I had parakeets when I was younger, and I really want another bird. What I really want is an African Grey Parrot. However, I want to make sure I select the right bird. Obviously my first priority is keeping it happy and healthy.
1) I have some experience with parrots - in college, I pet-sat andhouse-sat and some of my clients had parrots and other birds. I think I got along well with the parrots - I never got nipped and they let me pet them, they talked to me, etc. but these may have been friendlier than usual birds. I've never lived with any birds other than the 2 parakeets.
2) I live in an apartment. My landlord says birds are fine, as long asthe neighbors don't complain about the noise. I know large birds tend to be noisy. I like to think I could keep it happy enough that it didn't feel the need to scream and bother the neighbors, but this may be a stupid fantasy on my part Emotion: smile
3) I telecommute so the bird would never have to be lonely
4) I can afford proper medical care, even in the event somethingexpensive happens, like the bird needs surgery or something.
5) I am young and should be able to care for the bird for decades.Still, I always make sure that if something happens to me, I've arranged for my pet(s) to be taken care of properly for the rest of their lives.
6) I have a pet bunny (my only pet at the time). I need to make sureshe is compatible with any new animal that joins our family. Bunnies are sometimes scared of birds (since they are prey to large birds like hawks), and if the bird screams or makes lots of loud noises, the bunny couldn't handle it. Also, I worry that the bird might injure the bunny. I have the time and flexibility to give them separate "outside the cage" time, but due to the layout of my apartment, their cages cannot be in separate rooms. (if you want to see pics of my adorable bunny, here you go - http://www.baerana.com/nibbler.html )
7) I am patient with animals - messes don't bother me, I cheerfullyclean them up, again and again and again Emotion: smile Also, I realize that dealing with new pets, particularly small ones, sometimes you get nipped or scratched during the process where they are learning to trust you, and I would never get angry at an animal for this, hit it, yell at it, etc.
8) Ideally, I'd like a bird that can talk and play with me. However,this may be a bid idea. If so, maybe something that sings like a canary. I saw a beautiful pink canary once but I think choosing a bird because of how it looks is stupid. Maybe I should get something like a pair of lovebirds?
Anyway, I'd appreciate any suggestions as to what kind of bird would suit my situation the best. Also, if anyone has any books/websites to recommend to people thinking of getting a bird and new bird guardians, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks in advance!!
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So, why not go for the Grey?
It sounds like you are giving this new companion a lot of consideration, and that's wonderful!
Here's a cool website to research birds
http://www.arndt-verlag.com/projekt/birds 3.cgi?Desc=E286.htm&Pic=286 1.J The Lexicon doesn't give info on personalities, but you can find info online.
If you want a smaller bird, cockatiels and parrotlets are smaller, um...with big personalities!
All birds are noisy, and tend to have noisier times during the day. Reinforcing negative behavior is a mistake made by many new bird owners. If a bird screams to be let out of its cage, and a person run straight to the cage and lets the bird out, the bird has just learned to become a screaming bird!
You'll get lots of feedback from this group.
Good luck on your quest, and keep us posted on what you choose to do! ~Kimberlee
I had parakeets when I was younger, and I really want another bird. What I reallywant is an African ... feel the need to scream and bother the neighbors, but this may be a stupid fantasy on my part Emotion: smile

Most of the larger birds make some "noise". It's controllable to some extent as long as you do not train the bird to scream. The noise they make should only be during the day, but a lot depends on how well built the apartments are. If you can hear the neighbors TV or talking they will of course hear the bird.
3) I telecommute so the bird would never have to be lonely 4) I can afford proper medical care, even ... cannot be in separate rooms. (if you want to see pics of my adorable bunny, here you go - http://www.baerana.com/nibbler.html )

The Bunny should be not problem. The bird may want to bite it if it was with you and you were trying to hold the bird. They can get jealous of attention, but I doubt a Parrot would go out of it's way to attack the Bunny.
7) I am patient with animals - messes don't bother me, I cheerfully clean them up, again and again and ... choosing a bird because of how it looks is stupid. Maybe I should get something like a pair of lovebirds?

