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Read before u get yourself a lovebird by emmil Read before u get yourself a lovebird by emmil
I wrote this to balance the effect of sharing my cute bird pics/videos that makes some people want to keep lovebirds as their pets too. While I always welcome a new friend that have birds, I don't want them getting one in their lives with misleading ideas of what lovebirds are really like. I made some mistakes in my early life with birds. I'm not always proud of what I did in the past, but if it's something people can learn from, I'll share it anyway, hoping you'll have a smooth start with your bird companion and stay that way for many, many years to come. :)

First of all, parrots are always demanding. Size doesn't matter. It's a common rule that is applied for all social creatures actually. Small size only means that you'll spend less amount of money for the cage, toys and food. Vet bills cost the same.

I highly recommend to keep just 1 bird in your life. I'm somehow ended with a handful and I can't reset that. But you are not too late. Just keep one and you shall thx me later! Please remember, if you buy 1 you need to be ready to spend at least 1 hour a day with him out of cage for the next 20 years. The reward will be a sweet bonded bird that u can show off.
By buying just one you are committed into a LIFE TIME contract to be his parent, sex partner, friend, maid and bird toys. This means no holiday for you if you can't find an experience bird sitter that your bird likes. This also means choosing the bird over your social events, such as a friend's wedding. The bird only has you thus it's your responsibility to give him a priority. Else loneliness and sex frustration can drive him into a plucker, worse mutilate himself. If you can't do this much, buy two birds instead.

If you choose to buy 2 birds, he won't get lonely when you are busy with school, college, social events, kids, etc later in your life. I suggest buy 2 babies at the same time since buying him a friend at later age will be a hard work to do because he'll already have considered himself a human and there's a possibility he'll reject and attack the new bird, giving you a new problem and probably end up with him being rehomed because he is not that sweet anymore. However, buying two birds from babies will also not a guarantee that they will get along together. They might get a long when they were babies but once they hit puberty they might fight each other because one is an alpha who turns into a bully. Birds are territorial creatures so sometimes they don't want to share cage when they are same sex, especially female. So yes, be ready that you might, at the end, have to separate them into 2 cages. If cleaning 2 cages and all their messes on the floor are too much for you, please consider other animal as pets.

Keeping male and female birds together also has its own problem. If the male is not self-chosen by the female, he'll be attacked to death. But the biggest problem is you'll end up becoming a back yard breeder. Birds will mate & hens will lay eggs all the time (with or without a nest box) as long as the environment is comfortable and food supply is abundant. Hens will face chronic egg layer problem that can cause egg binding that can lead to death. Their babies will be given away/sold at one time because it's impossible for you to keep them all, batch after batch of babies. Who can guarantee the people who take their babies will be responsible human beings unless they sign a paper witnessed by a lawyer that's said they'll be sentenced for life if they abuse or neglect the birds. You will need to be creative and try various methods to stop the egg laying but sometimes none will work. Each bird is unique. What works for others' birds might not work for yours.
Buy 2 male birds if you don't want babies and problem with a chronic egg layer. Ask for DNA tests from your breeder when you buy 2 chicks. Buying two birds however will likely make them less/ not bonded with you. Even a sweet tamed bird can discard you when he gets a mate. It's not always the case but you must not be surprised if this happens to you.

Keeping one or keeping two birds, both have plus and minus sides. Thus, I represent the best 2 options which are: 1 bird for those who can spend regular time, at least 1 hour a day to let the birds out to exercise while being supervised. 2 birds for those who are content watching 2 happy birds in a BIG cage and occasionally let them out to play. So choose wisely!

Please buy a weaned chick; don't hand feed a chick if possible because it's risky. If you like to get to know him better before he's weaned, do a home visit to your breeder after you pay a deposit money for a hatching baby. You can cuddle and trying to feed him while being supervised by the breeder so that he gets used to know you earlier in his life.

Inspect the breeder's breeding cages. If it's like a bird mill, don't bother buying his chick. You'll get a weak chick that will have health problems in his adult life.

Do not buy a bird just because of an ads pic. Do not believe a chick perching on a finger is 100% tamed. Hand feeding and hand raising are very different things. See for your own self if it's cuddly enough for you, best if you can flip him easily and he's relaxed laying on his back like this: www.youtube.com/
watch?v=tRhiMJBrWss or this: www.youtube.com/
watch?v=NNvh3ICTb8o

I don't recommend adopting a wild, not well-socialized bird for a beginner. Unless you have a mentor living near by to help you with training, else you might end up just neglecting him because you are afraid of his bites. Adopting a socialized adult bird is ok.

