I’m thinking of getting a parrot or a different type of bird?

Are birds really inbred and stuff so that the bird have health issues? Also, how do you bond with a bird? Do I need to go to a breeder or can I like get one from petco? Theres also a store called Denny’s pet world that I could get one from. I am also thinking of a cockatoo. What other Cute Pet birds should I consider?

Before you consider getting any bird, please do lots of research on the type of bird you are interested in. Smaller birds like finches can live up to 5 years while cockatoos can live to be over 60 years old. If you’re still in school, consider what you will do with your bird when you go away to college. Birds can be a lifetime committment so think very carefully about what type of bird you want to start out with. I started with finches and a canary because of their lovely songs and eventually got a cockatiel as my first parrot. I LOVE my cockatiel. His name is Cooper and he likes to talk to me and get scratches on his head. Eventually I did get other birds, but I’m in my 30s and own my own home so I knew I could make a lifetime committment to my birds. I would recommend that you start with easy to care for birds as your first parrot. Cockatiels and budgies (also called parakeets) are great birds for beginners and I highly recommend them. If you would like your bird to talk, males cockatiels are generally better talkers than females but either sex will make an excellent companion. Budgies can also be good talkers and companions. You don’t have to get a bird as big as a cockatoo to start out with. Do your research, go into this experience with the mindset that you are going to make a permanent committment to this animal, and get the bird that’s right for you and you will be very happy with your decision. Good luck!

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3 Responses to I’m thinking of getting a parrot or a different type of bird?

  1. BirdLady says:

    Before you consider getting any bird, please do lots of research on the type of bird you are interested in. Smaller birds like finches can live up to 5 years while cockatoos can live to be over 60 years old. If you’re still in school, consider what you will do with your bird when you go away to college. Birds can be a lifetime committment so think very carefully about what type of bird you want to start out with. I started with finches and a canary because of their lovely songs and eventually got a cockatiel as my first parrot. I LOVE my cockatiel. His name is Cooper and he likes to talk to me and get scratches on his head. Eventually I did get other birds, but I’m in my 30s and own my own home so I knew I could make a lifetime committment to my birds. I would recommend that you start with easy to care for birds as your first parrot. Cockatiels and budgies (also called parakeets) are great birds for beginners and I highly recommend them. If you would like your bird to talk, males cockatiels are generally better talkers than females but either sex will make an excellent companion. Budgies can also be good talkers and companions. You don’t have to get a bird as big as a cockatoo to start out with. Do your research, go into this experience with the mindset that you are going to make a permanent committment to this animal, and get the bird that’s right for you and you will be very happy with your decision. Good luck!
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  2. *Chris* says:

    I got my budgie from PETCO and she is fine. My cousins also got theirs from PETCO and they lived 7 years. But they are mass produced for stock so some can be sick but many them are very good and I have not had a problem yet. To bond with a parakeet or any type of bird just calmly talk to it and have it in a room that you are in a lot of the time. Leave on the radio when you leave so it gets use to human noises. Be calm and don’t frighten it. Parakeets are great first time birds and so are cockatiels. Since Denny’s pet World isn’t a well know place and is a local pet store then I would say to go to PETCO. Unless Denny’s is an all bird aviary. If you have any questions at all about parakeets or other pet birds, just profile email me. I have been working with birds for awhile, so I know a lot about hand taming and nutrition and basically everything you need to know. I will also respond very quickly. :)
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    have been helping raise and train parakeets for 7 years. I currently own one parakeet.

  3. tode909 says:

    DON’T GET A COCKATOO AS YOUR FIRST BIRD!!!!!!!

    I’ve been breeding and training exotic parrots for over ten years and I JUST NOW got my first cockatoo and she is a handful!

    Please go with a cockatiel as your first bird. Bird Talk magazine recently published that they are actually related to cockatoos, they’re just smaller. Be prepared to spend about $150 on a decent cage and then another $50 on food and toys. Don’t buy a bird from petsmart or petco, instead try a local shelter. These birds are being mass produced and there are too many. Also, I’ve worked for Petco AND Petsmart and trust me, they don’t take very good care of the birds there. I tried but the shift I worked was too hectic.

    Also, the only species I’m aware of that has had any trouble with inbreeding is parakeets, and only because of their massive numbers. Places that distribute parakeets solely for money lose track of who’s related to whom.
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    bird breeder, bird owner, experience working in bird shops, experience doing bird education seminars

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