How to get rid of an wanted parrot

Sometimes life takes unexpected turns that leave you unable to keep up with a parrot’s needs. Maybe you simply bought a parrot on impulse and have since realized that you don’t have the patience or resources to keep the animal. What ever the case may be, you have several good options available to you but first I’d like to tell you what not to do:

Do not release a captive parrot into the wild! It will most likely die and though this may sound harsh, it can be even worse if it survives. Captive parrots that have been released into the wild can meet up with others, mate, and become invasive species. They can potentially spread foreign diseases to local birds and even take over prime nesting spots in local ecosystems.

Quaker parrots, also called monk parakeets, are among the only parrots that build nests. Their nests are huge and enable them to live in a wide variety of climates. Parrots that were released into the wild have grown in numbers throughout the  have caused thousands of dollars of damage to power companies by building nests on power lines. As a result, thousands of birds have been trapped and killed.

It’s sad that power companies have resorted to this sort of behavior but as pet owners we all need to realize that the problem started because of us and that we are the ones with the power to prevent this sort of thing from happening in the future.