Q:Your posts made me want to have a parrot and my parents said yes and thanks to you i'm getting a parrot and basically ily so much right now.
Eee anon, that actually makes me feel conflicted because parrots have very particular needs and come with a lot of issues that other pets don’t. :-/ Parrots, for example, are the only animals other than humans that I know of who will self-mutilate and kill themselves (hard to say whether the death is on purpose) due to depression, and a ton of parrots end up in bird rescues because their owners just wanted an animal who could talk and didn’t know what they were getting themselves into. It is fairly easy to psychologically damage a parrot without meaning to, and I see parrot-owners with psychologically damaged parrots all the time. Most of them don’t understand what’s wrong or how they’ve caused it — or sometimes, that anything is even wrong at all.
And then there’s all the ways they physically harm their parrot without knowing it. There’s lots of people who feed their parrots bird seed (this is AWFUL for their health), or hardly ever let their parrot out of its cage (my birds are out of the cage all day unless it’s time for them to go to sleep), or have cages that are too small for them, etc.
People do not realize how noisy parrots are either, and people constantly over-estimate their ability to endure that noise day-in and day-out. They can also be quite needy in terms of attention and time, and become noisier and more distraught and develop behavorial issues if you can’t provide them enough of it.
You’re looking at a huge investment of time, energy, and money. The upfront cost of the parrot itself is nothing, and that’s already expensive. I’m not joking when I say that I have a parrot because I don’t want children. I think I spend $150 to $200 a month on toys and food for my parrot, and I would have to spend more if I weren’t here all day to play with him. The routine annual check up for both my birds is about $500 and next year (at a avian specialist, because other vets are garbage for birds) and I’m going to have to pay even more for my Congo African Grey because of a more detailed blood panel that needs to be done around his age. My bird’s cages were each about $350, and my CAG’s playstand was another $200. We’re not super wealthy, but we do make well over the median income in the US and we can only just manage to afford that stuff. We had the CAG before we had the income, and it was very, very difficult: we could not give him all the things he needed and his behavior was much worse. His cage was smaller, and he only got a toy or two per month. When you’re in debt, $30 for a bird toy is a lot of money.
You’re also likely going to have to get rid of a lot of cookware and appliances you hadn’t foreseen, because birds are killed within less than a minute by teflon fumes. You’re going to have to stop using a lot of cleaning products or anything else with fragrances you could before, because birds have very sensitive respiratory tracts. If you ever paint anything around the house, you’re going to have to keep your birds elsewhere for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, etc. When you’ve got the typical mammal pet like a dog or cat, you only have to make a few changes around the house.
So PLEASE read this before getting a parrot (it’s an edited version of something I’ve had to post various places over the years). It is very long, but it’s also VERY important you know what you’re getting into.
Had to post this simply because it is a vast list of reasons why I would not recommend getting a bird lightly.
- If you don’t watch a series entirely you are not a true fan
- If you do watch a series entirely you are not a true fan
You are only a true fan if you:
- are powered by electricity
- have multiple flat blades
- spin around really fast
i got so mad then laughed so hard
So @TheCapitolPN tweeted this
which was promptly deleted. (G-Bb-A-D are the notes to Rue’s whistle.)
But if you had clicked inspect element before it was deleted
"You silence our voices, but we are still heard."
HOW COOL IS THIS MARKETING?!?! Like the rebels are hacking into the capitol’s twitter!!!!
You are real and you matter, even if people can’t always see you.