know any northwest Indiana foster groups but what I fear is getting too attached to the bird
     
  6. MnGuy

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    Law school? Definitely no parrot then. Sorry; law school is all-consuming. You'll never be home for years. You'll have to clerk/intern long hours over the summer -- often in cities faraway from your home/college town -- to gain enough experience to be employable when you graduate.

    Get your education, work in different cities, have fun with the new friends you'll make.

    I think fostering is great, but you're instincts are also right -- you often get attached to whatever you're fostering and will want to keep it. I adopted my first and only parrot foster. I've fostered four dogs but kept none because I already had one dog and two parrots by that time.

    Doves, finches and canaries are less demanding than a parrot, but will still need time and attention. If your main interest is a bird you can cuddle and play with, they may be disappointing. I tamed a canary for my friends, and he was awesome, but he didn't play. He just hung out in the house and flew around.

    Have patience. Take care of your education and future first. Good luck.
     
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