It’s common practice for someone to get a bird, and leave it in its cage for most of the day. After all, the majority of Americans have full time jobs to support themselves and their family.
In the wild, parrots travel with their flocks for their entire lives. They are never alone. When it comes right down to it, even though parronts will do everything possible to make their feathered family member happy, it still will never be enough.
Lets face it: the general public is not fit to care for a parrot. They are not pets; they are lifelong companions. They need to be a part of a family – a part of a flock. You can give your bird the best diet, the biggest cage and an abundance of toys, but if the bird doesn’t get what it needs emotionally, this will cause problems from a parrot that is angry at the world, to a self-mutilating mess and anything in-between.
This is yet another reason why rescues are filling rapidly; people just simply don’t realize everything that birds need. And unfortunately, no matter how prepared someone is, the experience of actually having that bird in your home is something that all the research in the world can’t fully prepare you for. Even the best parrot owners still live with the guilty feeling of never being able to do enough to keep their babies happy. I feel this way about every bird that comes throughout our doors. It takes a special person to own and love a parrot, and an even more special person to keep that parrot happy.
As my main job unrelated to the rescue world, I am a full time writer for a collector car insurance company. Between this job and the rescue, I enjoy sharing my experiences throughout my journey with parrots. Stay tuned for periodic updates!