At 3 - 4 month of age, puberty starts and your patience/love will be tested. He'll be bitey because he's horny, territorial with his favorite toys, etc. Works with him for the next 6 more months to pass this rebel stage. Learn to watch his body language, talk and discuss with other bird parents so that you know what to do with his teen life's disaster. Join my birdie group, we have many lovebird parents here:

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Always eager to learn. There are still many, many thing that we can learn everyday to be a better bird parent. Always crosscheck the fact you read on the internet multiple times on several other sources to avoid misleading info or misunderstanding.

Money is not everything, TIME is. It's about how much time you want to spend on your bird to keep him a happy healthy bird. You can make your own toys, plant your own veggies, sprout your bird seeds, etc. Keep in mind, presents are never intended to replace presence. You are the best gift your bird can have. To be with you everyday is his biggest joy. Never forget that.

Last, do not buy a bird because you want a bird like others' have. Do not buy one because you expect him to talk, be a cuddle bug, etc. What you see on other people's video is something earned from a hard work and love going on for years. Every bird is unique and God is fair. What your bird lacks will be balanced with his own special perks. High expectation will only lead to disappointment which will end up with a rehoming. Love him for what he is. No two birds are the same, even if they are siblings. If you love him for what he is, the grass will always be greener on your own side.

After a year or two when you feel like birds are your life and you are sure you can handle 1 more for another 20 years too, go ahead buy another one. But never buy it because you want some that have pretty color mutations that you don't have yet. Unless you are a breeder, personality is more important than pretty plumage color for a companion bird. The beauty of
physical appearance will soon vanish with everyday bite and more if he becomes a plucker. Having new pets will mean that you'll have less time to share with the current one you have. So please be sure to think really hard before bringing more birds in your life. SHARE THIS if you agree. Thanks. :)
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SrTw Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015   General Artist
Very interesting, informative and enlightening!  Thank you!  :)
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emmil Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You are welcome :)
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ah! Bird puberty is like... ACK! I just lost my budgie after only 3 years (she died rather unexpectedly; we did our normal morning routine, she was fine in the afternoon, then in the evening I went in to check on her and there she was on the bottom, dead), and I'm starting to consider a different parrot species, since I don't think I'll ever get another budgie as great as her, and one would always remind me of her, which would make me sad. She was a great bird, but she was a nightmare sometimes during puberty! She suddenly got aggressive and bitey, she screamed CONSTANTLY, and she was super energetic and always banging toys around or trying to find ways to get out so she could play with me (and since I work from home, anything beyond her designated play times was a hindrance). I also did some things I am not proud of, but wow, after puberty she was a totally different bird. Very very chill, slept most of the day, never ever screamed, NEVER bit me unless it was pitch black and she couldn't see who was near her, and she became extremely cuddly and would nap on me while I watched movies. I don't think many new bird owners are prepared for that awful stage (and I have argued with some bird owners who say it is a myth... well, I disagree)-- I definitely was not prepared and had many regrets at that time. So I'm glad to see you mentioned it, because it is the most trying time of raising a bird, but once it is over it gets SO MUCH EASIER.

Not sure if you answer questions, but I am considering getting a lovebird but can't find a lot of info on the negatives to owning one. When they bite, does it draw blood? Or is it not that bad? I expect they bite quite a bit in the beginning before bonding... Also, do they screech? I assume they do, but is it loud or is it MADDENINGLY painfully loud? My budgie could make this shrill DANGER DANGER call when she was scared and it seriously drove me crazy because I could feel my eardrum pulsating when she did it. Maybe I just need earplugs next time... because all parrots are loud, right? Haha. 
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emmil Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
A serious bite from a lovebird on your skin can draw blood a little but you won't need stitches. :) All parrots are loud especially in the evening when the sun is about to set. Bigger bird = louder voice and they do chirp, scream, screech, etc. You can visit a shelter/breeder/petshop/friend that has lovebirds to hear their voices and to do more thoroughly research & interview. You can also check youtube to see some lovebird related videos. If you start with a hand raised bird, they don't bite. If you adopt a parent raised bird or one that's been traumatized with human, yes, it will be a challenging thing to tame it, but this apply to all birds, not just lovebirds, but finches, quails and other avian too. :) Let me know if you finally get one. <3
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for responding!

