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11-24-2012 02:22 AM
wendyjo Ahh yeah I forgot how messy they are - even the little guys. There will be food and seed hulls on the floor, feathers on the floor, and poop on the floor and walls. The good thing about bird poop (haha who knew there was anything good about poop?) is that it normally is odorless and it's also easy to clean up (compared to other animal poop).

I never liked seed skirts that you add onto the cage - the seeds always got stuck between the cage and the skirt. My canarys cage had a built in seed skirt and that worked well.

Also, be sure that the door(s) to the cage are convenient. My canary cage only had one large door that swung open to the right, and since he wasn't tame trying to get him out of there was awful. It was also very difficult to work in the cage changing out perches and toys without him trying to fly out to get away from my scarey arm and hand. And the budgie cage was so big it was nearly impossible to catch them. I would suggest multiple openings of various sizes. You'll also want a cover for the cage for bedtime.
11-22-2012 02:41 AM
Hmoobthor
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Originally Posted by silvertiger3450 View Post
will poop get on the wall if i put cage near wall
lol...yup...got so many poop on the wall! I try to put something to cover the back of the cage
11-22-2012 02:27 AM
silvertiger3450 will poop get on the wall if i put cage near wall
11-21-2012 06:38 PM
Hmoobthor i kept parakeet for 3 years...bought mine at petco as baby..

both grew up and bred to me giving me 3 baby which i give away... I just don't like the bird feather dust and poop everywhere
11-21-2012 01:11 PM
Unikorn Recently i've thought of using a seed catcher as well. I found one that is a lot plastic sheet that go around the cage bottom .As far as the size, its cut to fit and connect the two ends. i'm probably going to use two of them to make the seed catcher more effective. The plastic seed catcher at petco is cheaper than some I have.found online which are the exact same thing.

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11-19-2012 10:40 PM
callisto9
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do a bird cage need a seed skirt
Depends how much you want to vacuum.

Seed skirts are more hassle than they're worth, honestly.
11-19-2012 10:35 PM
TexasCichlid
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what kind of conure was it
Sun Conure
11-19-2012 10:23 PM
silvertiger3450 do a bird cage need a seed skirt
11-14-2012 03:11 AM
silvertiger3450 what toys do u have
11-12-2012 02:40 AM
snuffy317
Pet Birds

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
11-11-2012 11:59 PM
silvertiger3450 what kind of conure was it
11-06-2012 11:13 PM
TexasCichlid 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.
11-06-2012 11:07 PM
silvertiger3450 sounds cool. what were the cages u used for ur parrots or cockatiels
11-06-2012 09:35 PM
jbrady33 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
11-05-2012 09:09 PM
mmf_1013 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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