Road Trippin

Vacation, Beach, Relax, Travel, Sun, Sea

Florida is a beautiful country, graced with year-round sunny skies, ocean breezes, subtropical foliage, and abundant wildlife. This southernmost continental state offers a whole host of natural adventures on both land and water. There is certainly more to Florida than oranges and Walt Disney World, including luxurious Florida RV camping hotels and cute Florida campgrounds to make your road trip a great success.

The northwest corner of the Sunshine State is our first stop, where the Gulf of Mexico glistens, dolphins play, and sandy beaches prevail. The Gulf Islands National Seashore in Gulf Breeze stretches some 150 miles across the Gulf of Mexico’s coastline, from Pensacola, at Florida’s northwest edge, to Davis Bayou and the barrier islands in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. This national saltwater treasure is a kaleidoscope of turquoise water, glowing white sand dunes, seaside marshes, wooded nature trails, historic fortresses and archaeological sites which tell the long-ago stories of Native American inhabitants. Visitors are free to camp, hike, fish and swim on the gulf or Santa Rosa Sound. Birders who explore the Gulf Islands are rewarded with sightings of blue herons, ospreys, egrets and brown pelicans. Beach-goers also have been known to talk about the park’s sandy terrain with these”locals” as diamondback terrapins, armadillos and sea turtles.

Florida’s huge, outdoor playground is open for all seasons and so are many Florida campgrounds which makes this state a snowbird paradise.

The Emerald Coast Beaches in Navarre, Fort Walton, Destin, and Santa Rosa are shining examples of Northwest Florida’s gulf shore. These family-friendly recreation areas boast crystal-clear water, gentle surf, generous stretches of sugar-white sand and rolling dunes, complete with shorebirds and nesting sea turtles galore. Do not miss’em if you’re in the area.

Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna, the site of Florida’s only lighted tour cavern, is a Natural National Landmark. The highlight in this park is surely the ranger-guided tour of Florida Caverns and the explanations of its diverse calcite formations – stalagmites, stalactites, columns and brimstones. But don’t fret about the geological terminology, there won’t be a test afterwards. Of course, there are cave creatures to reckon with, such as several species of (gasp!) bats. However, the park also shelters some surprising species such as 200-pound alligators, snapping turtles, barred owls and beavers. The budding geologists on your team should enjoy the marine fossils embedded in the cave’s ceilings and walls that tell a fascinating tale of Florida Caverns’ ancient submerged beyond. When it is time to ascend to the park’s ground level, the selection of actions is delightfully well-rounded. Swimming, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding and canoeing are readily available. The scenery consists of atypical plant life such as orchids, flame azalea, columbine and various wildflowers, adding a dash of color to the excursion.

In north central Florida, travelers enter a world of winding rivers, cold, freshwater springs, and refreshing, green woods. The Ichetucknee River in Fort White is a popular place for tubing; a laid-back, solo alternative to whitewater rafting. Grab an inner tube, recline, and shove off into a leisurely current (about 1 mph). In Ichetucknee Springs, the crystal-clear river is fed with multiple springs that supply an awesome daily influx of 233 million gallons of water. And tubers can not help but”chill out” as the river registers a bracing, yearlong temperature of 72? F. Tubing excursions at Ichetucknee are almost effortless because there are shuttle buses between authorized launching and take-out points. In addition to the wonders of gliding past hardwood hammocks and cypress swamps, Ichetucknee Springs offers opportunities for swimming, canoeing, and snorkeling, plus underwater cavern dives for certified divers.

The highlight of Devil’s Millhopper State Geological Site in Gainesville is its enormous 120-foot deep sinkhole, created by the collapsed ceiling of a subterranean cavern.

Small streams tumble down the steep slopes of the sinkhole, disappearing through cracks in the bottom. Alas, the sinkhole’s contents, in the kind of seashells, sharks’ teeth, and fossilized animal relics, have contributed geologists invaluable clues to Florida’s natural history. Visitors are afforded views of the sinkhole from boardwalks, stairways, or from a nature trail on the top rim. The inside of Devil’s Millhopper features little streams rushing down its sheer walls and lush plant growth, like ferns and orchids, that resemble Appalachian mountain foliage.