Lovebirds seem to be similar to budgies in the biting/screeching aspects. I'm definitely planning on getting a younger bird, though there are no breeders on the island I live on, so I'm not sure if there's a way to get around it or if I'll just have to order a younger one from a pet shop. I'll look around a bit more and see what I can do... and order earplugs, haha.

I'm still debating between a lovebird and one other critter, but I'll let you know if I get one :D
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emmil Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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JRigh Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
You have outdone yourself with this posting, Em! Beautifully done ... as I was reading, I admit to looking for anything you might have left out by accident (since you know I take this topic very serious), but you covered everything that was truly important.  Great job. :love:
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emmil Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank u ^.^
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Folkeye Featured By Owner Edited Jul 8, 2014
Parrots are like temper throwing kids who never grow up! They can throw an attitude with the best of them. Yet they can be lovers too :)

Lots of work parrots are, different than budgies for sure! Budgies, even if a bit nippy/grouchy tends to not be as smart as the grudge holding parrots. Even when mad, they're easier going than a 'true' parrot.

But it's a challenge, a very long term one if all goes well!

I do love my parrotlet, attitude and all. He's my baby and he knows it.
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emmil Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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AliyaBloodHeart Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
May sound like a strange question, but would you have any advice on re-taming?
I have a cockatiel who is about 15 years old (had him since he was a youngster and he was hand reared, very tame up until about 9 years ago) He started being scared of people (I know the reason why) and was practically have heartattacks inside his small cage, in the end I gave up and put him inside a large cage that he could fly around in, have many different sized perches ect.
He started to settle down again and he is happy, he is chirpy, he loves being around other birds, he no longer gets himself worked up to the point I fear for his heart stopping.
Recently I put him back into a small cage so that I could take him in my car to visit with family, he is still in the small cage and he has been staying inside our house again, he is still happy, but he still wants to attack me every time I go to feed/water him.
Have there been any success with re-taming small parrots?
I'm a stay at home mum now so I have loads of time to spend with him.
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emmil Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
He started being scared of people (I know the reason why) --> what happened?
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AliyaBloodHeart Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well when I moved in with my in-laws (for about 6 months) my MIL was doing various things like using a vacuum cleaner hitting his cage and using a garden hose claiming she was giving him water when she was filling the cage up with water, and just plain teasing him.
We moved out of there as soon as we possibly could and he calmed down over time but he has never been the same as how he use to be (I don't blame him though after the trauma)
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emmil Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Basic mental you need to take care of this bird is:
1.) Consider the sweet one dead and this is a new bird you bought.
2.) Don't compare, don't expect too much, don't set a time limit to get him tamed

Basic training you need to do:
1.) Step up using a stick
2.) Step up from the stick to your finger
There are many tutorials about it on the internet.

Join my birdie gang on Life with birds
There are people who have same problem you are dealing with now. You can exchange tips and experience to get a better result. You have a higher success rate to train a traumatic bird if he's the only pet at home, no other birds around that he can count on as friends, no other animals/little kids that might scare him, and he will only see you trying to please him every day and hopefully when he's ready, he'll open his heart again for you.  This will probably take years since he's been left traumatic for 6 years. So unconditional love and faith are necessary, else you'll lose patient. :)
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JRigh Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Excellent advice, Em!  Especially "1.) Consider the sweet one dead and this is a new bird you bought." ... my avian vet said that trauma can alter a bird's personality SO much, just as with humans.  I would also agree 100% with you that he shouldn't have other birds, pets, etc. around him.  We all know that all birds are flock animals ... they NEED to be around others.  So if Miss Aliya is his ONLY flock, he will eventually warm up to her because his instincts tell him that is the way you survive.  Great advice, Em!
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emmil Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! ^_^ I really wish you joined my FB group you could help me answering questions about lovebirds... :D
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AliyaBloodHeart Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok thank you so much!
I was worried I may have left it too late :) but this is giving me more confidence in at least trying <3
I'll start once my son is back at kinder next week other wise things won't go well.
Thank you again
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emmil Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you are welcome :)
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MagicBirdie Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Good advice :clap:
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
That seems like sound advices - I quickly perused this, but this is serious and thought well.
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blackhellcat Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
What if I get a few male parakeets?
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emmil Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you mean more than 2? Odd numbers = 1 will be bullied for having no partner. Or, the odd one left will bully others to take away their partner.
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blackhellcat Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
So two boy parakeets are best?

And okay with them living like college roommates with no female in sight all their lives, too?

