10 Commandments Of Parrot Ownership

10 Commandments Of Parrot Ownership

 March 1st, 2010
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Blue Fronted Amazon Parrot

While I was going through some old parrot related paperwork today I found this piece. I think that, along with a guide to the proper care of birds this piece should be given to every new owner:


by Jane Hallander, reprinted with the permission of Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary

1. My life is likely to last 20 or more years. Any separation from you will be painful to me. Remember that before you take me home.

2. Give me time to understand what you want from me.

3. Place your trust in me. It’s crucial to my well being.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long, and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your entertainment, your friends. I have only you.

5. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when it’s speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I’ll never forget it.

7. Remember before you strike me that I have a beak that could easily crush the bones of your hand, but that I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, or I’ve been in the cage too long.

9. Take care of me when I get old, you too will get old.

10. Go with me on my last journey. Never say “I can’t bear to watch it” or “Let it happen in my absence.”
Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, I Love You.

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10 Comments on “10 Commandments Of Parrot Ownership”

Barbara DeFiore  03/01/2010 2:41 pm

OOOHHH!!!!! this is so cute and correct

Begum  03/02/2010 1:01 pm

Loved it!

Jason LeCompte  03/02/2010 4:22 pm

The last line put tears in my eyes.

Emily Jordan  03/03/2010 1:49 pm

That is excellent! I particularly like no.4–too many people neglect their parrots. They do have only us. Thanks for sharing.

Eva Knoche  03/08/2010 8:20 pm

ohhhhh this is soo cute im lookin at my birdy and it sooo sweeet im going to print it out!

GUILLERMO  03/16/2010 10:02 am

so beatifull! great…. I LOVE MI ”COCO”!!

kanya  04/08/2010 7:03 am

the last line makes a lot of sense..

i was holding my african grey when he died… it hurt me like hell but he looked like he was in peace…

i miss him a lot!!! 🙁

Michael J. Welch, Ph.D.  07/15/2010 6:00 pm

by Jane Hallander, reprinted with the permission of Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary

Patty  07/16/2010 9:21 pm


This is the author? Thank you, I wasn’t able to track it down!


Candice C  09/28/2013 12:17 am

number 10 has legit reduced me to a sobbing mess