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Parrots & Children. Things To Consider
« on: December 11, 2009, 01:53:33 PM »

SOURCE: http://thetrueparrot.homestead.com/child.html

Q. Which Bird is Best for My Child?


Most children are very interested in birds. And with good reason, because many of the parrot species share their intelligence level with young children! Your child may ask for a bird for her birthday, or for Christmas or Hannukah. He might decide to save up his allowance to buy a bird himself. Lots of parents often wonder about the best way to help their child learn about exotic birds.


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Consider your child's age. Children under the age of 7 or 8 should not be allowed to accept full responsibility for a bird. It might be nice to have a "family bird", but young children just won't be able to care for a bird without some help.

Does your child have breathing problems? Children with environmental allergies and asthma may have problems with birds. Many birds, such as Cockatiels and African Greys, are especially dusty. Have them visit a pet store with birds first to see if the dust bothers them.

Does your child know how to behave around birds? Children should be taught to approach their bird calmly and with low energy. Birds can become stressed and anxious around loud and rambunctious children.

Older children can often care for smaller birds, such as Budgies, Cockatiels, and Lovebirds on their own, provided a parent keeps an eye on things.  Larger birds can be dangerous to children. The bird should not be kept in the child's room, since that will only make the bird very lonely. Birds should always be housed in a busy part of the house, such as a living room, family room, or den.

Does your child want a cuddly bird? If your child is looking for a "hands on" bird he can cuddle, try to find a well-socialized Cockatiel. Budgies (Parakeets) will not be cuddly. Cockatiels are generally pretty friendly, and many enjoy hanging out with people and will ask for head scratches.

Adopt a bird with your child. I always encourage adoption of needy birds over purchasing a bird from a pet store. Explore different places you can adopt a bird before making your decision. Don't give birds as gifts -- allow your child to be present when choosing the bird. Some birds just won't like children, and you'll want to choose one that seems to enjoy the company of your child.

Can your child handle responsibility? Your child should be prepared to clean the bird cage every day, as well as change the food and water every day. The bird should be allowed to come out of the cage for at least a few hours each day, in a safe room without other pets or dangers like doors to the outside. You will need to supervise to ensure the bird is being fed and cleaned up after properly.

Be prepared for veterinary bills. You should be prepared to take the bird to the vet with your child yearly for regular check-ups, and any time the bird seems ill. You need to be prepared to pay for all vet visits, unless your child is older and has a job. Even then, veterinary care can be very expensive, and you should be prepared to help your child pay for vet care.

Let your child volunteer with birds. If you decide that a bird is not a good fit for your family and your child is still interested in them, I would encourage you to take your child to volunteer at an avian rescue or sanctuary facility. This will be a great way for your child to learn about birds first-hand, and one day when he is old enough, he can adopt one on his own.


Addition: Large parrots don't make good family pets because they are harder to control, have large and very sharp beaks which can easily crush a child's finger or scar for life and tend to closely bond to just one person. If you are considering getting a parrot for your child, think again. Parrots mage great companions for grown-up, patient and understanding people who have plenty of time to take care of these amazing creatures, but in no way they can be taken care of solely by children.
With a lifespan of 50-60 years for an african grey you are taking on a responsibility for life or even beyond, so please consider all the things outlined above before purchasing a parrot.

And have a look here for 5 best parrots for families with children
http://bestinflock.wordpress.com/2008/11/20/best-parrots-families-children/
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Re: Parrots and Children. Things To Consider
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2009, 02:12:06 PM »

I remember getting £1.20 a week...if i had started saving at 11 i may just have enough now  :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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Re: Parrots and Children. Things To Consider
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2009, 05:45:17 PM »

Squid -  :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Very good points made mind Irina!  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2009, 06:27:34 PM »

Hum don’t have a child get a parrot instead  and one day we can have parrot parks  :superbat:
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2009, 06:31:44 PM »

What do you mean, mind Irina? Irina is ok, she means well ...  :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
Kal, parrot parks it is....hey and guess what, we dont even need that stupid safety, bouncy mat thingies....our babies can fly  :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:
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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2009, 08:25:38 PM »

oooh yeah and I could run a chain of parrot nurseries instead of children's nurseries!  :rofl:  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2009, 11:42:32 PM »

