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Old 12-29-2012, 09:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any fellow bird owners here?

New member here. I have dobermans and some beautiful birds. Anyone else?
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a 3 year old blue Quaker Parrot- "Darwin".

I plan on getting a Galah Cockatoo in the next year or two (fingers crossed!)
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I have a 21 year old Senegal Parrot named Paigliocco. I never want another bird. A well-learned case of "Do your homework before you get a pet!".
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I have a 21 year old Senegal Parrot named Paigliocco. I never want another bird. A well-learned case of "Do your homework before you get a pet!".
I have met a Senegal or two. They can be very loving, but weary of strangers.

Why won't you get another bird?
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I have met a Senegal or two. They can be very loving, but weary of strangers.

Why won't you get another bird?
Because birds are a lot more work than I thought possible. I had always wanted a bird, but after we got him, I discovered I wasn't really a "bird person", after all.

I wouldn't say that Paigliocco is leary of strangers. I'd say that he's not tame, and doesn't much like anyone.
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I raised cockatiels but really got busy in the last year I gave 4 of our birds to a sweet bird lady who loves them. I now have 3 left Alex is 20 years old,Smokey is a grey he is sassy, and Nikki she is all white and loves my husband. They love cheerios,peas,corn.I feed the the Harrison Diet its pellets. I trim wings and nails every month if needed. My doberman doesn't like them so I have them seperated by a babygate. She hangs her head over the gate and barks if they ring their bell LOL! They sing and talk also. I keep the radio on for them.
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Darwin @ 6 or 7 months old... yes it is a real tree. He is a dope and probably wouldn't fly away- plus he has his wings clipped and he doesn't go outside much anymore
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I live with Simi, a whiteface pearl Cockatiel who I took over hand feeding at 3weeks.
She's my sweet cuddle monster. She even showers with me very day.

When Liam, the Dobe, came to us, he was taught early that Simi is to be respected. I never leave them unattended, obviously, but he's pretty good around her.

Simi eats Harrison's pellets, 1tsp of seed mix/day, & fresh organic fruits, veggies, pasta, popcorn, etc.

Birds are definitely a LOT of work. But I'll always have at least one. I've had birds since my 8th bday - all I wanted was a little parrot. I was given a Latino budgie who never did hand tame.
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I have three parrots. Two Red Fronted macaws who are 14 and 11 and my African Grey who is 13. I don't believe parrots make good pets. They can be very loud, aggressive and super messy. They also don't like to be alone, are never alone in the wild and because they are wild animals they really shouldn't be kept in our homes. I came to this conclusion after years of parrot keeping and fostering. That being said, I love my parrots, the red fronts have each other, no breeding boxes and the grey girl has us. I recommend adopting and yes you can have a wonderful close relationship with a parrot you don't get as a baby. My grey girl was over a year when I got her, she was a foster who stayed. She was given up the story goes because she was a biter and a screamer. She has never bitten any of us here. She is cuddly and very, very sweet. She can scream but probably wouldn't if she was an only bird, she mimics the red fronts.

I think Budgies make wonderful little pets and they can talk up a storm, also tiels are nice but larger parrots are such a huge responsibility as you must provide them with things to chew, things to play with, toys to interest them, keep them exercised, engaged and let's not forget the clean up! LOL If I had it to do all over again I would not have parrots. I feel guilty because I work and they are highly intelligent animals, much more so than dogs, they don't just mimic they learn our language and can use it appropriately. Put something that knows all the names of family members and dogs in a cage all day. I also don't believe in clipping them either but then that's me.

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I used to have Elvis a cockatiel. I don't know how old he was when I got him, I was his 4th home, but I had him for 10 years. He was hand shy so didn't come out very often but he loved to sing and dance and was always annoyed if you interrupted him and if you stopped haha I still miss him.
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I agree that parrots and birds in general are not for everyone.

And not all species are for everyone.

