Re: Good bird for family
posted at 11/9/2010 9:12 AM EST
Excellent advice here. Where is the OP?
I'm chiming in b/c my family had a parakeet when I was growing up and I thought I'd briefly share how it was with us as a family.
Very similar to other stories here ... my father LOVED the parakeet and the parakeet loved him. Our bird really only hung out with my Dad when he was out of his cage, and by that I mean either perched on his hand / finger, sat on his shoulder, or sat on his head!! My father loved birds anyhow (in the wild), so he just loved our parakeet, too, which was no surprise.
My mother ... not so much! She didn't hate him, but he used to totally make her crack b/c when he was let out of his cage, he would hang on the curtains! And he dropped ... (so while I am laughing right now b/c as a kid, this was very funny), so my mother used to have quite a few words to say about our parakeet!
We never let him out of his cage unless my Dad was home, b/c he was the only person who could get our bird to go back into his cage.
Cleaning the cage was very easy b/c you can just slide the bottom out and put a fresh liner in. So even I cleaned the cage. I used to LOVE giving him those bird seed "logs" that you hang in the cage and watching him eat the seeds! He had toys and all of the recommended amusements, too.
And I have to say, I really do not remember him making a lot of noise! He was a very sweet and quiet bird somehow. He didn't cause any disruption in that way. Maybe that's why he really was easy to take care of for a family, I don't know.
Kar, our parakeet lived to be around 6, maybe 7 years old, he didn't make it to 9. He got sick and Dad took him to the vet ... we were all sad, quite honestly. I never would have believed he lasted that long, but he did. He really was part of our family and I think that memory is different from having a parakeet in your adult life.
And Pingo, that story was incredible. Who allows a bird on the dining table while you are serving food?? It takes all kinds!!
Again, fabulous advice here. Anyone who is considering a bird as a pet will benefit from this thread.
(Would love to hear from the OP about a decision, too.)