Head east on your Florida journey, and you’ll be rewarded by a region that offers lovely Atlantic beaches, quiet salt marshes and scores of graceful shorebirds. Take Little Talbot and Big Talbot Islands in Fort George, for example, just 17 miles from Jacksonville via a series of bridges. As close as they are into the”big city,” those isles offer a refreshing sense of escape from civilization. Even better, they offer convenient oceanside parking for your RV and effortless boardwalk access to five miles of unspoiled Atlantic beaches. Besides researching sandy shores, flowering deserts, marshes, and maritime forests, Talbot’s visitors quickly take to such activities as swimming, shelling, saltwater fishing, boating, biking, or horseback riding. The Talbots shelter almost 200 species of birds and coastal critters; gopher tortoises, river otters, and occasional bobcats are but a few of these.

Anastasia State Recreation Area, a barrier island east of St. Augustine, is one of Florida’s finest and busiest coastal parks, so we urge when staying at a Florida campground nearby you make reservations beforehand. It offers all of the beach blanket basics – a sandy coastline, rolling waves, scenic dunes, a lagoon, tidal marshes and sea meadows. It also provides opportunities to swim, kayak, fish, or learn the graceful art of windsurfing. For people who simply want a little R&R, visit the designated picnic area shaded by ancient, and somewhat unusual, oak trees gradually bleached and twisted by the salty sea winds. Don’t overlook the wildflowers, nature paths, magnolia trees and interesting creatures to behold: red-shouldered hawks, swallowtail butterflies, sea turtles, screech owls and Anastasia’s own beach mouse – that make this place unique.

Heading south you’ll find Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville. It was established almost four decades ago through a cooperative effort between NASA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River to the west, this subtropical locale provides a pleasing mix of ancient oak hammocks, sandy dunes, salt marshes, mangroves, ocean shores and piney woods. Merritt and its immediate neighbors, Canaveral National Seashore and Kennedy Space Center, are positioned on the Atlantic Flyway. The refuge is a significant winter home not just for legions of migrating birds, but native sandpipers, ibises, and wood storks. For visitors who would prefer to catch their own dinner, shrimping, crabbing, clamming, freshwater or surf-fishing and/or controlled waterfowl hunting are allowed at Merritt Island.

Scores of endangered native and migratory birds call the area home. The island has since been named a National Historic Landmark, National Wilderness Area, and a Wetland of International Importance. Visitors who arrive by kayak, canoe, or boat tour visit jet-black anhingas and assorted kinds of herons, egrets, ibises and terns. The lucky people might catch a glimpse of any one of four types of sea turtles and endangered manatees, which sometimes linger at Pelican’s peaceful refuge. The 1903 introduction of the island’s protected status signaled the momentous start of the entire National Wildlife Refuge System.

When tourists proceed west to the heart of Florida, they enter a property of freshwater lakes, dense woodlands, and bubbling springs. Ocala National Forest is the southernmost national forest in the continental U.S. and the earliest such forest established east of the Mississippi River. This lively destination has much to offer, such as hundreds of sparkling lakes, springs and two important rivers – the Ocklawaha and the St. Johns – with each offering ample opportunities for swimming, boating and angling. Snorkeling enthusiasts surely can’t resist the transparent waters and incredible aquatic viewpoints in Ocala’s chilly springs, can they? Paddling on horseback trails, horseback riding, and hiking on Florida’s National Scenic Trail are also popular pastimes. After all, there is over 430,000 acres to cover, so you may want to leave yourself a little time to explore. When you do, you may happen upon black bears, bald eagles and other rare species rarely seen outside the borders of Ocala National Forest.

Paddling canoe trails, horseback riding, and hiking on Florida’s National Scenic Trail are also popular pastimes and many Florida RV camping hotels provide resort packages that include these activities and more with your stay in their campground.

The wooded terrain around Lake Kissimmee in Lake Wales was once the homeland of Native Americans that were attracted to the area because of its bounty of fish, plants and animals. Today’s travelers seem equally smitten, especially those who prefer to hike, ride horse, ship about or fish Florida’s third largest lake. Trophy bass are plentiful in its own waters. Keen observers spot whooping cranes, bobcats, fox squirrels, deer and wild turkeys along Lake Kissimmee’s shore.

Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park invites visitors to learn first-hand about Florida’s native creatures in a natural setting. The park’s centerpiece, Homosassa Springs, is a 45-foot deep, 72? F headspring pumping millions of gallons of water per hour to the scenic Homosassa River. The spring itself is home to over 30 species of fish. The adjacent wildlife park presents interactive animal displays, an indoor nursery for baby alligators and crocodiles, and special ranger programs designed to introduce participants to Florida’s population of reptiles, birds and manatees. Visitors can practically rub elbows with gentle manatees in the underwater observatory.

