Bird Checklist: “Before You Buy”

This checklist contains important questions that you should discuss with your family. And there’s a “Parents’ Info” section at the end. There you will also find the option to print out this list.

1. Can you look after your birds for 6 - 15 years?

Birds have a life expectancy of around 6 - 15 years (some breeds can even live for up to 40 years). Maybe you won’t be in school anymore, and you might be training or studying in another place.

2. Are you allergic to birds?

Birds release a kind of dust that you can have an allergic reaction to. In this case, they are sadly not suitable as pets.

3. Can someone look after your birds if you go on vacation?

It’s best if relatives can look after your pets while you’re away. Or friends that have their own pets. If not, there are always pet sitting services. But these can be expensive.

4. Do you have enough money to look after your birds?

Your birds don’t just need food and toys. If your pets get ill, you’ll have to take them to the vet and they could need medication.

5. Does your whole family agree with the decision?

After all, your parents will be responsible for your pet. They have to agree. Even your siblings should get a say in getting a new family member.

• Parents’ Info

A pet can be a great experience for kids. Here are five reasons pets are good for children:

Children with pets ...

... learn about responsibility.
... develop confidence and empathy.
... are more active and get sick less often.
... are less stressed and suffer from less anxiety.
... feel less alone when their parents are at work.

Please don’t forget that parents are ultimately responsible for their children’s pets. Your child is allowed to help with feeding and cleaning but shouldn’t attempt these jobs alone until they’re at least 12 years old.

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