Which Parrot Is For Me???

HannahandSunny

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Jan 13, 2019
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Australia
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Cockatiels. Percy & Gizmo

Forever in my heart. Sunny the Corella
Was wondering how everyone’s birds coped with Full-time working owners? My main concern about getting a Parrot is that I currently work part time but will have to find a new job in the near future, probably a full time job. My parter works full time.
How does it work having a parrot and working?
 

Inger

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Mar 20, 2017
3,285
193
Everett, WA
Parrots
Bumble - Pacific (or Celestial) Parrotlet hatched 02/19/17
Was wondering how everyone’s birds coped with Full-time working owners? My main concern about getting a Parrot is that I currently work part time but will have to find a new job in the near future, probably a full time job. My parter works full time.
How does it work having a parrot and working?



Lots of us do it. It might not be ideal, but it works out okay. I take Bumble out of her cage as soon as I get home, and she’s out most of the day on weekends. We have a good routine. I’m also single with an adult child and usually come straight home from work-so she’s really my main focus in the evening. I’m certain you can make it work and some parrot really deserves you as its mom, Hannah.


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Noahs_Birds

Supporting Member
Oct 24, 2019
447
365
Toowoomba/Highfields, QLD, Australia
Parrots
Yellow Sided GCC's, Rosa Bourkes Parrots, Full Red Fronted Turqoisine Parrots, Quaker Parrots 'Scomo PM' 'Jenny PM's wife', PLUS: Rare Finches, Doves and Quail
I wouldn't say finches live for 10 to 20 years
Finches only live for 6 - 12 years, 20 years is a big overstatement
Thanks
Noah Till
 

HannahandSunny

Supporting Member
Jan 13, 2019
500
184
Australia
Parrots
Cockatiels. Percy & Gizmo

Forever in my heart. Sunny the Corella
Was wondering how everyone’s birds coped with Full-time working owners? My main concern about getting a Parrot is that I currently work part time but will have to find a new job in the near future, probably a full time job. My parter works full time.
How does it work having a parrot and working?



Lots of us do it. It might not be ideal, but it works out okay. I take Bumble out of her cage as soon as I get home, and she’s out most of the day on weekends. We have a good routine. I’m also single with an adult child and usually come straight home from work-so she’s really my main focus in the evening. I’m certain you can make it work and some parrot really deserves you as its mom, Hannah.


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I’m always rushing home for the guinea pigs, and also the horses. So I don’t like to do anything in the evenings as it’s my time to give the G’pigs floortime etc so I’d always make sure I get home quickly for the parrot too. My parter usually gets home an hour earlier than me as well so that’s a good thing.
I guess they just learn to adapt to their humans schedules.
Thank you Inger :)
 

charmedbyekkie

New member
May 24, 2018
1,148
10
US/SG
Parrots
Cairo the Ekkie!
Was wondering how everyone’s birds coped with Full-time working owners? My main concern about getting a Parrot is that I currently work part time but will have to find a new job in the near future, probably a full time job. My parter works full time.
How does it work having a parrot and working?

I know quite a few members have had their birds during full-time jobs and still have the same birds into retirement.

I work full-time and sometimes more than full-time (work hours are not as strict as in the US, so overtime is often expected and unpaid).

Every evening, I try to rush home to take Cairo out on a walk. Because we're on the equator, his walks often happen at or just after dusk. And he's quite happy with them. It's not every day, though I do try, but it's majority of the days. Then after the walk, he gets his dinner. After his dinner, he'll chill with us for a while, maybe do some trick training, wrap up the day with an optional shower, then go to sleep. It's a few hours every evening, but he's pretty forgiving if I come home late (he'll typically nap or play with his toys).

I did make sure to get the largest cage I could afford (both spatially and monetarily), which helps my peace of mind and allows him to do short flighted hops around. He loves his foraging toys and his wood toys, so I just make sure to keep those up to date for him.

On the weekends, it's typically one day is Cairo-Day. We go flying on his harness in the park, we chill out at a cafe, we go to festivals and other family-friendly outdoor events, etc. He basically goes everywhere with us. Friends invite us out - we check if it's Cairo-friendly and if so, he's joining us. He looks forward to those weekend fun things, asking for "fly-fly" when we haven't done it in his expected timeframe. And he's generally a happier bird when we go out.

The other day of the weekend, he's just around us. Sometimes he just plays and chatters in his cage if it isn't safe for him to come out (my partner does hardware and software, and Cairo thinks all cables and nuts/bolts are fun toys). Other times, he chills on our.. porch/patio/carport (really don't know how to culturally translate this) while we do some housekeeping. If we have an afternoon nap, we bring him into our room - he'll sleep on his perch for as long as my partner sleeps.

We just try to take advantage of the small moments of connection. So far, no signs of distress from him. And even just a short few minutes walk makes a happy Cairo, even if the outside is just lit up by the street lights.
 

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