(I'd rather have male birds; I have heard some not so pleasant stories about female parakeets being a bit more aggressive and also have problems with egg-binding.)
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emmil Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Male birds will have no problems with eggs obviously but I warn you some of them can still be an ass, so if you win the jackpot of getting 2 alpha birds... things might not work along nicely. Imo, buying two birds from babies will also not a 100% guarantee that they will get along together forever. They might get a long when they were babies but once they hit puberty they might fight each other because one is an alpha who turns into a bully. Birds are territorial creatures so sometimes they don't want to share cage when they are same sex, especially females, but there are male bully too. There is no black and white thing about birds. So yes, be ready that you might, at the end, have to separate them into 2 cages. Cleaning cages, preparing food dishes, buying toys, etc will be twice much than before.

Keeping one or keeping two birds, both have plus and minus sides. Thus, I represent the best 2 options which are: 1 bird for those who can spend regular time, at least 1 hour a day to let the birds out to exercise while being supervised. 2 birds for those who are content watching 2 happy birds in a BIG cage and occasionally let them out to play.:)
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blackhellcat Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
I am a cartoonist, so I will be likely to live almost 24/7 in my own house.

So perhaps a bird may be a nice pet for me and I am considering letting him free for most of day (what do you think of bird diapers, BTW? :XD: ) So one male bird will do? He wouldn't get lonely if he has me?
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emmil Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, just like Pipi and me. She is a guardian of my working room. She is out of cage more than 12 hours a day. Mini parrot (lovebird, budgie, parrotlet) and finch poop are not as gross as quails and other bigger birds. If Pipi poop on my cloth and table, I just wipe it with a tissue. Once a week I clean my room wipe the surfaces with water mixed with dettol. Most of the time birds poop while perching on a branch, u can put a paper under the gym, etc where they like to perch and change it once a day. :)
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Cadfail Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
I agree mostly, but not with the part on just buying ONE bird. I know, if you have two birds, it's less likely that they become tame and/or cuddly. But lovebirds aren't called that for nothing. I've seen a lonely male lovebird. He had all the attention one could wish for, but later, when he got a partner, it was like he was a different bird alltogether! He was singing all day long, cuddling, playing and alltogether enjoying life for real!
Of course, there is a point in saving birds that are pushed out of the nest or mistreated by the parents for other reasons, and handraising that bird. But I think, especially strongly sociable birds as lovebirds should not be kept alone when it can be helped.

I do not want to condemn you, because I'm sure you have reasons for keeping Pepe alone (the incest for example?) but I don't think people should be encouraged to buy single lovebirds and keep them alone just to have a tame, cuddly bird. They are so much happier being in a partnership or even in a colony cage! It's so beautiful just watching a pair or even two pairs interacting and being happy!
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emmil Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
By buying just one we are committed into a LIFE TIME contract to be his parent, sex partner, friend, maid and bird toys. This means no holiday for us if we can't find an experience bird sitter that our bird likes. This also means choosing the bird over our social events, such as a friend's wedding. The bird only has us thus it's our responsibelity to give him a priority. Else loneliness and sex frustration can drive him into a plucker, worse mutilate himself. If we can't do this much, buy two birds instead.

It's also a misleading concept to believe 2 birds are happier than one since there is no guarantee that they will get along. They might get a long when they were babies but once they hit puberty they might fight each other because one is an alpha who turns into a bully. Bird is a territorial creature so sometimes they don't want to share cage when they are same sex, especially female. So be ready that you might, at the end, separate them into 2 cages. If cleaning 2 cages and all their messes on the floor are too much for you, please consider other animal as pets.

FYI, keeping male and female birds together also has its own problem. If the male is not self-chosen by the female, he'll be attacked to death. But the biggest problem is we'll end up becoming a back yard breeder. Birds will mate & hens will lay eggs all the time (with or without a nest box) as long as the environment is comfortable and food supply is abundant. Hens will face chronic egg layer problem that can cause egg binding that can lead to death. Their babies will be given away/sold at one time because it's impossible for the owner to keep them all, batch after batch of babies. Who can guarantee the people who take their babies will be responsible human beings unless they sign a paper witnessed by a lawyer that's said they'll be sentenced for life if they abuse or neglect the birds. You will need to be creative and try various methods to stop the egg laying but sometimes none will work. Each bird is unique. What works for others' bird might not work for ours.

