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06-15-2014 08:28 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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Originally Posted by Pawsed View Post
Cockatiels are very sweet little birds. Bigger birds are much different and they definitely aren't for everyone. They bite hard, usually drawing blood and leaving scars, they scream louder, and they make a bigger mess, some chewing through walls, or chewing up molding. And no matter what anyone tells you, all birds bite.

I spent many years breeding birds, including African Greys, and I really regret that I ever got into that. I decided to stop breeding about 15 years ago and still have many, many birds. I wasn't going to sell them to other breeders to do what I decided was wrong, so I have just kept them.

Larger birds are very difficult pets, and I'm not sure I consider them pets at all. They are all wonderful as babies, and people love them at that age. But like everything else, they grow up and aren't so sweet and cuddly anymore. They are amazing creatures and I admire them all, but keeping them as pets is something that most people aren't cut out to do.

Greys tend to be a bit timid and they don't do well with change. They would not like going different places. They like a routine, like most birds. Remember that birds are food for other animals, so they aren't comfortable with anything different. They are very skeptical, and for good reason. They have to be wary of anything they aren't familiar with, or that object could turn them into it's lunch.

Many of my breeder birds were given to me because people could no long stand to live with them. One African Grey that I still have had picked up the sound of the fire alarm when it went off only once in this person's house. There was no fire, just heat from cooking, but that was enough to trigger the alarm. That sound became this bird's favorite thing and he made it non-stop. Another one picked up the "f" word and he couldn't stop yelling that at the top of his lungs. That one I had to find a home for, since I couldn't have all the rest of my birds doing that!

I notice the bird you are interested in is a rescue. I completely understand that and it's very rare for any bird to live out it's entire life in one place. They aren't dogs. They don't respond like dogs, and you can't correct their behavior like you would any other animal. In fact, it's very difficult, if not impossible, to change the way they behave. They are not domestic animals, but just tamed wild ones. That's a huge difference.

Please carefully consider adding any larger bird to your household. Read everything you can find, and note that a lot of things you read won't tell you both sides of the story. If you decide to go ahead with this, be prepared to see to it's care for at least 50 years, if not longer. And a good bit of that time, that bird will do things that will make you want to strangle it! Please don't throw it away like so many birds I've seen, and like the one you are interested in. It's truly a lifetime commitment.
Thank you very much for your insight!
Yes, it's something that I'll have to think more about, and learn more. I've had a Parakeet, and he was a very easy, sweet, energetic little bird. And talkative. My Tiel, I can already tell is goingto be much different. But I really like her. She's learning to trust me. I have a lot of time to think about a large bird. But I'm not going to give up the dream.
06-15-2014 08:16 PM
Pawsed Cockatiels are very sweet little birds. Bigger birds are much different and they definitely aren't for everyone. They bite hard, usually drawing blood and leaving scars, they scream louder, and they make a bigger mess, some chewing through walls, or chewing up molding. And no matter what anyone tells you, all birds bite.

I spent many years breeding birds, including African Greys, and I really regret that I ever got into that. I decided to stop breeding about 15 years ago and still have many, many birds. I wasn't going to sell them to other breeders to do what I decided was wrong, so I have just kept them.

Larger birds are very difficult pets, and I'm not sure I consider them pets at all. They are all wonderful as babies, and people love them at that age. But like everything else, they grow up and aren't so sweet and cuddly anymore. They are amazing creatures and I admire them all, but keeping them as pets is something that most people aren't cut out to do.

Greys tend to be a bit timid and they don't do well with change. They would not like going different places. They like a routine, like most birds. Remember that birds are food for other animals, so they aren't comfortable with anything different. They are very skeptical, and for good reason. They have to be wary of anything they aren't familiar with, or that object could turn them into it's lunch.

Many of my breeder birds were given to me because people could no long stand to live with them. One African Grey that I still have had picked up the sound of the fire alarm when it went off only once in this person's house. There was no fire, just heat from cooking, but that was enough to trigger the alarm. That sound became this bird's favorite thing and he made it non-stop. Another one picked up the "f" word and he couldn't stop yelling that at the top of his lungs. That one I had to find a home for, since I couldn't have all the rest of my birds doing that!

