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E-book Excerpt - 14 Pages - 23 Color Pencil Illustrations by Sally Blanchard
Misconceptions About Longevity
Since the real parrot boom started in the 1970’s-1980’s, we have developed some misconceptions about age considerations in regards to senior psittacines. I have had my double-yellow head, Paco, since she was a baby and I got her in 1976. While she is an older parrot, considering the age of some wild-caught parrots, she is by no means an elderly parrot. With most parrot family birds, the potential life-span, average life-span, and probable lifespan are not the same. I have met a 75 year old Green-winged Macaw, a 92 year old Blue-fronted Amazon, and an 80 year old sulfurcrested cockatoo, but we can’t presume that most parrots have the potential to live this long. If you read that the average lifespan of any parrot is over 50, that information is bogus.
Unfortunately, the averages also include the young parrots that don’t even make it to maturity because of compromised immune systems, exposure to diseases, or accidents. Another aspect of the production attitude of raising babies is selling unweaned babies to people with no handfeeding experience. While this works out for some lucky people, other people compromise the health of their babies or even kill them because they don’t really know what they are doing in regards to feeding and raising parrots.
There are also many perils in the lives of companion parrots and it requires a knowledgable and conscientious caregiver to protect their parrots from them. So many of the products people use and those that are sold for use in homes can cause severe problems in the respiratory system of parrots. These include cleaning chemicals, the products that are meant to make our homes smell good (?), cigarette smoke, non-stick cookware, carpet and fabric outgassing, and many more that can kill a parrot or they can just compromise a parrot’s health and eventually shorten its life. For example, if a parrot is exposed fumes from burning PTFE coated cookware (Teflon, Silverstone, etc.) and receives timely and effective care from ............................................
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Published by the Companion Parrot Online Magazine
Loveland, Colorado USA
Copyright© 2012 Sally Blanchard
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