How to Pick a Bird | Pet Bird


Doctor Hess: So when you’re choosing a pet
bird, what you should not do is walk into a pet store, see that beautiful bird with
all those phenomenal colors, and on impulse just take it home with you and buy it. Birds require a lot of care, a lot of preparation
and a lot of thought before you spend that large amount of money, usually to get that
bird. It’s not just what you’re going to do on that
day, it’s the future preparations that you have. You have to think about things like, do you
travel? Are you home enough for the bird? Are you out of your house all day? What are you going to do if you have to be
out all day long? Who’s going to take care of the bird? Or if you have to take a trip, who’s going
to take care of that bird? Do you have the means to take care of this
bird, everyday to provide it with fresh produce, healthy foods? Do you have the space to take care of that
bird? There are so many things to consider when
you’re choosing a bird. People ask us for advice all the time about
this. What other things do they consider when looking
for a bird? Sarah: I think one of the biggest mistakes
people make is they’ve never had a bird before and they really want that big beautiful bird
that talks really well. I think one of the biggest problems with those
birds is they oftentimes have very serious behavioral problems, and these people often
aren’t equipped to actually deal with that. While the birds are very smart, that’s always
their biggest downfall it seems, is that they need to be constantly occupied. I think people, if it’s their first bird,
it’s probably a bad idea to get that African Grey or that Macaw or that bird that says
hello to you as soon [as you] walk into the store. Doctor Hess: That’s right. So many birds end up in shelters because they
develop behavior problems, things like biting and screaming and destructive behaviors because
they’re really not what the owner thought they were when they got them. It’s not just about talking and looking beautiful. These are very, very intelligent animals that
in the wild live in flocks of thousands and thousands of birds, and we pluck them out
or we raise them here in the United States now. We don’t take them from the wild. But we put them individually or in pairs of
cages, and we go out and work all day, and this is really not a normal environment for
them. They need a lot of stimulation, a lot of socialization,
and unless you’re prepared to do that, you really should think twice about getting a
bird. Don’t buy them on impulse. Ask for advice and learn about the bird before
you go out and adopt or buy a parrot.

100 thoughts on “How to Pick a Bird | Pet Bird

  1. WE BOUGHT 2 BEAUTIFUL BIG TALKING BIRD, VERY EXPENSIVE, SUMMER TIME CAME, WE HAVE TO TAKE VACATION TO EUROPE FOR ONE MONTH, SO I GOT ALL OUR NEEDS READY, BUT I WENT BACK IN THE HOUSE & CHECK EVERY INCH OF THE HOUSE IF OK, I ALMOST HAVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN I SAW MY BIRDS IN THE PATIO, THANKS GOD !!!, OR WHEN WE COME BACK THESE BIRDS ARE DECAYING IN THE CAGE SO, I MADE A DECISION QUICKLY I OPEN THE CAGE TOOK BOTH OF THEM OUT & FREED THEM IN THE AIR OR MY GUILT WILL KILL ME FOREVER !!!

  2. SURE if you want the bird to be eaten by predator birds!

    step 1) buy bird

    step 2) treat bird well and give it love and let it become attached to you

    step 3) give bird free time at least 3 times a week in back yard with supervision, teach bird to understand your calls to come back before you do this

  3. So if you lived with someone and they kicked you out of the house, that's FREEDOM! but you would not like that? No, you'd be exposed to muggers and rapists and murders. If your bird loves you then he/she won't want to leave. They will be happy living with you. Just makes sure to let them fly around a few times a week

  4. Captive bred birds CAN NOT survive in the wild as the other wild flocks will reject the released captive bred bird.

  5. Exactly. Pet stores DO NOT catch birds and sell them the birds you see in pets stores were born from Shop-Birds to Shop-Birds and so on.

  6. After watching a lot of videos on pet birds I decided to get 2 society finches as my first birds, and loan a behold they had 3 cute little babies

  7. I am living in Turkey now but I will go to University in US. I reallyyyyy want a bird. Should I get one? and Which one should I get if it's okay.(Also yeah I have looked after 2 birds.)

  8. i m nt new in dis field but still i want suggestion that i have 2 pairs of budgies but still i m looking for cockatiel and love bird. so i need suggestion which one wil be best wid budgies..