The Myakka River near Sarasota offers natural adventures on one of Florida’s finest”wild and scenic” waterways. And for guests who prefer a guided tour, Myakka’s splendor could be viewed from narrated tram and airboat tours.

Florida’s southwest region provides world-renowned shelling, island getaways and shining Gulf coast sunsets. J.N.”Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island is the most obvious example of enduring local conservation efforts. Founded in 1945, the 6,000-acre refuge was formally dedicated in 1978 to Jay Norwood”Ding” Darling, a political cartoonist and staunch environmentalist who fought to preserve Sanibel’s fragile ecosystem. Based on the season of arrival, refuge guests might see a colorful songbird, splashing otter or lounging crocodile. The informative, self-guided Wildlife Drive tour may be completed on foot, by bike or vehicle. Suggested stops are marked with wooden signs and volunteer interpreters are on hand to answer questions.

The Everglades National Park, North America’s only subtropical preserve, is a 1.5 million-acre”sea of grass” in the southern tip of mainland Florida. It is a place where Caribbean plants and animals coexist in a curious mixture of swamps filled with cypress and mangroves, saw grass prairies, pine and hardwood trees. One third of the park’s acreage is actually underwater, including Florida Bay which borders the park, much to the delight of canoeists. Drier park pursuits include biking; ranger-led trail walks or tram tours; and wildlife-watching for manatees, alligators, crocodiles, evasive Florida panthers, more than 300 varieties of birds, as well as the Everglades’ most prolific species, mosquitoes.

For the marine species that reside there, the park showcases and protects the only living coral reef in the continental United States. For all those smart enough to stop over, there are dazzling saltwater spectacles to behold – gliding rainbows of tropical fish, spiny lobsters, vibrant coral formations and bobbing loggerhead turtles. A high-speed, glass-bottom catamaran is the best way to see the sights (narrated, too). Otherwise, grab a snorkel and a few fins. Scuba dive or paddle a”spyak” (a customized kayak with a large, transparent viewing floor) for an even closer look.

Bahia Honda State Park, at Big Pine Key’s mile marker 37, is an eye-appealing island gem with sandy beaches, waving palms, and bright blue waters that ripple onshore from the Atlantic Ocean to Florida Bay. Besides boasting some of the Key’s best swimming, snorkeling and fishing beaches, Bahia Honda has rolling dunescapes, mangrove forests and tropical hardwood hammocks.

Florida

Panorama, Miami, Florida, Water, Usa

Florida is a low peninsula state of the southeast United States between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida was admitted as the 27th state in 1845. It was one of the Confederate states during the Civil War.

FL is the abbreviation of Florida.

The nickname of the state of Florida is the “sunshine state”. Juan Ponce de León discovered and settled on the peninsula on Easter Sunday, March 27, 1513, which is called Pascua Florida in Spanish. ‘Florida’ is a Spanish adjective that means flowery.

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The orange blossom country, Florida is home of Walt Disney World, an amusement park near Orlando, and several other theme parks. The Walt Disney World Resort with four theme parks, numerous water parks, exquisite florida hotels, shopping facilities are important tourist attractions of the state.

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The state is also home to the Kennedy Space Center. St. Augustine, situated on the shore of Northern Florida, is the oldest town in the United States, settled in the sixteenth century by Spain.

Destin, Jacksonville, Key West, Miami, Naples, Tampa, Saint Petersburg, Hialeah, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Tallahassee, Pembroke Pines and Hollywood would be the jewel cities of Florida.

Destin is commonly called’The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village’. Jacksonville or J-Ville is dubbed as “Where Florida Begins”. Key West is known as the Southernmost City. Miami is nicknamed as the”Magic City”. Orlando is widely known as”The Imaginary City”. Tallahassee is popularly dubbed as”Tally-Ho” or”The Hill” and Tampa is known as”The Cigar City”.

Florida Wildlife

Leopard, Black Panther, Zoo, Feline

Lots of folks that come to Florida for the wildlife likely come for one creature alone: a talking mouse. While this talking mouse is a fun attraction, and very articulate for a rodent, Florida is also filled with a number of other kinds of equally-appealing species. These beasts may not have been invented by the genius of Disney, but the monsters of Florida definitely allow Mother Nature to provide ol’ Walt a run for his money.