Keeping one or keeping two birds, both have plus and minus sides. Thus, I represent the best 2 options which are: 1 bird for those who can spend regular time, at least 1 hour a day to let the birds out to exercise while being supervised. 2 birds for those who are content watching 2 happy birds in a BIG cage and occasionally let them out to play.
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Shadowflashdabearded Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Beautifully taken
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Broadwinger Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I knew what I was getting into when I got my conure, by my parents, not so much. :XD: Tucker screams non stop, and I knew conures tend to do that. I'm used to waking up at 7:30 in the morning to screaming.
Now, when raising baby birds (especially wild ones, not just parrots), their neediness is way higher. That will really test your patience! XD
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emmil Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
morning screaming has no effect on me since I wake up at 4 or 5 am every day ^^;
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puffugu Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student General Artist
great info!
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morosemordant Featured By Owner Edited Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
We had an African Gray rescue They live to be as old as 85 years (had to give away after many years because we found out dogs make them insane and she was pulling feathers, if you have one they will be your only pet. )  I also had a green cheek conure, very loving and needy. I had him for several years they live about 25 years.  (got out of his cage repeatedly to come hang out with me at my computer. Came home from work and he had broken his neck on the wall) They are high maintenance pets. Be aware that if they can get out of their cage they will and this is the number one way small birds die. They get sat on, they fly into things and break their necks, if you have other pets like dogs or cats keep them away no matter how nicely they get along. Birds are fragile, needy, greedy, toddlers and they require patience and hard work. The reward is great but the work is constant. 
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JRigh Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Amen!  I moved into a place that had ceiling fans and refuse to turn them on when my Jo Jo is out and about.  Her wings are no longer clipped, but she chews off her tail feathers so she can't really fly as high as the fans.  But it is ALWAYS better to be safe than sorry!  My friend's beloved cockatoo accidentally flew too close to a ceiling fan and it launched him into the wall.  These really are delicate creatures ... especially when you take into account that they have hollow bones which makes them even more fragile in my eyes. :-)
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emmil Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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theliondemon-kaimra Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i miss having a bird i used to have a blue and gold macaw he used to cuddle and give kisses but only to me and my mom XD he would bit my sister and dad if one of us was in the room lol,but cant right now as i got a little dog thats kind of mean to the other so he has to stay in my room >_>
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emmil Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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galianogangster Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic compilation! I've always wanted a bird because of that great bond that you can form, but I just know I don't have the commitment, so it's just not going to happen *sigh* But I'll always appreciate watching people like you and your relationships with your birds :3
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emmil Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Looking at ur avatar, u have a dog I guess?
Well, you have a man's best friend and you are lucky because birds are emo bipolar creatures that don't live to please their owners; they even don't always appreciate a head rub as a compliment. :lol:
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galianogangster Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I do!
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Arkhetypon Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
<3  I agree with all of this. I owned a male love bird for 15 years and while he was a wonderful companion, he was also a handful! Definitely not a companion for the faint of heart. 

Something else folks might not understand is that owning a pet bird results in some fairly significant life restrictions:
- Limit or eliminate use of non-stick pans (they release toxic gas when overheated)
- No air fresheners
- Be VERY careful with household cleaners
- Have to keep the house at at least 70 degrees (F) during the winter
- Who will take care of them when you're not around? 
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emmil Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
True, finding a bird sitter is not as easy as finding a dog/cat's sitter :)
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chibi-dani111 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you 100%. Everyone should take your advice very seriously because it is very difficult caring for birds and even more so when they aren't comfortable with humans. I know from my first time that raising a bird in general is difficult and sometimes I get a little scared because of her normal bird habits (molting, plucking old feathers, drinking water in a way that she gets her whole face wet). You just have to trust yourself if you're doing everything right and your bird will definitely love you just like Emmi's do :)
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emmil Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, avian specialist is a rare gem that's not always available in every city.
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JRigh Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
I realized how lucky I am to have an avian vet in my city when I was reading various posts at a parrot lover's website.  The need for avian vets is really high (at least here in the USA).  And since parrots tend to hide their illnesses, having to trek 50-100 miles (if even) to see a vet once you discover the illness is a horrible situation to be in. 
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chibi-dani111 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
We don't even have an avian vet in our area so I have to spend hours on end studying on the internet in case my bird starts acting funny.
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emmil Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I feel you...
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ANIMALGIRL1869 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
this is soo nice of you to do for others. though the links are not working right. The facebook one just sent me to my page. 

i still sooo want your mauve baby right there!
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emmil Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for letting me know, try again hope it works this time ^^
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ANIMALGIRL1869 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
You're welcome. and yes it works now. i sent a join request. 
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