Exotic birds make wonderful and fun pets for many pet lovers. Who would not want to own hyacinth macaws, toucans, cockatoos or conures? Birds make great company and are extremely good listeners. Birds are the perfect feathered buddy, but they are not as easy to find as pet cats and dogs. Moreover, exotic birds are not exactly cheap. They are expensive and hard to maintain. It takes a lot of commitment, patience and willpower to care for an exotic bird.

There are many ways to adopt an exotic bird for free, if you just know where to look. You can even adopt the more exotic ones, but it is important to educate yourself and get acquainted with birds, first. You should be able to devote your attention to your birds for two to three hours everyday. This includes daily cage cleaning and allowing your birds to interact with one another.

Once you have decided if you could sacrifice your time and energy for caring a bird, the next step is to know where you can get exotic birds.

The easiest way to find your exotic pet is by posting an ad in your local newspaper. Inform others that you are willing to adopt birds. Some people with pet birds who will be moving or with busy schedules may want to give their pets with someone who can devote the time to properly care for them. Your ad will get them informed that you are the person they are looking for.

Explore your local area. See if there are local bird rescue groups. If there are, join in and offer yourself to volunteer for them. Contact local humane shelters and let them know you are readily willing to adopt birds. Sometimes, the animal shelters will need your aid in caring the birds due to unsavory or unhealthy conditions.

Get the proper things for the exotic bird, which includes a cage, and a container to place the seeds. Birds can be messy, so clean their cages regularly. Yes, exotic birds can be a lot of hard work, but they are all well worth it.

Written by Amber Hobson