  9. ok.. i now know what not to do.. but i came here for that advice you told me to seek out.. Ideally I want something like a dog, but unfortunately i can't fit a dog into my lifestyle, and I hate fish, so a bird seemed to be a decent choice. (I like smart animals)

  10. Stop saying parrots requires lots of attention all pets requires lots of attention tell us something that we don't know already

  11. My parents don't like that how the cockatoos and cockatiel are noisy so o can't get them do you guys know how I could convince my parents

  12. idc if it can talk I just want a bird would a amazon parrot be good? I work in my office/room so I will almost always be around the bird. and I want one that I can eventually let him out of his cage close the door and let him hang out with me in the room

  13. I am still in high school and am gone for most of my day but I can contribute some of my morning and most of my afternoon to it. I just don't know if I should get a bird, if so what to get. Please give feedback! Thanks!

  14. I had a parakeet when i Was 5 and now i'm moving getting an alexandrine ( if that's it's englesh name )

  15. Every parakeet I get Dies 🙁 my first bird got sick my 2nd got eaten by the cat now I have a cockatail she is the BEST

  16. I finally got my son Connor that I've been asking for for Everett for my birthday when I turn 13 him what is it about a month after my birthday my mom got me a time your son Connor because I've been asking forever and ever and ever and begging and I just got sick of me begging so much they just got me my son Connor and I was so happy they ruin the wire or a pretty big cage I wouldn't say like a giant why do you cage from a call but I would say it's kind a like a medium size we did it like all of our research and yeah

  17. I've never wanted a large talkative bird, I've had parakeets instead of large, beautiful birds. They're cute, fun, and small which makes them easy to carry them around on your shoulder or finger.

  18. I've never owned a bird, and I'm planning to get a Congo African grey. Am I starting with a bird too big for me? I've researched this a lot. I know everything to do. I'm going to speak to a breeder about it.

  19. I have been in love with cockatiels for so long but my mom is allergic so I have to wait until I move out?

  20. So wait i usually go to school at 7.15 i return at 4 in the afternoon but my mum returns earlier. Should i get a parrot?

  21. ??? I want to adopt a bird but their is no adoption center or such places like that in here… I live in Maldives

  22. I'm heavily considering getting a conure, but the only issue is I'm gone for a decent chunk of the day (school), and I don't have enough money to buy two conures, and definitely not a cage big enough for two, at least at this point. I've also heard of conures getting jealous if there is another one. I will obviously buy it plenty of toys to keep it entertained, but do you think having another bird in a separate cage for it to hear would help at all? I wouldn't neglect the other bird, I have enough time to train two birds, but I'm just wondering if it's over doing it, and the conure would be fine on its own for about 7 hours. Thanks!

  23. Im looking into getting a conure so like anyone would i went too the pet store to look at them and i was wondering if its normal for them to look like they have a kind of cracked beak where the beak connects too the bird

  24. I'm sorry but this Vidio is not true there is no reason you can't get a large bird you can get any bird for your first bird this Vidio is like telling you that a pitbull is to big but not a pig for your first dog so raise them right and yo ill be fine

  25. i'm 22, always wanted a macaw since i can remember. I think all bird are different, there are no such thing as "starter bird" your experience handling a parakeet will not be the same as handling a macaw.

  26. I want a bird, I don’t care about the looks, and I do SOOOO much research In my spare time about birds. I know a lot about them. Even though I’m young!

  27. I WANT a parrot so BAD!! My dad might buy me one for my birthday November 11 I want a sun conour and I want to name it Mango

  28. I WANT A BIRD SOO BAD AND IBE BEEN TRYING TO CONVINCE MY MOM FOR SO LONG. I EVEN GOT A FISH JUST TO PROVE IM RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH FOR ONE….HELP

  29. I've had budgies, cockatiels and lovebirds for the last 15 years and I'm really hoping to get into the bigger parrots before I turn 30 ♥ I'd totally love to step it up with a gallah. The absolute dream is a macaw but I have neither the money, space nor time for one at this time – but perhaps one day!

  30. Always do lots of research prior to purchasing a new pet parrot. Some species of parrots can live for many decades. Buying a parrot is an important life decision. Talk to an expert parrot breeder. Meet the birds and interact before you make your purchase. In Pennsylvania, I created "Ana's Parrots Boutique", a "one-of-a- kind" place for future parrot owners to meet, learn, educate, and interact with/about parrots before they buy them. It's a beautiful playful atmosphere dedicated to getting to know the birds. Be sure to visit.

  31. When I’m 16 I’m gonna get a part time job so I can buy a bird my self so I do not have to waste my parent money. I’m 11 so… that 5 year

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