I notice the bird you are interested in is a rescue. I completely understand that and it's very rare for any bird to live out it's entire life in one place. They aren't dogs. They don't respond like dogs, and you can't correct their behavior like you would any other animal. In fact, it's very difficult, if not impossible, to change the way they behave. They are not domestic animals, but just tamed wild ones. That's a huge difference.

Please carefully consider adding any larger bird to your household. Read everything you can find, and note that a lot of things you read won't tell you both sides of the story. If you decide to go ahead with this, be prepared to see to it's care for at least 50 years, if not longer. And a good bit of that time, that bird will do things that will make you want to strangle it! Please don't throw it away like so many birds I've seen, and like the one you are interested in. It's truly a lifetime commitment.
06-15-2014 07:31 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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You know how we always tell people to be careful and do their research before getting a gsd? Parrots too!

Cockatiels are very sweet birds, bond well and can be good talkers. And the ones I've had lived into their 20s!

One other thing you might not be aware of....your birds will live longer if you can find an avian vet, they really need somone who knows what they are doing. Things can go south VERY quickly with a sick bird.
Thank you!
06-15-2014 06:12 PM
Brighteyes You know how we always tell people to be careful and do their research before getting a gsd? Parrots too!

Cockatiels are very sweet birds, bond well and can be good talkers. And the ones I've had lived into their 20s!

One other thing you might not be aware of....your birds will live longer if you can find an avian vet, they really need somone who knows what they are doing. Things can go south VERY quickly with a sick bird.
06-15-2014 05:52 PM
HarleyTheGSD I get so excited when I learn about a new animal, I just have to know all about it. I want to know if it would be right for me. Honestly, I'm being much too hasty. I have my entire life to get new animals. I need to relax and enjoy what I have now. There's always a chance in the future.
06-15-2014 05:45 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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Well, remember that they gotta poop somewhere! I have trained my sun conure not to do it on me but I have to pay attention to his body language or what happens isn't his fault.

I really wanted a grey at one point but already had two cockatiels, a blue fronted amazon, a yellow collared macaw and a dog. Decided it would not be fair to anyone and I' m glad I went that way. Having one bird that talks is PLENTY. It's like having a toddler....you wonder if they will ever talk and then you wonder if they will ever shut up! Right now the amazon is on the patio yelling my name....and has been for twenty minutes. Great, now it's switched to my husband.

The big question, at least is at my age is, are you prepared for a pet that could live 50 years?
That's an important thing to consider. Thank you!
06-15-2014 05:42 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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Originally Posted by gsdsar View Post
Why not have both? Seems odd to me to return an animal because you want something better? Like returning your dog because now you want a high drive sport dog?

You made the commitment. I say stick with that commitment and if you find you are looking for more, add another bird. It's not the cockatiels fault you want something else.


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Thank you. You're right. She is a great little bird. And I really like her. She may be adjusting slowly, but I understand that this is normal for a young, new bird. She'll come to love me.
06-15-2014 05:30 PM
Brighteyes Well, remember that they gotta poop somewhere! I have trained my sun conure not to do it on me but I have to pay attention to his body language or what happens isn't his fault.

I really wanted a grey at one point but already had two cockatiels, a blue fronted amazon, a yellow collared macaw and a dog. Decided it would not be fair to anyone and I' m glad I went that way. Having one bird that talks is PLENTY. It's like having a toddler....you wonder if they will ever talk and then you wonder if they will ever shut up! Right now the amazon is on the patio yelling my name....and has been for twenty minutes. Great, now it's switched to my husband.

The big question, at least is at my age is, are you prepared for a pet that could live 50 years?
06-15-2014 05:18 PM
gsdsar Why not have both? Seems odd to me to return an animal because you want something better? Like returning your dog because now you want a high drive sport dog?

You made the commitment. I say stick with that commitment and if you find you are looking for more, add another bird. It's not the cockatiels fault you want something else.


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06-15-2014 05:07 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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Greys can be pretty high strung. If it's mature and not used to dogs or a busy household, you could end up with self destructive behaviors. The y also require a lot of one on one to socialize well.
I'd have to find one that fits my lifestyle. I would be able to spend a lot of time with it. I'd want to bring him with me when I go certain places. Not sure if that's frowned upon or not...
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