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Loss Of A Pet Bird: Time for a New Pet Bird?

After the loss of a pet bird, when is it time to get a new bird?

By Nikki Moustaki

After your pet bird passes on, when is it time for a new pet? According to Burkett, from a medical standpoint, it’s not time for a new bird until you know what the contagion was that killed the bird.

“Most times, an area can be cleaned and disinfected safely, making the environment suitable for another bird within a week or two,” he said. “Optimally, I recommend waiting 30 days.”

Moira Allen, author of “Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet” and editor of The Pet Loss Support Page at, said that the general feeling in any pet loss situation is that immediately buying a new pet is probably the wrong thing to do.

“Most commonly, the reason one does this is to attempt to avoid the grieving process by ‘replacing’ the pet, but it doesn’t work,” she said. “Instead, you’re only going to feel resentment toward the newcomer because it’s not the pet you lost. You will be constantly comparing the new pet to the old, and finding it lacking, making it all the more difficult to build a new relationship.”

She added that some people have found it helpful to acquire a new pet relatively quickly, but that it shouldn’t be done to “make the pain go away.” “Buying a new bird as a pain remedy simply will not work,” said Allen. “Many people think that you should find a bird or pet that is in some way different from the one you had — a different gender, a different color, and so on. If you have always preferred a particular type of bird, then don’t try to choose something different just because you think you should. Instead, allow the relationship to choose you.”

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