Are these made from pollyester? Potty parrots help owners with their daily chores including hanging out the washing
But parrots Bosun and Archie have a different attitude and like nothing more than helping out with the cleaning and gardening.
The birds particularly enjoy using their beaks to put clothes on the washing line to dry, according to owners Sharon and Reg Hill from Brixham, Devon.
Sharon, 47, said: 'They are both very nosy and need a lot of mental stimulation.
'When we’re at home they roam freely through the house. They just love to get involved.'
The birds take part in chores ranging from loading the washing machine to vacuuming the floors.
'When I’m doing the washing they perch on the washing machine door as I’m putting the sheets in,' Sharon said. 'They hold the washing powder container.
'They even grab the clothes pegs in their beaks when I’m hanging out the washing.
'They’re amazing - very intelligent. It’s like having young children around the house.
'But for them we’re just part of their flock - they’re being sociable.'
The parrots even join their owners on shopping trips and help out at the couple's allotment.
'Given half a chance, they will be up in the fruit trees or helping themselves to a few raspberries.'
Run entirely by volunteers, the charity takes in about 1,000 birds a year, and Sharon has been so successful in promoting its work that nine parrots are living with her neighbours.
This means they can become depressed, and there have even been cases of birds being given Prozac to help them overcome their loss.
'African greys, particularly, can end up on Prozac.'
'They can come in bald and self-mutilated from being kept in too small a cage,' she added.
'We are seeking new members who are willing to help by becoming safehouses, or possibly permanent foster homes for rescued birds.'
'As people increasingly find themselves short of money, more birds are being handed in to us.