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Parrot people?

Discussion in 'Creepy Corner' started by trapper, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. trapper

    trapper Little Dog

    Hi everyone, hopefully there's some parrot fanciers browsing these forums...
    I'm interested in getting a parrot, but unsure about what species to get. I've had parakeets, cockatiels, and a cockatoo when I was younger. Currently I have a bunch of chickens (layers and gamefowl) but that's a whole other world than parrots :lol:
    I've been doing a lot of research on African Grays, Eclectus, and Hawk-Headed Parrots...I don't want a large macaw or any type of cockatoo.
    Here is what I'm looking for:
    • Friendly, should be good with me and my husband and housedog (who completely leaves birds alone), not moody
    • Not TOO demanding about attention, but will get daily interaction and exercise
    • Fairly quiet (no close neighbors though, but don't care for the screaming)
    • Good talker
    • Medium-large size
    • Expense and room to keep the bird is no issues
    any input would be great! Like I said I've been researching for some time and definitely won't jump into this.
  2. MsAcer

    MsAcer Good Dog

    If you can, find a bird club in your area. You'll get to meet and see tons of birds. Get the low down on the different types and how they act. You'll get insight on who are the good breeders and good rescues.
    I have had a blue fronted amazon who while wonderful was REALLY needy. I rescued her from some stupid people, kept her for about a year, then found a person who worked from home so the bird had all the people time it needed.
    We now have 2 Quaker parrots. I first one, Trisket, we bought from a rock'en good breeder. She was a wonderful bird. friendly, learned to talk, liked being handled. Then we rescued a asshatt one, Fred Tater. Together they are now both AssHatts!!! "Do what we want, give us what we want, then leave us alone!!" Is the motto. Cage aggressive, nippy, non-talking, shit factories. AND they live till 60!!!
    No more birds I told hubby...
    But I do like a nice parakeet :)
  3. MsAcer

    MsAcer Good Dog

    Foothill Bird Fanciers
    Auburn, California
    The Foothill Bird Fanciers is a northern California organization based in Auburn which is dedicated to the conservation, care, understanding and breeding of birds. Founded in 1977 by a small group of aviculturists, the purpose was to be able to meet monthly and share experiences with breeding birds.
    For more information contact Blue Wrigley at (916) 991-7421 or email bluew@lanset.com

    Monterey Bay Cage Bird Club
    Monterey California
    Monthly Meetings and Educational Speakers
    For more information email sneha@panholzer.com

    Redwood Empire Cage Bird Club (RECBC),
    Santa Rosa, Northern California
    Sharing a common interest in birds as well as education for members and the general public in the care, keeping, maintenance & breeding of cage birds in captivity and supporting bird conservation. RECBC is a non-profit organization serving the Redwood Empire community for over 10 years. Our club meets monthly. Email info@recbc.net for more information.

    Capitol City Bird Society
    Sacramento, California
    CCBS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, care and captive breeding of all birds from softbills to the largest parrot. Founded in 1974, one of the largest bird clubs in N. California.
    For more information email Ken Hadsell at hadsellk@surewest.net
  4. JJeanae

    JJeanae Good Dog

    I have 3 parrots. I have an African Grey, a Bare Eyed Cockatoo and a Moluccan Umbrella X.

    Personally, if it were me and I was wanting what you are I'd go for the Grey. Try to get one that has been handled a lot or a baby.....unless you're willing to spend a lot of time getting him used to you.

    Honestly, I dont have a lot experience with the medium size parrots other than some of the smaller cockatoos and Greys. I've owned two Macaws and couldn't be bothered to own another one. The one got so insanely attached to me when I was pregnant she attacked everything and everyone who came near me. The other one was a major screamer. Not a fan of them lol.
  5. MMSmith

    MMSmith Good Dog

    Senegals are cool parrots. If you get a chance to meet one I'll think you'll like them. Every time I've gotten to handle one I've wanted to steal it lol. A baby senegal was the single most precious parrot I ever got to play with. Hands down.

    If it weren't for my four 'tiels now I would have a senegal in a heartbeat.
  6. Ali132

    Ali132 Good Dog

    Quakers are really sweet birds.
    There is also a type on small macaw (the smallest kind) I can't remember what they are called but they seem smart and are a nice size.
  7. MsAcer

    MsAcer Good Dog

    Quakers are not sweet! :lol:
    ALL the ones I know can be little jerks! I'm just glad they are pretty small!
    The first words they learn to say are "Don't bite" :)
  8. JJeanae

    JJeanae Good Dog

    Hahaha. So true.

    My cousin has an Amazon and he's an asshole and a half too. He gets all sweet and starts talking to you to get you to come over to him. Then he talks some more while he sticks his foot out like he wants up. Then he'll bite your fucking hand as hard as he can. He's schmoozed me a couple times lol.
  9. Ali132

    Ali132 Good Dog

    Omg the macaw at my old work was like that. We had normal macaw, a African Grey, one of the mini macaws and some other large parrot and they were all ass holes.
  10. MsAcer

    MsAcer Good Dog

    A Quaker laughing after he tries to bite his person.

    "Step up" means put your finger in bite range :grin:
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 25, 2013
  11. MsAcer

    MsAcer Good Dog

    African grays are super amazing!
  12. Ali132

    Ali132 Good Dog

    Hahahahha that was so cute!!
    When I worked at pet smart we would get in quakers and coures and the quakers were always super friendly and sweet.
  13. Hammy

    Hammy Little Dog

    I love my Amazon. She is funny and very smart. Amazons are great at entertaining themselves. Which is good if we go on vacation or get busy with activities. I don't worry that she will go crazy if she is not by my side all the time.
    I'd say if you want a cuddly bird or one that will ride around on your shoulder don't consider an amazon.

    She is a one person bird, but I was single for the first 4 years with her. She tolerates my husband and talks to him but she doesn't really want him to hold her.

    Here she is just after a shower munching on a bundle of herbs from the garden.

    I will say that most of the amazons in our local club are much like my girl. I hope that helps give you some insight.
  14. MsAcer

    MsAcer Good Dog

    Allot of people don't understand parrots. They are not domesticated. So they are not pets like chickens, or ducks or cats or dogs. They are "wild animals" living in your home, they are very smart and have all different kinds of personalities. They is no talking a parrot into doing anything... and they can hold grudges.
    My Quakers can be sweet... when they want something.... other then that be prepared for "f-you" and the beak. Which in my busy life is better then my parrot who REAAALLLYYY needed me.
  15. CallSignOWL

    CallSignOWL Good Dog

  16. JJeanae

    JJeanae Good Dog

    Completely right about them all being individuals. Bare Eyeds are supposed to be friendly and great talkers. I cannot handle mine and I've have him for a LONG time and the only thing he does is make a honking sound once in a while.

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