Should I Adopt An Older “Second Hand” Bird??


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This is a frequently requested question. In general, the misconception that “second hand” (or third, or fourth hand) birds would not connect with a new owner is demonstrably false. While they may have some “emotional/behavioral baggage” and may need extra patience as well as plenty of love and compassion, the majority of them are “redeemable,” having evolved to be able to ultimately adapt and attach to new mates, as well as speak “care providers,” based only on instinct. If their partner dies or is devoured by a predator, they must be emotionally capable of attaching themselves to another member of the flock. It is the same here. Patience is required, sometimes for months.

Consider this: there are literally hundreds of unwanted birds that were often purchased on impulse. They are all in dire need of a permanent home. Successful partnerships need a grasp of these birds as well as an unwavering readiness to receive unconditional acceptance. Anyone who is willing to make a real commitment, who is willing to love, understand, respect, and be patient with their new charge, will have a gratifying and great experience. We as caregivers have an ethical and moral need to acquaint ourselves and be aware of the task that awaits us before obtaining any bird, baby or adult. There are great publications on the topic of maintaining parrots, and it is incumbent upon all of us to benefit from the tremendous work that has already been done in this field: to be aware of their physiological and psychological needs. The same mutually unpleasant penalties for ignorance and the same incentives for being knowledgeable and treating the bird with respect, compassion, patience, and understanding for and of the species unfailingly apply to bird chicks and “seniors.”

Some argue that “rescued” birds are aware of what has occurred and are thankful to people who provided them with safety and a genuine loving home.

We must constantly remember that parrots in general, and greys in particular, are more than simply birds; they are highly developed, exceedingly sensitive, clever, and observant beings that deserve to be treated as such.

In conclusion, there are no “second hand” birds; simply birds in need of a loving home. Some of our most well-known avian behaviorists are staunch supporters of the adoption of unwanted birds, often above the procurement of young. There’s a good explanation for this: first, they severely need us, and second, adult birds, even if abandoned by their owners, have the potential to be wonderful friends! It is all up to us!

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