Post Script

Well, you've visited this place.

Just another web site you have explored in your quest for knowledge, opinion, or maybe just to kill time on a rainy day.

I always get an emotional "hitch" as I ship a parrot off to a new home with people that I only know through correspondence, watching the baby in its uneasiness, as the crate is being weighed in at the airport, or when I see the baby being carried out my door to a new home.

I always hope this is not a "pet-of-the-season" ... just another pet-adventure that takes one of my babies into the unknown.

People buy and obtain birds for many reasons.

Sometimes it is a "quick-fix" for a temporary, but traumatic time in a person's life: divorce, empty-nest syndrome, loss of a loved one, job or health ... maybe just a major relocation of home.

I wonder ...

Will these new bird people understand the total helplessness of a pet that's whole circumstance relies on the compassion and sensitivity of the caretaker?

Will the new "mega cage" be the compromise that eases the guilt of the new owners if those out-of-cage freedom and bonding times diminish after the newness wears off in a few months?

These birds are not like other caged pets ... hamsters and guinea pigs, mice and reptiles.

These avian souls are intelligent. A rotating wheel or warm heat rock isn't going to fill their needs.

These birds form intense attachments and have emotions very direct and not so different from our own.. they NEED the personal attention of their human friend, not a bigger cage, or a new chew toy.

Be aware if you realize it has been many days or even weeks since you allowed your pet some personal time.

Is cage maintenance just a ritual?

"Hey, bird's okay! Got food and water, clean papers ... here, have an apple slice ...."

You have to be ever watchful that if you become emotionally through with "the bird," you allow it to be special again in someone else's life.

Unlike a dog that can follow you throughout the house and nag your attention, the bird is cage bound. Its survival resources are limited ... maybe all it's got left is a monotonous frustrated scream.

My parting line, very last sentiment ... if it's "over," let them go ....

Sell him/her, maybe at a reduced price, but don't give them away.

To pay money for something actually means they have to give it some thought.

My prayer is that this avian friend remains in your family for the rest of its life as a valued member.

... Or that you have the wisdom to acknowledge and accept that this feathered soul should be released into the loving heart of another.