Why adopt? Why not just purchase a baby bird? Consider that most people do not have any understanding of what it is like to own a bird and most likely have never owned one before. There is a strong likelihood that no additional education or instruction was offered to the new owner regarding the care of the bird that they purchased from a store. Without the proper training and socialization the baby bird tends to grow up into a bird with many problems, many of which are behavioral, and that typically leads them into a life cycle of jumping from home to home, or they are relinquished to a rescue.
Here at Ginger's Parrot Rescue the birds that come into our care are rehabilitated to be everything that a baby bird is and more. They are evaluated for their temperament, personality, health and behavior. They go through a training period that helps ensure that they will be a well behaved companion parrot. By doing this each parrot is treated as an individual and rehabilitated according to those needs.
Once the parrot is available for adoption it has been through the process and proven to be a well adjusted pet. By that time all of the habits, good and bad, have been noted. You will know exactly what to expect from the parrot when you adopt from us. There are little, if any, surprises.
Adopting a bird saves two birds...
One because you adopted it, and one because by adopting that bird you have made room for us to accept another bird in need of our help.
Adopting and caring for a companion bird is not to be misconstrued as an easy or cheap alternative to purchasing one, and is a serious responsibility. We insist that each person who adopts a bird understands these responsibilities and can fulfill them. More than with most pets, it is true that not everyone who wishes to live with an exotic bird is able to provide for the bird's well being.
Because of this, we do not adopt birds to children. All adoption requests must be made by an adult that is 21 years of age or older. We want children to learn how to relate to all animals, but we do not encourage the sole responsibility of the care of a bird as a child's teaching tool.
Remember that companion birds can be expensive to maintain and live relatively long life spans. Many will outlive their caretakers. This fact needs to be part of your consideration when adopting a parrot.
Here are some reasons that birds are brought to Ginger's Parrot Rescue: