Posted Nov 03, 2012
Baby, what can I say about Baby... I inherited Baby when my grandmother passed away. There was no plan for what would happen to Baby when my grandma couldn't care for her any longer. I guess people just don't want to plan for things like that. Baby way already about 30 years old when I got her. She had been alive for pretty much the same length of time that I had been, and I didn't know much about life-expectancy when I got her, but I hear that these birds can live up to 50 years or so.
ONE PIECE OF ADVICE: If you're going to get into birds, do it when you're young. They live such a long time, and it's not nice trying to relocate them when they're older. They don't always adjust well.
I always enjoyed Baby when I was growing up, but that all changed once I became her proud owner. I was not prepared for a bird, never mind a bird that didn't adapt to change very well.
My opinion might be biased, but I hope it helps someone to make an informed decision.
The bird cage gets dirty really quickly, and it's a pain to clean. It's really messy and stinky. Birds can be mean if they are uprooted like Baby was. She was always so sweet when my grandma was in charge, but after coming to my home she got a bit nasty. (She was playful, and smart, and really affectionate before, and still could be, but the nastiness came frequently at my home because I believe I was a lot busier than my grandma, and couldn't give her the appropriate amount of attention that she needed).
This bird was noisey, talking, screaching, oh my. I could hardly manage to keep my sanity when she moved into my home.
She had health issues which really added to the expenses. Vet bills can add up really fast. They also go through food, water, and toys very quickly, so you always have to stay on top of it. It's like a full time job.
They also carry diseases and germs that can transfer to humans, especially children, so I didn't feel comfortable having her at home. We eventually found a good home for her with a single woman in our neighborhood who will look after her for the rest of her life. I'm glad.