This video is from a year ago, but I had to post it. So many people seem to think that animals are disposable, especially birds.
[YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YtfpWBqp6s[/YOUTUBE] Many people are surprised that these parrots require nearly as much attention as a small child. I am not saying this does not happen with other animals, however people seem to think they are more disposable since they are "birds". They are a great responsibility, but can bring so much joy.
I don't necessarily believe parrots staying in a cage for a few hours is going to lead them to plucking like that..but parrots should be out most of the day. As she mentioned they aren't our pets but "companions" for life.