Many people think that owning a playful, colorful parakeet or parrot is going to be nothing but fun, but living with one is way different from the idea that each one you’ve need to do is refill their birdseed and water a day.
Even birds as small as parakeets can live five to eight years, and African grey parrots and Macaws can live from 35 to 50 years or more. That’s an enormous commitment.
Here are seven essential things to think about before you keep at home a pet bird.
The sensitivity of the air around them
Birds cannot tolerate houseplants, smoke, hairspray, perfume, air fresheners, scented candles or Teflon-coated cooking pans. The invisible fumes that come from cooking on Teflon-coated pans are fatal to birds. Their respiratory systems are extremely sensitive and can’t tolerate any of those substances.
Open the next page to continue reading.