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Anyway, best of luck in choosing a companion for your ... the easiest pets to look after compared to my birds.

Great advice, Linda. The bottom line is, birds are not the best pets for elderly people. They're loud, demanding and ... and happy. Cats on the other hand are independent and pretty much care for themselves, yet can be very affectionate.

One problem - my nan hatescats... Emotion: smile
She is really good with birds though - she just wants one that's a bit less twitchy than a budgie, really.
I've just been reading about Bourke's Parakeets on the web ... docile and easy to tame). Anyone had experience with them?

I had a Bourke for a few months. She was a magnificent, quiet bird. One problem, though, was that she ... different. The personality of each bird differs, so I can't say what the usual temperament of a Bourke is. Becky

That sounds like just the sort of bird my nan would like, actually... )
One problem - my nan hatescats... Emotion: smile She is really good with birds though - she just wants one that's a bit less twitchy than a budgie, really.

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Okay. Well, my suggestion stands. I'd look into getting her a hand-raised lineolated parakeet, male if possible. I find males, in general, are less crabby and combative compared to females of most species. Also if you go for a male, this eliminates problems with egg-laying and related complications such as egg binding.

Linnies have pleasant, calm personalities, have the ability to talk, are generally quiet, are very attractive with their spots and bars and big expressive eyes (you can also get mutations of the normal green). They're larger than budgies, but not so big that you have to get them a huge parrot cage. A large budgie cage (such as a flight cage ) would do nicely. They also love playing with toys, especially hanging toys where they hang upside down and swing. They are quite the acrobats. All in all, a very nice bird companion. If people knew more about these delightful birds, there would be more of a demand. I love my pair of linnies and don't regret for one second adding them to my flock.
Linda
One problem - my nan hatescats... Emotion: smile She is ... one that's a bit less twitchy than a budgie, really.

~~ Okay. Well, my suggestion stands. I'd look into getting her a hand-raised lineolated parakeet, male if possible. I find ... demand. I love my pair of linnies and don't regret for one second adding them to my flock. Linda

My DIL recently got a hand-raised Linnie, a female, and she and my son could both handle her from the first day. They have three large dogs but my DIL has always wanted a small lap dog. My son says she has her lap dog now, her Linnie.
They bring her here when they come to visit she is a sweet, entertaining, pet. She and my budgie call to each other when they are in different rooms.
She says "Hi" whenever you come into a room. It may just be a Linnie sound but it sure sounds like "Hi". They adore her and she is around my DIL's neck most of the day but is very peaceful in her cage too.
~~ Okay. Well, my suggestion stands. I'd look into getting ... for one second adding them to my flock. Linda

My DIL recently got a hand-raised Linnie, a female, and she and my son could both handle her from the ... my DIL has always wanted a small lap dog. My son says she has her lap dog now, her Linnie.

I was really surprised at how calm these birds are. Of all my birds, my two linnies tolerate handling best. And they don't bite ... once in a while just a little nibbling but as far as nasty bites go, they're extremely gentle. Both the male and female are sweet, unlike some species where the females tend to be nippier and crabbier. I have a female parrotlet, Penny, who is a monster and several female lovebirds, who are avian alligators. LOL!
They bring her here when they come to visit she is a sweet, entertaining, pet. She and my budgie call to each other when they are in different rooms.

Their call is quite pretty. Also, the variety of sounds they make .. especially the "beeping" .. is quite comical and cute sounding, almost electronic. They have amusing habits, as well ... the hanging upside down, the posing on perches with their heads tilted downwards, tails in the air.
She says "Hi" whenever you come into a room. It may just be a Linnie sound but it sure sounds like "Hi". They adore her and she is around my DIL's neck most of the day but is very peaceful in her cage too.

Linnies can become excellent talkers. My two are named Sierra and Savannah. They have a bit of trouble pronouncing the "S" sound, but I know that's what they're repeating ... their names. In addition to their own names, they can say a few more words. I've noticed that they've also picked up a word that my quaker, Kato, says. I heard Sierra mumbling "Bad, bad, bad". It's quite clear. It's not something I've taught them, they just heard it. It seems they're quick to learn.

My only regret is that I didn't discover these birds years ago. I highly recommend them as companions and family members. They're adorable.

Linda
Having lived and interacted with all of these guys for quite some time, my suggestion to you would be to looking into getting a hand-raised male lineolated parakeet.

I was not sure I knew what these were, I did a web search and SURPRISE!, I was right, I did NOT know.
http://www.lineolated-parakeet.bravepages.com/index.htm

The pictures are adorable. Are they budgie sized?

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Having lived and interacted with all of these guys for ... be to looking into getting a hand-raised male lineolated parakeet.

I was not sure I knew what these were, I did a web search and SURPRISE!, I was right, I did NOT know. http://www.lineolated-parakeet.bravepages.com/index.htm The pictures are adorable. Are they budgie sized?

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Aren't they cute little birds? Linnies are bigger than budgies, longer and chunkier ... more like a cockatiel in size, I would think. I don't own cockatiels but having seen many cockatiels in stores, I would guesstimate they're about the same size, beak size similar to tiels but perhaps a touch bigger, the tail is stubbier and when linnies get excited or nervous, they fan open their tails. Their eyes are big and luminous and their colour is very pretty ... different shades of green with lots of dark spots and bars. Besides the normal green, I've seen blue, yellow and cinammon on lineolated parakeet websites. Very attractive, but quite a bit more expensive than the green variety. The thing I love about them the most is that they're so mellow, calm, and gentle.

Linda
The thing I love about them the most is that they're so mellow, calm, and gentle.

Wish you all would stop saying such nice things about them. I really don't need another bird, but.. Emotion: smile
Becky
The thing I love about them the most is that they're so mellow, calm, and gentle.

Wish you all would stop saying such nice things about them. I really don't need another bird, but.. Emotion: smile Becky

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Sorry ! LOL ! ;0)

Linda
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