How to Convince Your Parents to Get a Bird

Birds are amazing, beautiful creatures. As pretty as they are, they aren't the cheapest pets in the world. Or the most low-maintenance pets. You think you have what it takes to take care of a bird? Okay! ... Here's how to convince your parents to get one.


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    Convince yourself to get a bird. Recognize the heavy responsibility and make sure you're comfortable with it.
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    Do your homework. Do you think that you are ready for a bird and if so what type are you ready for? Do you want a large bird that can live up to 80 years or do you want a small bird that will fit your family lifestyle?
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    Prove to your parents that you are ready to get a bird. Try to get good grades in school. Do extra work around the house to get some extra money and show your parents that you can care for a bird.
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    Think if you have enough time to care for a bird and do you know someone that can take care of your bird if you go on vacation and do you have other pets that could hurt your bird if left alone for a long time?
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    Get together a presentation of what you have learned about the type of bird that you want. Show your parents and prove to them that you have learned about the bird you want and they might be impressed. First you should tell them to sit down and don't say anything until you're done because most of the time parents just hear something that they don't want to and they just say no without listening to the rest of what you have to say.
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    Make a contract with your parents outlining your responsibilities. Divide the contract into two sections, "I will" and "You will." In the "I will" section, describe all the things that you will take responsibility for, including what you'll do to take care of the bird and what you will have to pay for. In the "You will" section, write down what your parents will have to do and pay for. Think carefully when dividing up tasks, and write down only what is reasonable - for example, you shouldn't be expected to pay for any vet bills, but your parents won't want to have to feed the bird every day. Go over the contract with your parents and negotiate any modifications. When you all agree, sign it together and keep it somewhere safe so that you can refer back to it.
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    Don't ask for anything else. Don't get to a point where you are begging for one. Just ask for one and show you really are interested in one.
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    Show you know how to take care of one. Your parents sometimes think you don't know enough about them or how to care for them so read up!
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    If all else fails be creative, ask grandparents or make a bet with your parents. Being creative could be something like buying the cage and pretending to feed one, pretend to let it out, etc.


  • When buying a cage never get a round cage because birds feel insecure, and remember; bigger is always better.
  • Even if your parents say no then don't whine or say "that's not fair" show them that you are mature and they might reconsider your proposal.
  • Save your money and try to pay half of the expenses for the bird.
  • Watch the line between persistence and annoyance.
  • It is necessary to help with expenses to prove to your parents that you can handle a bird responsibly.
  • Smaller birds like parakeets will be less loud and cheaper. It may be easier to convince your parents to get them.
  • If you have a pet parakeet you will notice that they are very active. You will want to play with your parakeet at least an hour a day. Make sure the toy is suitable for your bird.


  • Remember what kind of lifestyle you have and see what kind of bird that might fit your life you don't want a large bird in a small apartment.
  • Don't buy a bird if you are house-proud or are one of those very clean, picky people, because literally every bird makes a huge mess of seeds all over the room (consider this before buying) and if left uncleaned can cause rat and mice infestations.
  • Different birds suit different lifestyles, Cockatoos, as well as many other (bigger) parrots will be very loud. All parrots need plenty of interaction and time to play with it; vet treatment will likely cost a lot so make sure you consider these before any purchase.
  • Some parrots can live up to 50 years. Large parrots, like macaws and cockatoos, can live up to 70 years in captivity. Do your research before you buy a bird, and be absolutely sure that you can take care of and love a pet bird for its entire life. Many birds are given away to zoos and shelters because their owners got tired of taking care of them. A pet bird relies on you for everything and irresponsibly buying a bird is cruel.
  • Lots of birds are loud and your neighbors might not like that so see if they could tolerate it before you get one.

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