How to Choose a Pet Bird : Pet Birds for First-Time Owners

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Pet birds for new owners, such as cockatiels, macaws, amazons or certain species of parrots, arediscussed in this free video . Expert: Sarah Tingle Contact: Bio: Sarah Tingle is a resident exotic animal health technician specializing in dog health care. Filmmaker: Hiu Yau

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19 comments on “How to Choose a Pet Bird : Pet Birds for First-Time Owners

  1. christineduong60

    uhh…. is parrots good with kids

  2. no way i got a cockatiel and hes so loud

  3. A better question is are your kids good with parrots? Parrots are smaller than dogs and cats and have hollow bones. The may also be skittish with loud boisterous beings that are larger than them. Since most parrots have their wings trimmed, they cannot fly away from preceived danger. If your children know how to be patient, quiet, and treat birds gently, then it can be a great match. I had my first bird as a child (a budgie), and got my first parrot at age 11.

  4. . At any rate, young children should be supervised when taking their pet bird out of its enclosure both for their safety (a bird that feels threatened will defend itself) and the bird’s safety (again, small animal). Also, be prepared for a long life. Small parrots like budgies and cockatiels live 15-20 years in captivity, larger parrots can live up to 80 years (there are some rare cases that live to be 100 or more. )

  5. I remember King Tut, a cockatoo and the official greeter at the San Diego Zoo was retired shorly after his 1000th b-day). My parents cared for my birds while I was at college, are you prepared to do the same? What if the bird bonds w/ you and not your kids? Are you prepared for a lifetime committment? Research the bird/parrot you’re thinking of getting before making a decision.

  6. I don’t mean to be a downer, but parrots are a big committment, and there are lots of parrot rescues that get birds from people who didn’t know what they were getting into when they bought their bird. Also consider going to a rescue for your bird. I’m not getting one now (1 parrot in an apartment is enough. . .waiting until I but a house), but when I’m ready, my next parrot will come from a rescue

  7. christineduong60

    thank you very much.

  8. lilsexylovegirl

    Is the youyou great for a beginner

  9. CheesePuffChick

    We got a budgie a month ago (my mum couldn’t help herself) and she is a really nice bird but my mum thinks she gets lonley so we are thinking of getting another bird. We like the look of the hahns macaw, Sun conure, Jenday conure or a quaker. Which one should we get if any?

  10. Does anyone know a good place to get a healthy budgie in Williamsport Pennsylvania ??

  11. Parrots are usually good with people 14 and up but budgies are absolutley great with kids 8 and up!

  12. i might be geting a bird 4 the first time in a month or 2 and i think im gunna get a budgie! by the way is a budgie a type of parrot? please reply!!

  13. This girl was so nervous lol

  14. she says um way too much i mean seriosly she says it like after every sentence. LOL

  15. @Koolkid736 A budgie is a parakeet, and they ar a great way to start. I suggest getting a hand fed baby if you intend on spending time outside the cage with your budgie. A young baby would also be okay, but if you have no experince with birds I would suggest a hand fed baby as they are used to being handled and usually make for better ‘first birds’

  16. @CheesePuffChick Please do NOT get a bigger bird as a friend for you budgie! A hahns macaw or conure would be more likely to see such a small bird as lunch then a friend! I would suggest something the same size if not an other budgie. Just make sure that if you do get an other budgie, your cage is big enough for two, and that you get the same sex to avoid breeding

  17. she says UM in every sentence…

  18. Green cheek conures are conures that are fairly quiet, and they are pretty good for a first time bird owner like me!

  19. Every pet gets to have it’s natural environment replicated for it, sometimes to exacting detail, except birds. All they get to see are metal bars.

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