Children and parrots don't always mix, as i soon found out, When i first got Tai my grandson came with me to choose which one to get, he picked him out of all the baby's, they had lots of cuddles together in the beginning when Tai was small, now my grandson hates him, and vice versa he always moans when i let him out, Ive told him Tai lives here whether he likes it or not, and its about time he got used to him, its not fair for Tai to be cooped up in his cage all day just to please my grandson, when they are both in the house together its hell on earth. I love the quality time with Tai when my grandson is at school. trouble is my grandson runs and yells when ever Tai fly's near him and i think now to tai this is a game and try's to dive bomb him  :rofl: :rofl:
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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2009, 12:57:37 AM »

it is never a dull moment in your house, by the sound of it, Karen  :biggrin: so basically you have two children instead of one to look after. At least one of them knows it is not right to poop on the carpet!  :rofl:
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« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2009, 01:01:23 AM »

No one poo's on the carpet the other pee's the bed instead  :rofl:
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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2009, 01:02:53 AM »

oh dear!  :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: ok, so that comparison didn't go down very well. What about "at least one of them doesn't throw all his food out of his bowl" ?
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« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2009, 01:08:19 AM »

At least Tai eats his 5 a day fruit and veg, Aidan wont touch any veg or fruit
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« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2009, 01:10:08 AM »

did you try hanging veg and fruit on skewers in Aidan's room, stuffing them in foraging toys or mashing them up and feeding them to Aidan from a spoon?  :rofl: :rofl:
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« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2009, 01:21:41 AM »

did you try hanging veg and fruit on skewers in Aidan's room, stuffing them in foraging toys or mashing them up and feeding them to Aidan from a spoon?  :rofl: :rofl:
I wish!! unfortunately he was force fed by one of mums partners so now he has a food phobia, we are getting there slowly, when i do spaghetti bolognase i put in it peppers mushroom and carrots tomatoes, I blend his with a blender and he hasn't got a clue whats in it and he eats the lot, i also mash a little cauliflower in his mash potatoes, and some times I add egg to the mash potato, so i manage to get some goodness into him a couple of times a week
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« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2009, 01:24:44 AM »

poor Aidan  :bighug: You are doing great by the sound of it though, it is a good idea to mash cauliflower into mashed potatoes, as both are white, should work for parrots who love mash potatoes but nothing else, too  :biggrin:  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2010, 09:22:38 AM »

Irina thats a great post thank you..so many people buy birds without considering how it will affect the family life and the children, or how the family will affect the bird. Look at the problems I has with Adam and Poppy..

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« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2010, 08:42:06 AM »

hi i have just looked at the website and i am hoping for an answer to my question!! i have an african grey called oscar who is now 9 yrs old - i ma going to be fostering from january next year and i ahve been asked about the safety of the child/children with oscar!! is it true that parrot poop is not good for small children to be around?? i need to get as much info as possible to show my social worker that this is not true thnak very much for your help  amanda xxxx :ty
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« Reply #16 on: July 19, 2010, 08:52:36 AM »

Hello
Its only unsafe if the bird had chlamydia as it can be passed on through the poop. You could easily get the bird tested for it at the vet. Other than that, I have 2 toddlers and as long as the poop is cleaned up regularly I cant see there being a problem.

The main thing to be concerned about (more than poop) id the bird being around children in general.  A bite off a grey could seriously injure a child so you will need to be aware of this. What is Oscar like around children?
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« Reply #17 on: December 04, 2010, 01:37:53 PM »

I have read Irinas diet sheet but I am sure I am being a bit thick. What would the daily diet consist of in broad terms. People talk about treats but I see you can buy things that you just hang in the cage. And when people say their AG`s have such a thing for breakfast and then something for dinner. Do you not leave a dish in all the time with the foodstuffs you buy in packets from a shop. It is confusing but I do want to get it right for the sake of Duke. Oh yes originally called him Fitzy but decided to change his name to Duke as we live in a Castle Lodge

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Re: Parrots & Children. Things To Consider
« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2010, 01:46:33 PM »

Hi, I give them Pellets, and they have for breakfast, Wholemeal seeded bread toasted, with Palm fruit Extract on, only about 1 teaspoon per bird. on a 1inch square toast.

Allowing all day access to pellets, to eat as many as they want,

Then I give mine "Parrot Mash"
http://www.africangreyparrotcentre.co.uk/african-grey-forum/african-grey-diet/%27chop%27-%27mash%27-and-other-recipes/

http://www.africangreyparrotcentre.co.uk/african-grey-forum/african-grey-diet/pellet-comparison/

This is a brief guide and of course feel free to read the Diet section for a more in depth view.
 
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« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2010, 06:16:24 PM »

The treats that hang in the cage are not really suitable because most are seed and various junky bits and pieces.  I leave pellets in all day but change in and out the selection of fresh veg, mash or porridge
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