The cause of this is straightforward: in Florida, alligators are everywhere. This may not seem exciting to the men and women who live there: the alligators might be seen as nothing but pests that swim in ponds, walk slowly across streets, and sometimes eat a neighbor’s cat. However, for people visiting from areas that don’t have alligators, they can be exciting. There is nothing quite like watching an alligator, taking a photo of him, and saying how you loved his job in”Crocodile Dundee.”

Dolphins: Dolphins are very popular creatures in our culture. Not only are they exceptionally intelligent, with recent researchers in Australia detecting that some dolphins teach their kids how to use resources, but there are numerous tales of dolphins protecting individuals from danger. 1 recent story states that many Dolphins in New Zealand swam around a bunch of stranded swimmers, protecting them by a Great White Shark. The face of a dolphin, apparently always grinning, only further perpetuates our love for them. Dolphins are also one of the only mammals which, like individuals, mate for reasons besides reproduction. See, I told you they were smart.

Manatees: Manatees are aquatic mammals, occasionally called sea cows. “Beast” may be a fitting way to describe the physical characteristics of the monster – they can weigh between 500 and 1000 kgs – but it is not a fitting way to describe their demeanor: manatees are peaceful herbivores that spend their day grazing and surfacing for air. Because of their peaceful nature, or their overpowering size, manatees don’t have any known predators. However, human growth has resulted in a harsh decline of the species. This angered many wildlife conservationists who believe manatees should remain listed as an Endangered Species on state and national levels. Presently, there are considered to be between 2000 and 3000 manatees in Florida.

The Florida Panther: The Florida Panther is a subspecies of Puma that’s, regrettably, highly endangered. But, this might be just for the time beingwhat once was a booming population is now down to less than 70 breeding panthers, a number which makes up a dismal 5 percent of what the Florida Panther inhabitants once was. The main reason for their demise falls upon human growth, automobile accidents, and murdering each other, in a struggle over limited territory. These kinds of panthers differ from other types because they have a broader skull, longer legs, and a crook near the end of the tail, a trait that may have resulted from inbreeding the species in an effort to expand the population. Management of the Florida Panther has been a subject full of controversy as people have contended the ideal route of conservation. On the bright side, the last few years have seen the Florida Panther population almost triple.

The wildlife of Florida could be harmful – fulfilling an alligator or a panther in a darkened alley may be an issue for some – but keeping your space and respecting Mother Nature helps to give you security. Particularly for people who reside in landlocked areas, there’s nothing quite like the wildlife of Florida.

Humble Origins

Tartlet, Pie, Key Lime Pie, Meringue

Key West Florida is known for two things: the Ernest Hemingway home (with its 6 toed cats) and Key lime pie, named after limes which increase in the Florida keys. Key limes are smaller, more sour and salty than the common limes we purchase yearlong in grocery shops and grown abundantly in different areas of Florida and California. Key lime juice, unlike ordinary lime juice, is light yellow, which, together with the egg yolk, produces the filling’s pale shade.

Appearing in the early 20th century the specific origins are unknown, but the earliest recorded mention of Key lime pie might have been produced by William Curry, a boat salvager and Key West’s first millionaire. Supposedly his cook,”Aunt Sally”, made the dish to get him. It appears his crews of sponge fishermen at sea didn’t have access to ovens but the first version allowed the creamy pie to be ready without baking. Early writings say that Aunt Sally’s variation called for a graham cracker crust and gently whipped cream.

Many cooks and bakers in Florida assert their recipe is the sole authentic version. Key limes (also known as Mexican or West Indian limes) are the most frequent lime found across the world; the U.S. is the exclusion in preferring the larger Persian lime.

Both controversial versions center around crust and topping. Early pies probably did not even have a crust, but sailors vacillate between traditional pie crust and graham cracker. And then there’s the topping. (Apparently these people have a whole lot of time on their hands) Contrary to popular belief, what makes the filling creamy isn’t cream whatsoever but sweetened condensed milk that’s thicker than evaporated milk and comes in a can, initially introduced by the Borden Dairy firm in the late 1800s. It is possible that when the sponge divers had anything to do with the dish, they really had lots of canned eggs, milk and Key limes on board (and a good deal of sponges for cleanup ).

Although grown for centuries in Asian and South America, they did not make an appearance in the U.S. before the late 1800s. (How he would have loved these pies!)

If you go to Key West, pie factories and bakeries abound, and you can literally eat your way from one end to another, reveling in the various offerings and deciding for yourself which you like best. Additionally, there are stores which sell dozens of products improved with Key lime, like moisturizers, potpourri, candles, soaps, candies and biscuits. Unfortunately for much of America, procuring authentic important limes isn’t always simple, and using regular limes simply won’t do. Oh sure, you can purchase bottled juice that the locals would frown on, but for some it is much better than nothing.

