My Name is Rupert
How many times do you have a friend come round to visit you, see your parrot, hear him speak and say “I must have one of them”?
We get it all the time. I want a talking parrot that talks, or one that we can train to talk.
We at Midland Parrots spend a lot of time trying to explain that not all parrots talk, and in fact, we have some that are over 20 years old and have never said a word.
But my neighbour has one and it talks.
That may be the case but what we are saying is that there is never a guarantee that any bird will talk.
So, what is needed before you take on one of these wonderful creatures?
- Make sure that everyone in the family is happy with having a parrot.
- Have you got the space for the bird?
- Are you able to ensure that the space you have will be suitable for the cage that the parrot needs?
- Do you have the time to interact with the parrot? making sure that you have given enough, but not too much because that is what he will expect.
Have you got neighbours? Have you considered them?
The last thing you want to do is to fall out with your neighbour because of a noisy bird. These are just a few points that need to be looked at before you even consider buying a parrot. They completely change your life.
- They are not a pet but a companion.
- They have a long lifespan and may need to be passed down through the family
- There are many household products that you cannot use for fear of damaging your parrot’s health.
- The can bond with one person and dislike other people in the household.
Parrots are very special creatures and don’t generally do as they are told, everything is done on their terms, not ours.
Before you think of taking on a parrot, please do research on them, see what parrot would suit your household, suit your lifestyle and be a big part of your family.
They don’t deserve to be passed from pillar to post or be put on the parrot merry-go-round.
Just think before you bring a parrot into your life. You will have a 4 year old child for many years.