If you are thinking about adopting a bird, consider your own personality. A good sense of humor, patience and willingness to cook and clean for your bird every day are necessary traits in a good bird owner. Interacting with your bird every day and providing a changing array of toys to enrich the environment takes time. Consider whether you have the time in your life to provide these services for your pet before you adopt. Please do adopt from a bird rescue society. Nevins Farm in Methuen has birds and exotic pets. Foster Parrots in Rhode Island (http://fosterparrots.com/about/history/) encourages potential adopters to volunteer at the sanctuary so you learn which birds you bond with before you adopt. Once you do adopt, please make sure you establish a relationship with an avian veterinarian.
Dr. Elizabeth Bradt is a 1986 graduate of Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and the owner of All Creatures Veterinary Hospital in Salem. Email your pet questions to email@example.com. Please title your email “Vet Connection.”