Parrots and other pet birds, for that matter, are some of the best pets to have for any kind of pet owner. They are intelligent, thoughtful, witty, and very caring when you give them the best kind of care and nutrition possible while also spending time to bond with them. That is why there are plenty of pet owners who enjoy having parrots around in their homes.
But the fact of the matter is that parrots and birds are not always the best types of pets for those who want to live the life of the pet owner. In the same way, being a parrot owner is not a life that is meant for just any person. As such, there are parrots who tend to live in misery in their first homes. On the flip side, there are also pet owners who do not enjoy living with their pet parrots. Hence, this is where rehoming the parrot becomes a necessity.
What is rehoming?
Rehoming is when you need to give a pet parrot or any other pet bird a new home in case, for one reason or another, its first home did not pan out well. Rehoming has two sides. The first one is when the former owner decides for any kind of reason that he or she cannot keep his pet parrot anymore and that there is a need to give it a new home that can be better than its first one. The second side is from the point of view of those who are adopting the parrot into a new home to try to give it a better kind of life compared to the one it had prior to the rehoming.
Why is there a need to rehome?
Parrots are similar to any kind of pet in the sense that they need specific conditions that would allow them to live well and healthy and to thrive under captive conditions. However, there simply are owners who, for some reason, are not ready to give the parrot the kind of home they need. If that happens, the parrots grow up to be sickly, unhealthy, emotionally distressed, and unfriendly. In such cases, there is a need to give the parrot a new home, one that can allow it to feel taken care of properly.
There are cases where you simply just cannot blame the first owner for the rehoming. Some parrot owners do try their best to give the parrot a good first home by putting in the necessary effort to give them healthy food, a good place to live in, and some attention. However, there will still be some reasons as to why the parrot was not able to adapt well to its home.
In some cases, you just simply can say that the owner and the parrot just were not compatible with one another. The owner may not enjoy the personality and temperament of the parrot he or she has while the parrot may not necessarily like living under the conditions it was given. All in all, the need to rehome the parrot would be the best scenario for both the bird and its first owner.
Is it rehoming difficult? If yes, why so?
If rehoming a parrot is not a difficult task to do, we would not be writing about it in the first place. That said, rehoming a parrot can indeed be a very difficult endeavor for those who are finding a good home for it and for those who are trying to make it adapt to its new home.
On the part of those who want to find people who can rehome their parrots, it might be difficult to do so because there won’t be a lot of willing pet owners out there who can give the kind of environment and care that a parrot needs to thrive better than it did in its previous home.
Meanwhile, those who are more than willing to take the parrot in will find that the bird won’t be too easy to handle due to the past experiences it had with its previous owner. They might have psychological issues and could possibly be too distressed due to the possible abuse they experienced in the past. In addition to that, parrots and most other types of birds prefer to live a routine kind of lifestyle. It can be pretty difficult to have them adapt to their life under captive care in their first home. In that sense, it will be more difficult to have them adapt all over again in a new home once they are rehomed.
All that said, rehoming can be a more difficult task on the part of the ones giving the parrot a new home to live in because of how it can be pretty hard to tell what kind of emotional baggage the bird is carrying. At times, it can even be too insurmountable for most of those rehoming the parrot to the point that they just give up and try to rehome it all over again. As such, giving up can be pretty understandable, but working harder to make sure the parrot adjusts to its new home is a commendable effort on the part of the person rehoming the bird.
What to do if you want your parrot to be rehomed?
If you find that taking care of a parrot just isn’t for you, here are some of the things you need to consider when you want it to be rehomed:
· Look for local bird rescues
There are a lot of places with their own local bird rescues. They should be the first ones you should call in case you want your parrot to be rehomed. Bird rescues can either provide sanctuary for the birds and take care of them themselves or match the parrots up with new owners.
· List it for adoption online
The internet is full of adoption sites you can go to in case you want to rehome your parrot. You can place an ad online and wait for someone to see it and be willing enough to give it a forever home it will love.
· Ask your vet
A vet that specializes in birds is not just someone who takes care of sick parrots. They are also well connected with the local bird community in your area and will be more than willing enough to help you give your parrot a new home.
· Go to your friends and family
If you want to look for a new home for your pet bird, your friends and family are some of the best people to go to for help. Some of them might not only be willing but are also more capable of handling birds than you are. And the best part is that you can still stay connected with the parrot by coming over to your friend’s or family member’s place to visit your former pet.
Tips for rehoming a parrot
For those who are on the rehoming side, here are some tips that could help you make rehoming your new parrot easier:
· Be patient
Patience is the key when it comes to rehoming a parrot because you do not know what kind of past or emotional baggage it carries with it. Approach it with a lot of patience and make sure that you never lose your cool or even give up when trying to help it adapt to its new environment.
· Exude a positive energy
Parrots are empathic animals that respond to the energy and vibe their owners give out. In that sense, when you are rehoming a parrot, never lose your cool and try to exude positive energy so that your parrot will also feel that you are trying to stay calm in the middle of a difficult situation. That will also help your parrot develop a calm demeanor.
· Go to a vet
When things get too difficult, go to a vet so that an expert can examine the parrot. Your local vet may be able to give his or her insights on why the parrot is difficult to rehome and what you need to do to make it easier for it to adapt to a new environment.
· Give it space
Parrots need to be given some space when they are still adapting to a new environment. In that case, try keeping it away from your kids and friends while it is still trying to adapt. As much as possible, you should be the only one interacting with it so that it does not get too overwhelmed in its new home.
· Adjusts its diet
It is very often that a rehomed parrot was rehomed in the first place because the previous owner was not able to take care of it properly. There is also a possibility that it had a poor diet in its previous home. In that case, one of the first things you should do is adjust its diet and give it the proper food and nutrients it needs to be healthy. A healthy parrot is more likely to be happier and easier to adapt to its surroundings.