I would recommend that if you think of getting a pet bird, reach out and find someone who has one or more birds in their home and talk to them about daily challenges.
Personally I find the biggest issue is simply keeping our apartment clean be it via brooms and dustpans or vacuuming.
I try to make it not a big issue on a day-to-day basis by feeding our 11 birds using small brush strokes.
I refresh the water in the morning, afternoon and evening.
All three bird cages get bird food feeders and dishes topped off at least twice every 24 hours.
The bigger birds, our Senegal and African ringneck are let out consistently (but separately) throughout the day but with vigilant adult supervision so that nobody but gets injured.
They also commute to work weather permitting.
Our nine budgies seem to be immune from any human interaction even when the doors are left open on their large Prevue F050 aviary by accident.
They tend not to take advantage of an escape route because I feel they know they have it really good.
In conclusion, if you’re going to bring birds into your home, expect to have a relationship similar to that having toddlers or children.
There is no way to predict the behavioral outcome of any pet bird.
Over the years we seen both aggressive and cuddly blue and gold macaws.
A parrotlet with no socialization can easily become “a scissors with wings.”
Larger birds without proper training and attention can morph into “flying bolt cutters.”
Two birds as pets may need constant supervision and interaction.
In our home, our Senegal and African ringneck occupy their own cages and the nine budgies have a spacious aviary.
The two birds also travel with us to our permanently parked travel trailer in Indiana almost weekly.
If you do the math you’re looking at three bird cages in our living room, two travel cages, two cages in our shop and two cages in our permanently parked travel trailer bringing the total to nine bird cages necessary to enable our lifestyle.
This means that we have to provide fresh food and water, and keep all the cages clean so the birds remain healthy.
Keeping everything together as an act of love.
This goes way beyond having a dog who happens to have their favorite place to sleep.
We spend our evenings at home, giving the Senegal and African ringneck out of the cage time individually so they don’t crash into each other in flight or bite one another’s toes off.
It’s a work in progress, a strategy that needs development each and every day.
Bringing a bird into your home is not unlike bringing a child into your home.
It’s not like acquiring a dog or a cat because these animals can FLY!
A feathered companion is way more challenging than any mammal kept as a pet.
Also published on Medium.