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Project for Awesome video: Parrot Partner

Postby Amywoloz » Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:38 pm

Hello all, it's been a while!

So today and tomorrow is the Project for Awesome, which is a day when YouTubers make and post videos supporting their favourite charities. Money is raised over the course of 48 hours, and when the 48 hours is over, that money gets split between the charities that get the most votes on the P4A website https://jpy.mconvert.net/usd/3000.

Last year I made a video for the World Parrot Trust, and this year I decided to go a bit more local by supporting Parrot Partner's shelter and educational initiatives. You can find my video here, so please vote for it! :)
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Re: Project for Awesome video: Parrot Partner

Postby jaisonmonson » Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:34 am

My partner has been offered a baby parrot by a breeder she knows from her work. She's been helping look after it and has already named it.

The problem is we have 2 dogs, one has killed 2 pigeons before so obviously we could never allow them in the same room. Our house is small and open plan which means the parrot would have to live upstairs. The other problem is that she works 12 hour shifts 4-5 days a week, so I don't see how it will get any attention.

I work less hours but I don't want any more responsibilities, I do almost all the dog walking and we have 3 fish tanks that I maintain.

If we didn't have dogs then I would love a parrot and we could let it roam the house and I would be with it all the time. But in our situation it would be kept in the spare room which we never use and only getting attention at night.

Also I'm worried it could be noisy/poo everywhere as I know she wouldn't train it, she also doesnt do any research.

What do you do with a parrot when you go on holiday? Will guests want to sleep in a room with a parrot? There's so many things she hasn't thought about.

I've told her all of this and she just won't listen, she says it's not up to me
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Re: Project for Awesome video: Parrot Partner

Postby Pajarita » Fri May 01, 2020 9:20 am

Welcome to the forum. Unfortunately for the animals, your partner is right. Animals are considered personal property under the law and nobody can do anything unless there is severe abuse. But then, you are right too. For one thing, you share a home so the decision of what comes into this home need to be taken by both partners for a very simple reason: what comes into the home affects EVERYBODY living in it. My husband is not a parrot person but he loves me a lot and indulges my love for birds so he does not mind my taking them in (I ALWAYS ask him if it's OK to bring in a new one and would not do it if he did not agree) BUT I take care of everything: cleaning, feeding, interacting, medicating, etc.

The other issue is the bird's wellbeing... Now, under the conditions that you described, the bird will have a terrible life. Parrots are highly social animals and need company 24/7/365 - being alone is, to put it in accurate and simple terms: torture to them. Furthermore, they need to be kept at a strict solar schedule with exposure to dawn and dusk and fed at twilight (research avian photoperiodism) so, if your partner works 12 hours shifts, there is no way on this green earth that she can do it. A human light schedule with isolation translates into a very unhealthy life for the bird because their endocrine system works based on the different length of the day during the different seasons and, as a 'broken' endocrine system means a depressed immune system, this added to chronic anxiety from being always alone... well, you do the math.
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