We've occasionally been asked whether parrots
are good pets for children. A better question might
be: "Are children good pets for birds?" After all, they are messy, need a LOT of care and attention,
sometimes bite, are much more fragile than an adult dog or cat.... and so are the parrots. :)
Personally, I do not feel that a large parrot
is a good choice for a young child, or for an older
but timid child. One of the wonderful things about birds is their amazing ability to sense our emotions--
including fear. Some take great delight in scaring kids and adults who reach out a tentative finger
then pull it away in fear. A better choice for a bird for a child might be a parakeet or cockatiel. They
are also a good choice for an adult looking for a "starter" parrot. Large birds, like large dogs,
require a firm personality!
That being said, here are some pictures of
our human kids relating with our bird kids.....
interesting when accompanied by Cheezits.
|Harley, suffering from "Phoenix Envy",
comes to join in the game too....
left us for the Summerlands, 1995).
|Rachel (age 14), and Phoenix....
who is debating whether overall
snaps might be a crunchable item.
from Katie, age 10.
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to fly by!
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