Many people who decide that they want to own a bird start immediately looking for bird breeders in their area so that they can adopt a young baby. While this is understandable, it is also important for potential new owners to remember that there are always plenty of older birds that are looking for homes as well, many times at far cheaper prices, and many times for reasons that no fault of their own. Take a few moments to look over the great reasons to adopt an older bird listed below. You may find that an adult bird has traits that would better fit with what you're looking for in a new pet.
Adopting an older bird can give an animal a new lease of life.
It may not have previously occurred to you, but choosing to adopt an older bird is choosing to give a bird a second chance at a good life. Many older birds find themselves looking for a home for reasons that are not their fault. In fact, most older birds become homeless due to owners who failed to do proper research on bird ownership before bringing the bird home. Others may have owners who passed away or otherwise became unable to care for them properly. A rescued bird doesn't necessarily have behavior problems -- it is important to consider this before ruling out the adoption of an older bird.
Older birds may already be trained.
If you're thinking of adopting a bird, then there's no question that you've also thought about how cool it would be to have a smart, trained bird that could do tricks to impress your friends. If you aspire to spend a lot of time learning to train and perform tricks with your bird, then an older bird may be the right bird for you. One one hand, a previously owned bird may already have a few tricks up their sleeve in terms of having trained with their old owners. On the other hand, it can be easier to work with older bird than it is with young, wild babies.
Consider the time commitment.
In case you aren't already aware, birds can live a very long time, with some species reaching 80+ years of age. This can be far too long for some bird owners to commit to caring for a pet, and that's understandable. If this is an issue for you or your family, then choosing to adopt an older bird can give you the best of both worlds -- bird ownership without the possibility of an unrealistic time commitment. As with any pet adoption, be sure to research the species of the bird that you're interested in to make sure that you will be able to care for it properly throughout its lifetime.
Older birds may already be talking.
If you have your heart set on adopting a talking bird, then you are really in luck -- there is only one way to guarantee that you will get a bird that talks, and that is to adopt an older bird that is already talking! Many bird rescues and shelters end up with birds that already have at least the beginnings of a vocabulary, so if you want a talking bird, take some time to visit these sorts of places and get to know the birds that they have for adoption. Most rescues will have staff of hand that are familiar with all the birds, and can help you figure out which ones talk as well as things that the birds know how to say.
Adopting an older bird lets you "skip" the adolescent phase.
Part of raising any baby, be it human or animal, involves having to go through the dreaded and dreary phases of adolescence. Many pet bird species, if not all, are prone to some form of acting up during their hormonal adolescent stages. If you decide to adopt an older bird, however, then you can avoid the treacherous "teenage" phase and start sharing your life with a mature, well-adjusted bird. This benefit alone is the reason that many novice bird owners choose to adopt adult birds from rescues and shelters.