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Gray Dawn- Treader

Don\\\'t Tread- on me
 
 
Barked: Sun Aug 21, '11 10:47am PST 
I wish I had put more critical thought into getting my birds. Delightful little animals, but I don't have the time to care for them AND a dog. Cleaning the cage and stuff, sure. But spending hours with them? No. I already have to devote time to my other pet, hours of schoolwork, and my responsibilities around the house. My idea of relaxation is reading a book, watching TV, doing one of my hobbies, playing the xBox, or something like that. Not really playing with a bird, as fun as that can be.
I had a cocktiel when I around seven years old, and I did spend hours with him. The bird was the right pet for me then, but not now.

The budgies are my brother's responsibility now. It's not right to get a pet, decide you can't keep it anymore, and then dump the responsibility on someone else. But when my brother found out that we were thinking of giving them away, he wanted to. He doesn't really take care of them like he should, though...

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Titus

Cave canis- vigilo omnis
 
 
Barked: Mon Aug 22, '11 9:19am PST 
"I've been blessed with the gift of flight and I'm sitting on a stick!" - Brian Regan
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Savannah aka- Banners!

Banners on the- Run! NOT!
 
 
Barked: Sun Aug 28, '11 7:10am PST 
laugh out loud that's funny.
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Dunlop

Dunlop-named for- the rider not- the tyer
 
 
Barked: Fri Sep 2, '11 2:09pm PST 
Birds get sick very easily, you have to be careful how much light they get, temperatures, ventilation... The list goes on. We had a "tame" Galah land on our fence when I was a kid, he was wonderful but our then budgie Duncan had his beak out of joint with another bird getting all the attention. Gus the Galah gave me a nose piercing for free at one point and that Freaking Hurt! If you get a parrot go for a smaller one as they are easier to handle, contain and care for.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galah
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Fritz

Fritz, cats are- fun when they- run
 
 
Barked: Mon Sep 19, '11 8:06pm PST 
I have had birds since I was a kid, well my person has. The African gray is around 30 now. The Blue and Gold macaw is hmmmmmmmmmm 15; I got her from a breeder in Hawaii and had raised her. The rainbow macaw is about 10; he was rescued from a pet store and nursed back to health. (Never get a sick bird from a pet store, but the poor baby had been weaned cold turkey. He put his head in my pocket and pleaded with me to save him. He got medication for his crop infection and I hand fed him a few more weeks until he was ready to fledge for real.)

I love birds. Messy, parrots poop isn’t as bad as Conures. Most are very noisy, some aren’t. I could recommend a Blue Headed Pionus as a first bird, not too aggressive, not too noisy, but they don't talk.

Cons, you have to find a bird specialist for a vet. Your average small animal vet will kill your bird trying to treat him. They and their food is expensive and they require a lot of time and attention.

The biggest difference between a large parrot and a regular pet is they have problem solving intelligence. They know when you are ignoring them; just getting them out won't work. They can bite, but even the biggest parrot is very unlikely to take your finger off. However, a pressure bite from a large macaw is very painful.

As said before, they are not domesticated. You will get bit sooner or later. It is a lot like taking on a child. They can get depressed and being ignored or neglected can cause them to get sick. You have to be very careful with their diet and they can and will chew/ruin stuff in your house. (Our African gray once at my husband’s high security clearance badge BOL, my bird ate it.) We came home one night and found our apartment looking like a tickertape parade had run through. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the African gray reach out and close the cage door. They had chewed/shredded every bit of paper in the apartment.

Anyway, if you would enjoy such a pet and find the antics amusing, by all means get a bird, if not....

Also research what kind of parrot you want, Yellow headed amazons are clowns and amazing talkers, but can be aggressive. Pionus are quiet and gentle but don't talk. Sun Conures are beautiful, but the drops. eek African grays are smart and amazing talkers but tend to growl, gray growers. Cockatoos are major baby cuddles, but can easily get sick if not given attention and can give a very bad bite.

Anyway, you get the idea. Personally, I would get the bird, well if I didn't already have 3.

Betty, Fritz's person.
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Sabi

When the night- closes in I will- be there
 
 
Barked: Thu Sep 29, '11 8:41pm PST 
I inherited a beautiful red macaw when a friend of mine moved overseas. He attacked everyone, and they can do some damage, he mostly just shrieked and swore at me although he had a pretty good vocabulary, he destroyed the window and door frames, shredded the drapes, trashed the carpet. Getting him in or out of his cage was a battle I usually lost. I ended up donating him to a large wildlife park that happened to have a great tropical display. I felt kind of bad but I was not doing him any good.
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Yoshi

XD
 
 
Barked: Sat Oct 8, '11 9:44am PST 
Can you have a full grown chicken in the city?

My mom used to have doves and pigeons in China. She said they were pretty nice. smile
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Sabi

When the night- closes in I will- be there
 
 
Barked: Sat Oct 8, '11 10:42am PST 
In this city ONE chicken is a pet and is allowed more then one is not. It varies from city to city.
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Pookie

plush destroyer
 
 
Barked: Sat Oct 8, '11 4:07pm PST 
I'm amused this thread is still getting responses. smile If anyone was curious, no I do not yet have a bird though I haven't totally scrapped the idea. If I did it would be either a male eclectus or CAG. Not interested in other breeds. I suppose my main concern is how much time birds require and the mess they make and I have no intention of wing clipping, so poop is another concern. Currently I work full time and I'm not a fan of cleaning. I know how much commitment a bird is, so I want to make sure I'm 100% before really getting one. Maybe one day when I've saved enough for my own custom freedom cage, lol. smile
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