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Re: We need advice

Posted by Rick on 8/29/07
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    On 8/29/07, Kate wrote:
    > My husband and I are interested in adopting a parrot? We
    > have dogs (2), no children, rarely travel -- entertain a
    > lot at home and would love to do the right thing by
    > rescuing a parrot and adding it to our family. But, what
    > kind? We were looking at the Cockatoo but My research
    > reveals that this family of larger birds may not be a good
    > decision - we both work - out of the house 8-9 hours a
    > day. But, we dont cage our dogs... so, can anyone
    > provide insights on first time bird owners. I also
    > believe that we should get a pair... after all, theres
    > two of us, two dogs , why not two parrots?
    > Help!

    It's Great that you are wanting to ADOPT a bird, but not
    sure if a Parrot would be a good choice, as a first time
    bird owner choice, in birds. Bigger birds are beautiful and
    very appealing, but also require more attention, more
    interaction, more stimuli if caged, more toys as they are /
    can be very destructive, more room in the household (larger
    cage, playstand, etc.) opposed to the smaller birds such as
    Conures, Cockatiels, etc.

    Owning a Cockatoo is a wonderful thing also, but if you're
    not into cleaning and dusting on a daily basis........lots
    and lots of DUST, this is not the bird for you. As I own a
    M2 I can give you first hand advice.

    Also consider in the noise factor. Do you live fairly close
    to your neighbors, do you live in an apartment? Some birds
    can be EXTREMELY NOISEY......Cockatoos especially.

    As for wanting to get a pair. If you do not want the bird to
    be a part of your family as a pet, yes, then by all means
    get it a companion. But if you are looking at getting them
    to be pets, the birds will bond together and most likely,
    and I say this loosely, NOT want anything to do with you as
    they have each other now. I am also speaking from experience
    on this issue as we have 2 B&G Macaws and are wanting to
    keep them as pets. When they were together (introduced),
    they started to bond with each other and started striking
    and lungeing at us. They are now separated and excellent

    Some birds do live harmoniuosly with each and their family
    members as long as you maintain interaction on a daily
    basis. If not, you will have to separate them into their own
    cages and then interact with them. Thus, now we have 2 cages
    and 2 playstands to contend with.

    Birds are not like comparison. They have
    totally different demeanors and temperaments.

    Best advice I can give.........keep researching different
    species and as you are doing, keep asking questions and then
    decide what type of bird would best be suited for your
    household and your needs.

    I'm sure others will be along and offer more much needed
    advice to help you. Good Luck!