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06-04-2014 01:47 PM
onyx'girl It should work, as long as there aren't spaces where the food dishes go or the doors that the bird could get caught up in. Some of the larger spaced cages have areas that can be dangerous for smaller birds. My Senegal needs a new cage/or at least a nice powdercoat paint job!
06-04-2014 01:38 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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Compare which? Cockatiels aren't as clownish like other parrots are. I think getting a handfed baby or finishing the handfeeding to the weaning stage helps in the parrots overall personality.
If you want a good talker, the Indian Ringnecks or Moustache's are great, and have a sense of humor. Though any of them, at sexual maturity can become aggressive.
That's why I like the budgies, most of them are balanced in their temperaments and don't show that aggressive behavior.
Lovies are wonderful, I've had several....though they aren't known to talk.
My Senegal is a great little talker, but he'll bite unexpectedly so I never hold him. I do pet him on his terms, but if he's near my face, I know he'll have a piece of my cheek or lip.
My African Grey on the other hand never, ever bites me, very sweet. Excellent talker.
Magnum is 25 yrs old:

Squeakers is 23:


American Cinnamon Cinco:

Enzo:
Beautiful birds!
I forgot to mention: the cage I just bought has bars spaced at 3/4 inch. Would that be too wide for a budgie?
06-04-2014 01:18 PM
onyx'girl
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Thank you!
How would you compare their personalities and affection?
Compare which? Cockatiels aren't as clownish like other parrots are. I think getting a handfed baby or finishing the handfeeding to the weaning stage helps in the parrots overall personality.
If you want a good talker, the Indian Ringnecks or Moustache's are great, and have a sense of humor. Though any of them, at sexual maturity can become aggressive.
That's why I like the budgies, most of them are balanced in their temperaments and don't show that aggressive behavior.
Lovies are wonderful, I've had several....though they aren't known to talk.
My Senegal is a great little talker, but he'll bite unexpectedly so I never hold him. I do pet him on his terms, but if he's near my face, I know he'll have a piece of my cheek or lip.
My African Grey on the other hand never, ever bites me, very sweet. Excellent talker.
Magnum is 25 yrs old:

Squeakers is 23:


American Cinnamon Cinco:

Enzo:
06-04-2014 12:42 PM
Heidigsd I have a Sun Conure and would not get another one. We did rescue him when he was three years old from a pet store and he came with some issues but after 16 years of his screaming and biting there won't be another one joining us EVER

My favorite bird was a peach faced lovebird, she was the most lovable girl with a huge personality...I still miss her. Peachfaced Lovebird, Rosy-faced Lovebird, Agapornis roseicollis
06-04-2014 12:35 PM
LaRen616 Conures and lovebirds are gorgeous.

I would love to have a Conure but I am terrified of birds.
06-04-2014 12:30 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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Budgies or some of the larger parakeets are really the best as far as personality, talking ability,etc. Cockatiels are dustier and some aren't real playful.
I'd like a Moustache for talking/personality. But you can't really beat a great handfed budgie, and they aren't obnoxiously loud.
I worked in a bird breeding facility/retail store for several years. I had my own aviary with many different types and bred for about 10 yrs.

I handfed several different species of exotics...and I still really love the budgies over all others.
Thank you!
How would you compare their personalities and affection?
06-03-2014 11:58 PM
onyx'girl Budgies or some of the larger parakeets are really the best as far as personality, talking ability,etc. Cockatiels are dustier and some aren't real playful.
I'd like a Moustache for talking/personality. But you can't really beat a great handfed budgie, and they aren't obnoxiously loud.
I worked in a bird breeding facility/retail store for several years. I had my own aviary with many different types and bred for about 10 yrs.

I handfed several different species of exotics...and I still really love the budgies over all others.
06-03-2014 11:44 PM
HarleyTheGSD I am going to go with either a Cockatiel or a Parakeet. I don't think I'm prepared for the loud vocals of a conure. I'll also interact with some.
Thank you all for the helpful replies!
06-03-2014 10:29 PM
lorihd@comcast.net I have had cockatiels, parakeets and a macaw, I also have budgies, which my female is smart as a whip. The only bird I know that will hold a grudge for 2 weeks (after I clip her wings) lol. I say budgie
06-03-2014 10:17 PM
sit,stay I currently have a lovebird, and prior to him I had a cockatiel that lived to be 22 years old. And I had parakeets when I was much, much younger.

I recommend a lovebird. A single bird, hand-fed, is a wonderful pet. They are very entertaining and have a "big bird" personality. My little lovebird is every bit as "parrot-y" as my Amazon. He loves to play with his toys and is just ready to take on the world every day. He is two years old now, 2.5 to be precise, and he has stayed tame and gentle. He likes everyone.

My cockatiel was a wonderful pet as well. He was also hand-fed and stayed sweet and loving his whole life. He loved everyone and would happily sit on a shoulder for hours, preening hair and nibbling on ear lobes.

Even though most conures are smaller, they sometimes don't make good pets for first time parrot owners. They can be loud. Really, really loud. And bite-y. I worked with a parrot rescue in Utah regarding a cockatoo that had been abandoned here, and ended up having some fascinating conversations about different types of commonly kept parrots. They told me that they get more requests to take in conures than any other type of parrot. People buy them because they are mostly small (those Patagonian conures are pretty big, though), and relatively easy to find. But they can be difficult. Like a lot of parrots, they can get fixated on one person. That can spiral out of control quickly.

Regarding cages: the rule of thumb is that you provide the biggest cage you can accommodate in your home and afford. Bigger is always better. However, you also need to pay attention to bar spacing. Bigger cages often have wider bar spacing and smaller birds can break their necks by sticking their heads in between the bars and then panicking. The ensuing struggle breaks their neck.

I love my birds. I won't get any more big birds. This little lovebird gives me everything I like in a much smaller, more manageable package!
Sheilah
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