Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Parrots and Children: How To Introduce a Pet Bird To The Family

Thinking about adopting a pet parrot into your family? Parrots are fun-loving, affectionate, and highly intelligent creatures that make wonderful pets. Due to their small size, though, families with young children should use caution when adopting pet parrots. A young child may unknowingly pull or tug on a pet, resulting in injury and/or provoking a retaliatory bite.

The good news is that you can still adopt a pet parrot if you have young children. By following some basic precautions, you can create a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone -- including your new feathered friend.

Start by showing your child the new parrot through its cage. Don't take them out of the cage just yet, but instead keep your parrot confined so they are safe from the clutches of your child. Let your child see the parrot and how it acts. Some children may be frightened at first, but this usually goes away in time. After several weeks have passed, your child should grow accustomed to the new addition to your family.

Once your child is comfortable and no longer afraid of the parrot, take the parrot out of its cage and hold it in your hand. Now let your child pet the parrot, gently. Teach your child the appropriate way for petting a parrot -- starting at the top of its head and running downwards across its back in a slow, gentle manner. Make sure your child's hand is kept above the parrot's head so there's no risk of him or her being bitten.

Even if your parrot appears to be calm and docile around your child, you shouldn't allow your child to pet or play with them alone. It only takes a single instance of instinctual aggression to create serious injury, which is why parents should always supervise their children when taking the parrot out of its cage. This is done to protect both the child and the parrot from injury. As your child grows older and your parrot becomes more domesticated, you'll find the bird's behavior is more predictable.

The bottom line is that families with small children can still enjoy the countless benefits of owning a pet parrot. Regardless of the species, though, parents should err on the side of caution to ensure their child and bird are safe and protected against injury.

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