I feel the two species I like/have are perfect for my lifestyle.
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I have a Blue Fronted Amazon parrot. She will be 27 years old next year. I rescued her from a lady who was afraid of her. She had plucked her breast almost featherless but soon recovered once with me. I love her but she can be very loud which irritates my husband. She is ALWAYS where we are in the house.
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I looked into birds for a bit. Decided they were too high maintenance for my life right now. I might consider them again once the kids are grown.


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I have three parrots. Two Red Fronted macaws who are 14 and 11 and my African Grey who is 13. I don't believe parrots make good pets. They can be very loud, aggressive and super messy. They also don't like to be alone, are never alone in the wild and because they are wild animals they really shouldn't be kept in our homes. I came to this conclusion after years of parrot keeping and fostering. That being said, I love my parrots, the red fronts have each other, no breeding boxes and the grey girl has us. I recommend adopting and yes you can have a wonderful close relationship with a parrot you don't get as a baby. My grey girl was over a year when I got her, she was a foster who stayed. She was given up the story goes because she was a biter and a screamer. She has never bitten any of us here. She is cuddly and very, very sweet. She can scream but probably wouldn't if she was an only bird, she mimics the red fronts.

I think Budgies make wonderful little pets and they can talk up a storm, also tiels are nice but larger parrots are such a huge responsibility as you must provide them with things to chew, things to play with, toys to interest them, keep them exercised, engaged and let's not forget the clean up! LOL If I had it to do all over again I would not have parrots. I feel guilty because I work and they are highly intelligent animals, much more so than dogs, they don't just mimic they learn our language and can use it appropriately. Put something that knows all the names of family members and dogs in a cage all day. I also don't believe in clipping them either but then that's me.

Zuni and Poppy in the same outdoor cage after Poppy was here for about 4 months.
Excellent post. Something else that many people either don't realize or refuse to believe is that our feathered friends have longevity, big time! An African Grey will easily live to be 60-80 years old or older, same with Macaws, Cockatoos and Amazons. Smaller birds such as Conures, Pionus, Senegals, etc. can easily live to be 40-50 years. More often than not the caretaker dies and the family doesn't want to deal with the bird, and it ends up in rescue, or passed from home to home and will often develop behavior issues or ocd behaviors.

They are loud, messy, often temperamental, difficult, needy, expensive and forever +. One definitely needs to make arrangements for the long term care of their birds, when the time comes that you can no longer care for them, or you pass away.

Most regular vets simply are not educated or equipped to handle birds, thus a board certified Avian Specialist is necessary..... and believe me they are expensive!

I have had birds literally all of my life, but I never, ever recommend a bird as a pet for anyone. They do not make good pets, they require specialized care, they require a large amount of interaction, they will out live you. Common, every day things can kill them in an instant; non-stick cookware, a new oven, new furniture, new carpet, new linoleum, candles, fireplaces, anything airborne such as perfume, hairspray, furniture polish, cat saliva, dog saliva, avocado seed, apple seeds, and the list goes on and on. It is also difficult to find a place or person to board them with, and they don't do well left alone, or even with somebody coming in once or twice a day to feed them.

Whenever we are going to be gone, we take Sara to a friend who runs a parrot rescue, 4 hours away for boarding. We have no bird savvy family or friends nearby that can adequately care for Sara while we are away. So, I pack her up and do the drive.

