birds are loud. they never shut up unless they want to and can be heard through the whole house.
birds are mean. they have tempers. they are too clever to be obedient because you told them to be. they bite. even when theyre playing they bite. it hurts.
birds live a long time. theyre expensive. bird food is expensive. bird toys are expensive. cages are expensive. vet bills are expensive. theyre smelly. theyre messy.
birds are not domestic. they are unlike any animal we keep around as pets. theyre frustrating and have a will of their own.
if you still want to get a bird, do research. go get experience handling birds, go to a shelter or a friend or a pet store if you have to. know what kind of bird you want. know what they need. what kind of temperament they have. how to read their body language. visit bird blogs (they will tell you how hard it is) @flock-talk@poifish-animals@wordsonbirds
if you feel like youre ready for a bird, DONT buy from a pet store. dont support breeding. give your home to a bird that needs one, not one that is bred for one. adopt if you can. if you must, look through craigslist. make sure you are willing to put down a lot of money for the bird. you not only need to get the bird but you need to buy the best cage you can and the best food you can and give it the best environment you can. dont you dare skimp out on your bird’s life.
a bird is a very big responsibility. theyre loud, clever, mean, smelly, messy, and expensive. they arent pretty little living decorations you can just keep locked up in a cage and take care of when you want to. theyre living creatures with needs that wont be convenient for you.
Just a friendly reminder that as a whole dogblr does not support backyard breeders and people who breed just because they’ve got two dogs and want puppies.
Responsible, reputable breeders have mentors for years who teach them the ropes. They complete important health testing, which ensures that the parents are healthy enough to be bred and deliver a litter, as well as make sure the puppies will be free of genetic diseases and will be structuraly sound. They title the parents to prove that these are two dogs who will produce amazing dogs, who were worth being bred. Good breeders breed with a goal in mind for what they want out of the litter - A temperament, a drive, a something instead of just puppies. Good breeders don’t just throw two dogs together because they can.
I know with the reptile breeding season starting, a lot of people get really interested in hatching out their own cute little baby reptiles! There are plenty of reasons to breed your reptiles, but I think a lot of prospective breeders don’t take the time to consider the possibilities for problems that arise from breeding. This is mainly for animals that have large pet populations - ball pythons, leopard geckos, bearded dragons, crested geckos, etc., but can apply to many other species as well. Here are a few reasons why you should reconsider breeding your pets.
1. Breeding takes a toll. It’s important to be well versed on reptile body condition, general health, proper breeding weights, and ages before pairing up your reptiles. Pair them too early, and the potential for breeding related complications drastically increases. Egg binding, calcium crashes, death of the mother, failure to regain weight, poor calcification of the eggs, and hatchlings that fail to thrive can all be issues that pop up from breeding unhealthy or unfit animals. Are you prepared to deal with these issues, both emotionally and financially? Are your animals healthy enough to deal with the strain on their bodies?
2. Are your reptiles “breeder quality”? A lot of people want to breed their reptiles to see the cute babies they produce! This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s important to keep in mind that if your animals aren’t prime examples of their morph (or if you don’t know the morph or genetic history of the animal) they shouldn’t be bred. One of the reasons is…
3. The market is flooded with “pet quality” and unhealthy animals looking for homes. Do you really want to contribute to overproduced populations of animals seeking homes? If you aren’t able to sell your animals you have to be prepared to house however many you produce for the entirety of their lives. Is it ethical for you to be breeding pet quality animals?
4. Breeding is inherently expensive and you are unlikely to make a profit, even if you’re breeding top quality animals. You’ve got to buy incubators, thermostats, hatchling racks, breeder quality animals, feeders for those animals, cleaning supplies, husbandry supplies, etc! That’s just scratching the surface of the things you need before you begin breeding!
5. Always keep in mind the reason you want to breed your reptiles. If your reason is “because I want to” with no real goal in mind, you probably aren’t ready to breed them.
((this post isn’t directed at anyone in particular, it’s just something I see happen every year when the breeding season begins!))
interesting thing i’ve been thinking about: why do some memes last longer than others? i think that the main factors involved are versatility, creativity, and ease of creation.
for example, the “spongebob mocking” meme is super versatile because you can insert any pop culture reference of one person disregarding/mocking something that someone else says. it’s also very easy to create—you just type out the quote in two different ways, then insert the spongebob image under it. however, it’s not a particularly creative meme (at least not in my opinion). so maybe that’s why i haven’t seen it around recently.
my second example is the “increasingly verbose” meme. i think this meme is incredibly creative. it’s very hard to describe why it’s so funny. it’s also quite versatile—you can pick any character/person, and a quote from them. but unfortunately, it seems to have dropped out of fashion pretty quickly. i think this is because it’s not an easy meme to create. for one thing, you have to draw multiple low-quality iterations of a picture. you also have to think up and create the increasingly verbose text.
similarly, the “lik the bred” meme is both creative and versatile (it can be applied to many pictures of animals, and numerous other scenarios), but it isn’t easy to create. you have to write an eight-line poem with the correct meter and rhyme scheme, which isn’t a very easy task. “lik the bred” is more popular than “increasingly verbose,” but unfortunately i’ve still seen its numbers dwindle. (this is my favorite meme so i’m sad)
a meme that is creative and easy to create but not versatile is the “cask of amontillado” meme. it’s not hard to create because literally anything referencing the short story in a humorous way constitutes an example of the meme. however, it’s not very versatile, as the meme only really applies to one short story. and that’s why the meme is virtually nonexistent today.
two examples of memes that meet my three criteria are the “me an intellectual” meme, and the “x? in my y? it’s more likely than you think” meme. both of these memes are from a while ago, yet we still see examples of them today. i bet i could look through @memedocumentation’s list of 2015 memes, and the ones that are still in use today would often be the ones that meet my criteria.
…anyway, that was a lot longer than i expected it to be, but i hope some people find it interesting!