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Parrots anyone?
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Ana    Posted 01-14-2003 at 09:40:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I saw a show on TV about how intelligent parrots are supposed to be. Does anyone have experience with them? Are they messy? Would you have them again? Just wondering.

G L Green    Posted 01-14-2003 at 17:28:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ana we have had parrots for over 20 years and yes theycan be fun and make good companions but there are a few things you should know.

1. Don't go cheap buy a baby bird.

2. Don't go the Cockatoo/Macaw route to darn noisy.

3.Best talkers are Congo Africa greys, they are the most inteligent also.

4. Amazons make good pets also but the usually bond to one person.

5. Like posted before they eat anything we eat includeing meat, favorite is pasta.

6. If you don't mind doing daily chores go for it. Yes they are messy but newspaper gets most of it. Good luck.

Bob/Ont    Posted 01-14-2003 at 17:45:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
And get a rooster not a hen. We had a hen budgee and she chewed up everything she landed on. That's likely why we caught her, someone threw her out.
Later Bob

Jbird    Posted 01-14-2003 at 14:50:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have been lurking here for a while now and really enjoy this board. Very educational!! Now I am not a parrot expert, but have enjoyed the company of my parrot for over, oh, 12 or 13 years now. Are they mess? Well yeah they are, but no worst than anyother house pet, goldfish excepted. Noisy, oh yes indeed, but not as bad as guinea fowl.Now Bubba might have a bird brain, but I think he's smarter than the salesman who was warned that Bubba didn't like strangers, and would bite. Fool that he was, stuck his finger in the cage, and got bit pretty good. Wouldn't recommend them as a pet for small children. I am retired, or unemployed, (depending on my outlook of any given day), and Bubba is great company. Smart, well yes he is. Talk, yup, has an answer for everything. I kept track of the words he would learn for awhile, but quit after the first couple hundred. Eats everything I do, if you don't offer some, he will ask you if its good and just keep asking til you get tired of it and share a little with him. Can imitate every sound he hears, he has gotten me up from a nap with the smoke detector alarm more than once. Since we moved here to rural MI he has learned to do crow, hawk and coyote very well. Would I have another if he died, more than likely. He is not cuddley, and sometimes he is downright mean, but he gets me laughing every day, and I havn't cussed since the day I got him. (Would hate to have a bird cuss or sass me.)

Bob/Ont    Posted 01-14-2003 at 17:41:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Jbird, if your retired you better make arrangments with someone you trust to care for your bird. I like to look at them and talk to them but wouldn't like the long term comittment past my lifetime that they need to own one. We had a pig and she was likely a lot smarter but they can't tell your secrets. We had her for 11 yrs and 5 mo but they are like adopting a pre schooler forever. Sounds like you are having fun with him though, thats great.
Later Bob

cowgirlj    Posted 01-14-2003 at 09:52:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a friend who has an African Gray. Very intellegent, and very cool. They are also very noisey, and I mean ear peircing noisey if not trained properly. They take full time dedication, and just so you know, they will likely outlive you. They live up to 75 years old. So if you plan to get one, it is a lifetime and/or more committment. My friend has had to find a replacement home for her gray, for when she passes on, and has it is stated in her will.

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