Beginning in 2013, the yearly Key Lime Festival is held over the July 4th weekend for a celebration of their favourite citrus not just as pie but in different foods, beverages, and a valuable portion of their. Certainly these aficionados take their pie quite seriously and expect no less from anyone else. And incidentally, don’t even consider using frozen topping. The whipped cream authorities will find you and have you arrested.

Converting to Craft

Craft Beer, Ale, Brewery, Micro Brewer

While wine pairings used to be all the rage, now even the classiest restaurants provide up fine craft brews with pairing ideas and options. Drinking the brew of your choice is no longer limited to a case on the back porch but is an activity you can enjoy out on the town at pubs, restaurants, and even movie theaters. However, enjoying a quality brewed beverage is an acquired taste and not everybody instantly adores the taste. For this reason, many new breweries are trying out new styles of beer that may tickle the fancy of even the stubbornest palettes. Here are just three craft beers for non beer drinkers to try.

If you know nothing and are looking for an easy to drink brew, picking out a lighter colored variety can usually work. The lighter the colour the less intense the flavor is- usually. This is a fairly easy and simple rule of thumb to use if you’re reluctant to stronger flavors and thicker textures.

Styles
Much like learning about coloration, selecting styles which are generally easier to accept on a beginner’s palette is a useful skill to know. Hefeweizen, a german style, offer a clean citrus forward taste with a smooth creaminess that is refreshing and usually perfect for hot days. Other German or Belgian style brews are alike and will offer and simpler experience for newcomers.

It appears that the more experienced drinkers enjoy exploring flavor profiles that are powerful in hops and malty-ness. These are inclined to include amber or brown ales, India pale ales, and the strongest in bitterness and hoppiness being double IPAs.

What do you need to attempt as a non-beer drinker?

Hefeweizens – As mentioned before, the refreshing flavor that accompanies most Hefeweizen beers makes it very appealing for the non-beer drinker. This style is available almost everywhere in local breweries and domestic craft brew firms with some brands even purchased by the big three national beer vendors. Due to their popularity and easy drinkability, whenever these beers were made by artisan crafters they were immediately purchased for mainstream distribution and marketing.
Sour beers – Sour beers have begin to gain in popularity due to their distinctive flavors and capability to convert the non-brew drinker over. Sours are brewed to have intentionally tart and sour flavors with elevated acidity. They come in many different sub-styles and unique combinations of tastes so simply trying one won’t do this production justice. Perfect as a dessert beverage or during a cold season in front of the fire, these tend to have flavors of coffee, chocolate, and a smooth creamy malty-ness that many appreciate.
Use this manual and these three recommendations that the next time you are attempting to convert a non-beer drinker over to the light.

Alpacas

Alpaca, Animal, Creature, Fur, Red Brown

When we purchased our first small herd of Alpacas, the owner impressed us by knowing each of the creature’s names. But to us, each one seemed the same, although with closer inspection some were taller, some were smaller, and some had identifying marks. It took us a couple weeks, but eventually we could name every one of our Alpacas.

Whether you plan to be an Alpaca Breeder, keep them as pets, or guard animals, getting to know every one of your Alpacas is vitally important. They are herd animals and with the herd instinct will mask in others (and therefore from you), when they don’t feel well or when they are in pain. To have a close relationship with your Alpacas you need to spend some time with them on a daily basis.

With daily observation you will have the ability to assess stress levels of each animal, gain insight into the herd’s hierarchical structure (who’s the leader?) And track every animal’s general health. You’ll have the ability to ascertain who over feeds, who under feeds, who is gentle and who is bullying others. It is important that you understand the behavioural patterns of each animal if you’re to have the ability to determine when they’re not feeling on top of the world.

Alpacas communicate through body posturing of ear, tail, head and neck, and in addition, they vocalise. Getting to know some of these communication methods, will assist with your understanding of your Alpacas.

The Alert Stance – The Alpaca will stand using a rigid erect body and rotate its ears forward in the direction it’s staring. It signals a fascination about a change happening in the immediate surroundings. It could be a person walking in another area, sight of a cat or dog, the birth of someone odd to them, or sometimes even a bird which has landed in their grazing area. Frequently, each Alpaca will turn and face the same way and adopt the same pose. It could result in whole members of the herd moving forward in unison to investigate or chase off the intruder. Alpacas have very keen eyesight and will often see creatures that are well concealed long before people are aware of another presence near a herd. If the Alpaca interprets there’s not any danger then the whole herd will just walk off. If they perceive it to be a threat, it might lead to an Alarm Call, or rapid flight of the whole herd.

