Birds as Disposable Pets

I recall when the movie Finding Nemo came out. parent flocked to pet store to buy clown fish. As a result numbers of clownfish fell. These salt water fish were brought home in put in fish bowls filled with tap water.

We haven’t had the inquiries I expected with the release of the movie RIO a story about a parrot. And I’m glad. Not That publicity is unwelcome but far too often we see pets being introduced to children and proper care is not given resulting in sickness and death.

I hope the sellers of birds are sensitive to this issue and qualify there prospective customers making sure they have the right equipment and food should their customers decide to acquire a bird. As we have seen in some recent posts on Facebook, our fans have been showing us cockatiels that are 25 years old.

The future is hard to predict but that means an eight year old who gets a cockatiel as a gift could enter college with a healthy pet bird.

Contrary to popular thought, I heard a anecdote from Veterinarian Karen Becker about a parakeet she did a patient intake on. The woman who brought the bird in was in her eighties. when Dr. Becker asked the age of the keet, the woman promptly replied 26 years old.

A bit astonished Dr Becker asked if she had any proof. The woman pulled a Woolworth’s (ask your parents kids) receipt dated 26 years earlier. She had paid $5.00 for the bird. (I recently got my niece ruby a Keet and paid $16 at a Chicago pet shop).

As a side note when asked by Dr. Becker what she attributed the birds longevity to, the woman responded that she and the bird shared a cup of de-caf green tea every morning for the past 26 years.

So at-the-end-of-the-day, if your child asks for a pet bird – please for the sake of the birds, be ready for a life long commitment.

Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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