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Hi,

I was wondering if I could release my birds into the wild in the summer? They are lovebirds and are about 7 years old. I want them to fell the happiness of being free. I was wondering how they would do in the wild if they were released? I live in Minnesota, where the averagme temperature is anout 60 F in the summer.

Answer
- Nope, sorry, can't happen.  Well, shouldn't.  They haven't been taught by their parents and the company of the flock what's necessary to survive.  They won't be happy, they'll be terrified.  They'll be easy prey for hawks, owls, all sorts of raptors in the trees and let's not even mention the predators on the ground.  

 They won't know what to eat and one mistake can kill them.  Slowly and painfully.

Do you know what provides sheer and true joy to a bird?  Being loved.  These are sentient birds (not like dogs or cats or robins or sparrows) - your birds know they exist and know 'self'.

They are listed on the short list of sentient animals, right under humans (which I often have doubts about) and apes; elephants, dolphins... then psittacines (like your birds)

 Would you throw a child out in the woods and wish them well, 'return to your mother nature and live in the forest (or a cave or the trees)'  

Then don't do that to your birds

 Find them a good home where they'll be valued family members and cherished for life.  


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Certified Avian Specialist; Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council member; Own animal rescue org; National Wildlife habitat #66378; bird care, nutrition & behavior consultant; International Assoc. of Animal Behavior Consultants Associate; National Wildlife Federation Leaders Club member; published bird care, info and behavior articles and guides. Ongoing education in exotic bird behavior and nutrition I can answer behavioral, nutritional, environmental, characteristic/personality questions as well as general health and health care. No animal emergency can ever be addressed on the internet. We cannot see your animal, perform an examination, provide necessary care or medication. Please value your companion for the priceless, living creature they are; not for what you might have paid for them.

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Certified Avian Specialist. For more than 30 years I've worked with veterinarians, protective facilities, nature centers, preserves and on my own in providing care and education with regard to multiple animal species, including raptors (hawks, kestrals, owls, etc) and marsupials. In recent years I've focused on parrots, usually rescued from abusive or less than ideal situations and helping educate owners as to proper care. Expert in behavior studies and modification of problem behavior.

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4AnimalCare is the organization I run as an animal ministry; World Wildlife Association, Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, National Wildlife Federation Leaders Club and more

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Bird Talk Magazine articles about rescued and problem macaws.

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Doctorate, Ordained Minister

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