IMO, non bird owners should think twice before becoming bird owners, and if you really think you want to dedicate your life to a companion parrot, please volunteer at a local rescue first. This will show you first hand what parrot ownership is all about.
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Yes, yes and yes! Great post. I forgot the longevity...what happens to them? In my case one of my sons and his wife are willing to take Miss Noodle but what of the Red Fronts? They are tame with me but no one else and they are a pair so must be handled carefully as Zuni can be quite possessive and aggressive about his girl. I don't know and don't have an answer at this point and it is a problem as I slide into my mid 50's. As far as vet care, I forgot about about that also. I drive 2 hours to an avian specialist and nothing with parrots is inexpensive, everything requires a blood draw and cultures. I agree with spending time at rescue with parrots. I also don't think people are prepared for the squawking, I wasn't, I thought my red front won't do that because I'll offer him everything he needs...ummm no not true and I think I am a parrot savvy person who has a knack with them. Mine Red Fronted Macaw knows hundreds of words and phrases, he also screams. *shrug* Even so certainly species are much more clingy than one would imagine. People think, oh I want a snuggly parrot like a cockatoo but in the end you have to spend hours a day with that bird preening and letting it preen, males become sexually mature and unpredicatable, females can lay eggs. If I could find a younger person who wants my red fronts and would care for them the way I would I'd probably place them because I'm so concerned about their future. *sigh*


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Excellent post. Something else that many people either don't realize or refuse to believe is that our feathered friends have longevity, big time! An African Grey will easily live to be 60-80 years old or older, same with Macaws, Cockatoos and Amazons. Smaller birds such as Conures, Pionus, Senegals, etc. can easily live to be 40-50 years. More often than not the caretaker dies and the family doesn't want to deal with the bird, and it ends up in rescue, or passed from home to home and will often develop behavior issues or ocd behaviors.

They are loud, messy, often temperamental, difficult, needy, expensive and forever +. One definitely needs to make arrangements for the long term care of their birds, when the time comes that you can no longer care for them, or you pass away.

Most regular vets simply are not educated or equipped to handle birds, thus a board certified Avian Specialist is necessary..... and believe me they are expensive!

I have had birds literally all of my life, but I never, ever recommend a bird as a pet for anyone. They do not make good pets, they require specialized care, they require a large amount of interaction, they will out live you. Common, every day things can kill them in an instant; non-stick cookware, a new oven, new furniture, new carpet, new linoleum, candles, fireplaces, anything airborne such as perfume, hairspray, furniture polish, cat saliva, dog saliva, avocado seed, apple seeds, and the list goes on and on. It is also difficult to find a place or person to board them with, and they don't do well left alone, or even with somebody coming in once or twice a day to feed them.

Whenever we are going to be gone, we take Sara to a friend who runs a parrot rescue, 4 hours away for boarding. We have no bird savvy family or friends nearby that can adequately care for Sara while we are away. So, I pack her up and do the drive.

IMO, non bird owners should think twice before becoming bird owners, and if you really think you want to dedicate your life to a companion parrot, please volunteer at a local rescue first. This will show you first hand what parrot ownership is all about.
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When we were raising cockatiels I took several to school with me for show and tell. We had so much fun we had a fire drill that day and before the drill went off the birds gave us the alarm that something was about to happen.
My favorite cockatiel was a yellow/grey and I named her Celine she was beautiful inside and out. Where ever I was she had to be and this was before we had our doberman. I would take her outside when I would sweep the porch or sidewalk and she loved it. She was a show off she always waved her wings at people. She loved popcorn. I left one day and my dad told me that one of the birds was at the bottom of the cage and it was Celine. She was gone and I cried. I've never had another bird like her............
Birds are alot of work but they have added to our lives...........
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I forgot the longevity...what happens to them? In my case one of my sons and his wife are willing to take Miss Noodle but what of the Red Fronts?
What gets really scary is that many children do take their parents bird(s) when the time comes, and then after a time realize that they don't have the time or inclination to deal with the needs of a feathered termite. So, they relinquish the bird to Rescue or find another home. Sadly, many are tossed from home to home to home and just don't fare well.

I have made arrangements for Sara with Phoenix Landing in N.C. and also have instructions and a monetary allotment for her care, in my will. There are several other sanctuary organizations that are top notch and take birds in these situations. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, The Oasis Sanctuary and the Gabriel Foundation. These 4 organizations are the only ones I would consider, as there are so many Rescue's that do not adhere to above board practices.
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