The Alarm Phone – This is a high-pitched shrill sound that’s often first given by the leader of the group, and then others will follow suit. There is slight difference in sound between a Suri and an Huacaya. Alpacas which are new to your farm are prone to Alarm Call in the sight of the cat, the dog, the hens, and just a paper bag blowing in the wind. In fact they will Alarm Call any time they see anything they haven’t experienced before. As a responsible owner, it’s vital that you try to find the source of the concern. Remember they have brilliant eyesight, but if you look in exactly the exact same direction they are looking, then you may discover the reason for their call.

But becoming familiar with these two behavioural patterns will help you understand some of your Alpacas’ behavior.

Caring for a Teacup pig

Owning a teacup pig is now a excellent craze nowadays; not only are these pigs really cute but they are also very intelligent and loyal. Pigs can be trained to do tricks and even to guard a house. These pigs are also referred to as thimble pigs, micropigs or miniature pigs. They weigh an average of 9 oz at birth and can fit into a teacup then, hence their name. However, they tend to weigh 65 lbs or so when they are full grown, which is much less than what a normal farm pig would weigh in adulthood.
These pigs rarely live beyond 15 years, although lots of them die after 5 years. Some breeders are able to give teacup pigs that live longer than others. Make certain to find out how old the parents of the pig were when it was born. If the parents were fully mature then you can make certain your pet won’t grow to gigantic proportions.
If you decide to buy a teacup pig then you need to first find out precisely what ownership will entail. This will let you take very good care of your pet.

  1. Make sure your pet’s diet is made up of lots of fresh produce and that it always has a bowl of fresh water to drink from. If you live in a very warm or humid place then you need to also keep a small pool of water useful in which your pet can take a dip from time to time. Deficiency of water from the pig’s diet can also lead to urinary tract infections. Do not allow your pig to over eat because this may result in health problems.
  2. Take your pet to the veterinarian for regular checkups. This will ensure that it lives as long as possible.
    You will really enjoy your miniature pig as long as you select it with a great deal of care and set a bit of work into house training it. Thankfully, pigs are as easy to train as puppies as they are incredibly intelligent. Additionally, they are extremely clean and don’t have a bad odor. Interestingly, pigs simply hate eating food where they have urinated or defecated; this makes it quite easy to train them to go about their business away from the home or in a litter box.

Parrots as pets

Ara, Parrot, Animal World, Yellow Macaw

I am sure you have all heard the saying -‘Parrots have more character than a goldfish’- and while this is extremely true, there are some home truths to be understood about parrots before dashing out to buy one as a pet.
Parrots are amazing animals, because, like a dog, they have the ability to be a very close companion for you. But it is far easier to train a puppy initially than a parrot. Parrots are sensitive creatures that have to be looked after and nurtured, and the more love and attention which they’re given, the more their individual personalities will shine out.
You would do well to keep in mind that a parrot is in fact a wild animal that’s intended to be living out in the wild. Therefore they can be dangerous at times and also temperamental. Even though it is not feasible to send a bird that’s been domesticated back into the wild to fend for itself, you’ll need to be certain that your bird is given plenty of attention and kept stimulated to avoid it becoming stressed and bored, which can result in it pulling out its feathers. Parrots have very sharp beaks that could cause some serious damage if one is not careful. For this reason they need specialised training and handling initially, so that they can be taught not to bite or attack.
If you are looking for a parrot for a family pet, you might need to switch to a dog for this, because most parrots only bond with one person and tend to be aggressive or simply ignore other members of the family. They can also get quite possessive over the person that they have selected to bond with.
An Amazon parrot is most likely among the most competitive, and would make the least suitable family pet. If it’s a family bird you’re after, rather go for a budgie or a cockatiel.
Should you not like a sound, then a parrot isn’t for you. Parrots tend to be quite vocal and this can irritate some people. This is another thing you will have to train out of them and it can be done with patience, but they will still be very noisy at certain times of the day, even once they’re trained. Be sure you keep your bird out of the wind as birds despise draughts.
A well trained and cared for parrot may be a superb addition to your house and your life, and they can give you years and years of pleasure, as they have a long life span.
Those are the principal things, and hopefully this article can help you decide for yourself whether or not a parrot is going to be a fantastic choice of pet for you.