Having a parrot as a companion animal can be a very rewarding and fulfilling experience. As with all animals that are kept in a pet/companion situation, you must realistically consider the circumstances that will arise when a parrot is brought into the home. The path to parrot ownership is one that should be well thought out, giving every consideration as to how the family and the bird will coexist in a new “flock” environment.
Educate yourself on the type of bird you think you want to adopt/buy/rescue. Does this parrot fit the description of what you want? You must educate yourself on what the characteristics of a healthy bird and the cause and effect of illness. Join a bird club, visit message boards, be involved with other parrot owners. More importantly is to continue to educate yourself. By educating yourself, your are paving the way for a very fulfilling relationship with your parrot. If you do not have the desire to learn as much as you can about your parrot, why would you want a parrot? Because they are cool? Please don’t be that shallow. Parrot ownership is a very serious commitment. You are responsible for the health and well-being of an intelligent, emotional, living creature. Don’t take it lightly or it will bite you (literally and figuratively).
Owning a parrot and affording a parrot are two different things. If you can’t afford ALL the costs that go along with the parrot, don’t get the parrot!
A $1000 budget does not get you a $1000 bird;
It gets you a $500 bird, a $200 cage, a $175 Vet bill, $75 worth of toys and a one month supply of food.
Please keep these simple facts in mind before making your final decision.