...if money and practical/legal/ethical matters were not an issue?

I'd really like to own:
Hyacinth Macaw
Black Palm Cockatoo
Kea
Great Black-Backed Gull
Raven
Magpie
Jackdaw
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...if money and practical/legal/ethical matters were not an issue? I'd really like to own: Hyacinth Macaw Black Palm Cockatoo Kea Great Black-Backed Gull Raven Magpie Jackdaw

A lawn Moa!
...if money and practical/legal/ethical matters were not an issue? I'd really like to own: Hyacinth Macaw Black Palm Cockatoo Kea Great Black-Backed Gull Raven Magpie Jackdaw

I have often thought of getting another Macaw. The reason I don't is with 2 birds and a dog that all want attention, I would have to quite my job.
"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
(Lazarus Long)
Hyacinth Macaw Black Palm Cockatoo Kea Great Black-Backed Gull Raven Magpie Jackdaw

I love my U2, Harry. There are a few photo's here for you to see: http://www.krissilundgren.co.uk/catsandcockatoo.html

Not paid for them yet, hence the water mark. He is down the bottom of the page.
Badass.
...if money and practical/legal/ethical matters were not an issue? I'd really like to own: Hyacinth Macaw Black Palm Cockatoo Kea Great Black-Backed Gull Raven Magpie Jackdaw

Honestly, I prefer to watch them fly around freely instead of keeping them in a cage. But, as long as we are throwing out the present paradigm, I would prefer to have a rotation of hummingbird species in my yard, rotated on a monthly basis, and, in addition, get Purple Martins to stop migrating south, but no cages. While I'm at it, I would keep my hummingbird garden blooming year round rearrange the hardiness zones to put my house in Zone 11.

Eric Miller
I love my U2, Harry. There are a few photo's here for you to see: http://www.krissilundgren.co.uk/catsandcockatoo.html Not paid for them yet, hence the water mark. He is down the bottom of the page. Badass.

He sure doesn't look like he could make splinters out of fine furniture in record time. What a honey.

Sincerely,
Joanne
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He sure doesn't look like he could make splinters out of fine furniture in record time. What a honey. Sincerely, Joanne

He really is just as sweet and cuddly as he looks. Just has a seriously strong jaw, and a wood fetish I suppose Emotion: smile I don't blame him at all - Cockatoo's love to chew, and there is nothing I can say to let him know the unit cost a lot of money and is valuable to me. To him, its wood and if no-ones around, its his for the taking.
I almost feel this is karma for keeping such a beautiful bird in a steel bloody cage. He is out a lot, but still, birds should be free. My only justification is that as a captivity born bird, someone else would get him, and chances are, they would not give him the love and attention I can. I know someone who keeps a U2 locked in a cage 24/7, never lets it out and never speaks to it. The poor bird is bald and obviously not enjoying life. The owner is a relative of my best friend, and as such I really would find it difficult to do anything other than ask to buy the bird (which has already been rejected - ill keep at it).
With regards to my bird, his new 8ft x 7ft x 6ft aviary has been paid for and will be installed shortly, I can promise - he will have full outdoor access in the next 3 to 4 years - as soon as I move on up to a new house.

Badass.
He sure doesn't look like he could make splinters out of fine furniture in record time. What a honey. Sincerely, Joanne

He really is just as sweet and cuddly as he looks. Just has a seriously strong jaw, and a wood ... in the next 3 to 4 years - as soon as I move on up to a new house. Badass.

Captive born and bred birds are not in any way living a poor life, IF, the owner is responsible. Birds in the wild will seldom live even half the time a well taken care of pet will. In the wild they do not have healthy food given to them. They have disease and predators to deal with and they do not get medical care. "Nature" is not cute and cuddly like so many people like to believe. She is cruel and heartless. Many animals suffer greatly before they finally die in the wild.
Now some people who own pets, be it bird, dog, cat or whatever, should never have been allowed to, but that's life. I never feel the slightest bit guilty about my Parrots. They have a life with me they enjoy no end. The B&G has to spend some time in his cage, but that was why I bought him a cage that is big enough that I could get in it and stand up. He spends most of his life outside the cage, when he destroys something, I blame myself for not keeping close enough watch on him. Both Parrots love us, and we return that love to them. They would not know what to do in the wild.
"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
(Lazarus Long)
...if money and practical/legal/ethical matters were not an issue?

Chickens. A nice bantam rooster, and a half dozen or so full size hens.

There is nothing like awaking to the crow at the break of dawn, the hens produce food, they don't(*) fly away, and are enjoyable to watch.

They eat bugs, worms, and mice, serving a useful function as well.
(*)clip their wings when they are young, and they forget about flying if they have food on their side, and a typical fence will keep them in.
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