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great advice wendyjo!
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IMO that cage is on the small end of what I would put a green cheek in, but looks like it would be adequate especially if you have the bird outside of the cage each day form a good amount of time. Personally, I'd still go bigger if space and budget allow.
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I'd go bigger if possible. For only $30 more, you could get this:
http://www.petco.com/product/118292/...20Stand-118292

Unless space is an issue.

Keep in mind, green cheeks can live 20+ years! Get as big of a cage as you possibly can; that will be their home for a long time!
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I'd go bigger if possible. For only $30 more, you could get this:
http://www.petco.com/product/118292/...20Stand-118292

Unless space is an issue.

Keep in mind, green cheeks can live 20+ years! Get as big of a cage as you possibly can; that will be their home for a long time!
+1. That cage is great and many recommend it for green cheeks.
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i don't have enough room. anything smaller than that but bigger than the 20x 20
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post #37 of 53 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 01:48 AM
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I've had a Senegal Parrot, named 'Baby" for 28 years. She was being hand fed when I adopted her 28 years ago this month.
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We had a Pacific Parrotlet for a few years. It was technically my son's but my wife was home all day with it and ended up really bonding with it. It was a great bird that was never noisy and small enough it wasn't a huge mess.

We went on vacation and had a friend sit him at their house. When we got back I think he was really mad at my wife for I guess "abandoning" him for a week. After that he bit her every time she pulled him out and we ended up finding him another home.

If you get one make sure it comes from a good breeder that handles them right from when they are young. We sure do miss that bird. Good luck!

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My wife and I had a cockatiel for a few years. Unfortunatley, we decided to return him to the breeded when we were trying for a baby. The dust was an issue.
He was awesome. I agree with the above statements that people do not give pet birds the respect they deserve. Our guy, Scooter, would whistle a variety of songs and even said a few words. He even let us know when it was time for bed by repeating "good night!"

If the cage is an issue, you might want to consider a budgy (parakeet). They are not throw away birds and can learn tricks and can be very personable. Some can ever learn a few words. (albeit they speak in a very high pitch, and rather quickly) Another reason a larger cage is important is that they will have more sturdy bars. Conures will have a very strong beak and will make short work of thinner bars.

All in all, I cannot wait until my son is older and we decide to bring a bird back into our lives. We have been thinking about a female eclectus for a little while now!
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Had a red lored Amazon for years, taught it to talk and everything. Was a great pet when I lived alone, but hated women with a passion. When I got married the first time and had a little girl I had to find it a new home.

He/she was a lot of fun, taught it to say "Birds can't talk" whenever someone tried to get it to talk


VERY messy pets though
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sounds cool. what were the cages u used for ur parrots or cockatiels
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Had a parakeet for a number of years, lived to be about 10 while we had it. We found it in my yard as an adult, flew to my finger from the tree when called during the winter. No idea how old it was when we got it. Very smart, talkative, liked to cuddle and love on earlobes and ride in shirt pockets. Great bird.

Tried our luck with a conure a couple years back. Got it from a breeder, hand fed, young. We sucked it up for a couple months but the noise was just unbearable. Also, could simply not get it to quit biting. I've worked with birds before, and maybe I did not have the patience for this one, but we ended up rehoming it. Still noisy, still bites.

I would like to try a parrotlet sometime, but for now dogs and fish are our thing.
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what kind of conure was it
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Researched parrots for a long time and finally went with a Congo African Grey. Africans are suppoed to be quiter than amazons. Bought Scrappy a little over 2 yrs ago at 2yrs of age. Very intelligent bird, with an extended vocabulary. Will ask the dog "Obadiah wanna go out", says goodnight when the lights go out, and it's favorite "I'm in love with a stripper",LMAO. Like so many have said, takes great care and birds can be quite messy. Typically parrots will bond with a human of opposite sex, not always and are flock creatures that sometimes don't do well with strangers, those out of the flock. Snuffy317
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what toys do u have
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