If you want a bird that will play with you basically any Parrot will if it is hand fed and tame. They will bond with you and want attention. Love Birds make a great pet, but they need to be hand fed tame to be fun to handle. If you get a pair that are parent raised, they will be VERY hard to tame to the point you could handle them. It can be done, but they have a mean bite, and are very aggressive.
To: "Alex Clayton" (Email Removed)
Re: Re: Help selecting a bird
By: "Alex Clayton" (Email Removed) to rec.pets.birds on Sat Jun 12 2004 09:29 pm
If you want a bird that will play with you basically any Parrot will if it is hand fed and ... the point you could handle them. It can be done, but they have a mean bite, and are very aggressive.

This is SO true... I bought a Peach-Face Lovebird a while back that was just BRUTAL to tame because she wasn't hand-fed.
I endured bites that were vicious on a level I never expected could come from such a small creature for 2 to 3 weeks before she finally started to learn that I wasn't a threat to her, even if she attacked.
Then, she mellowed with me, became very tame, and jealous. If I showed any attention to any other living thing in her presence (the Mrs., the dogs, the 'tiels, the 'keet, the iguana, the kid...) she'd scream like crazy and beat the hell out of her toys. I'd open her cage and say, "What's your problem, Opus? You wanna come out?" and she'd stalk down the cage-plank (I swear she was trying to stamp her little feet) and glare, head slightly cocked. I'd imitate her at the edge of the plank, and, suddenly, she'd JUMP at me... And nuzzle her head on my cheek. Emotion: smile
She had a great personality. Definitely worth taking all she could dish-out to get close to her, and would have been worth far more.

She hated everyone else on earth (she tended to rush the cage wall like an inmate in a rubber room when anyone else got near the cage, prompting my buddy to insist I let him call her "Cujo"), but we got along great.

Of all the animals I've had and trained, I miss her among the most.

...Ralph Abramo
...In the shuffling madness...
This is SO true... I bought a Peach-Face Lovebird a while back that wasjust BRUTAL to tame because she wasn't ... Of all the animals I've had and trained, I miss her among the most. ...Ralph Abramo ...In the shuffling madness...

LOL, yep that sounds like a LB all right. They have a lot of personality in a small package!!!
To: "Alex Clayton" (Email Removed)
Re: Re: Help selecting a bird
By: "Alex Clayton" (Email Removed) to rec.pets.birds on Sun Jun 13 2004 07:46 pm

Cool, so they're commonly like that, huh? I'm tempted to get another one, much younger this time. It's been a few years since we lost Opus, now (freaky thing about that... she passed away unexpectedly on the same day the Wife's grandmother died... gave us chills), and it isn't such a fresh wound.
Cool, so they're commonly like that, huh? I'm tempted to get anotherone, much younger this time. It's been a few ... passed away unexpectedly on the same day theWife's grandmother died... gave us chills), and it isn't such a fresh wound.

Sorry about the loss, but yes, most LB's are a bundle of personality all right. If you want one as a pet, as with any Parrot the best thing to do is get a hand fed tame bird. It used to be hard to find them, but the last several years more people seem to have realized that there is a market for them, and more breeders are hand feeding them. A wild one can of course be tamed, but it's a lot of work. Many people just never realized what a great pet they can be because they only ever had experience with pairs of wild ones, that were vicious to humans

If at first you don't succeed blame someone else and seek counseling.
I had parakeets when I was younger, and I really want another bird. What I really want is an African Grey Parrot. However, I want to make sure I select the right bird.

It is like love, there is no hard and fast rule.
Wait for your grey, but visit breeders and stores where you would consider getting a bird from, and see what they have.

And then let nature take its course. As to who picked whom, between me and my goffin Cosmo, I don't know. He won my heart, talking and trying to play with me from the cage in the store.
I endured bites that were vicious on a level I never expectedcould come from such a small creature

We used to call Love Birds "flying razor blades" ;-D

XXgizzieXX
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