Bird adoption, sanctuary, rescue, and care education services for parrots and other captive exotic 'pet' birds. Based in Minneapolis - St. Paul (Twin Cities) area of Minnesota and serving Midwest.



P.O. Box 821 · Stillwater, MN  55082  

Phone: (651) 275-0568 · Fax: (651) 275-0457  


  Captive Bird Rescue, Adoption, Sanctuary & Care Education Resources 


Photo Copyright 1999-2004 MAARS

Ten Commandments of Parrot Ownership…From a Parrot's Point of View!

by Jane Hallander, reprinted with the permission of Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary

1) My life is likely to last 10 or more years. Any separation from you will be painful to me. Remember that before you take me home.

2) Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3) Place your trust in me — it's crucial to my well-being.

4) Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your entertainment, and your friends. I have only you.

5) Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when it's speaking to me.

6) Be aware that however you treat me, I'll never forget it.

7) Remember before you hit me that I have a beak that could easily crush the bones of your hand, but that I choose not to bite you.

8) Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, or I've been in the cage too long.

9) Take care of me when I get old; you too will get old.

10) Go with me on the last journey. Never say "I can't bear to watch it," or "Let it happen in my absence." Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, I love you.


Copyright © 1999 by Jane Hallander.

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