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Old 10-24-2012, 11:33 PM   #16
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i was thinking of a green cheek conure or a maroon bellied conure. is there a way to not have that much dust around a cockatiel?
I had two green cheeks up until my daughter was born. The wife wasn't keen on keeping them around. They are great birds if raised/trained properly. The first one I got was the best bird I've ever been around. Never bit, easily trained (I did clicker training), and rarely made any noise unless asked to. The second one I got was a different bird all together. She bit at first, screamed, etc... but I was able to break that for the most part. All-in-all I had a great experience with my green cheeks and wish I still had them/had the space for them. I will never have another bird though as I agree they are a TON of work. I work from home so I got to spend all (work) day with them as I had them in my office. I couldn't imagine how attention starved they would have been if I worked outside my home.

If you're keen on getting a bird, I would also look into Senegal Parrots. No direct experience with them, but many of the forums I used to frequent I always remember people saying how great they were (and quiet). I was very close to getting one before I got my second green cheek. Just a thought though, either way do TONS of research on the proper care for the specific bird you're wanting!
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:47 PM   #17
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do all birds give of dust?
Kinda. When they get new feathers in, the keratin sheath sheds, and that can be a kind of dust. Sort-of like how we shed dead skin cells.

But, cockatiels specifically give off a powdery dust unlike all other birds. For instance, if I hold my cockatiel against a black shirt, there will be a powdery residue on it when I take him away from my shirt. No biggie to me.
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:01 PM   #18
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I had two green cheeks up until my daughter was born. The wife wasn't keen on keeping them around. They are great birds if raised/trained properly. The first one I got was the best bird I've ever been around. Never bit, easily trained (I did clicker training), and rarely made any noise unless asked to. The second one I got was a different bird all together. She bit at first, screamed, etc... but I was able to break that for the most part. All-in-all I had a great experience with my green cheeks and wish I still had them/had the space for them. I will never have another bird though as I agree they are a TON of work. I work from home so I got to spend all (work) day with them as I had them in my office. I couldn't imagine how attention starved they would have been if I worked outside my home.

If you're keen on getting a bird, I would also look into Senegal Parrots. No direct experience with them, but many of the forums I used to frequent I always remember people saying how great they were (and quiet). I was very close to getting one before I got my second green cheek. Just a thought though, either way do TONS of research on the proper care for the specific bird you're wanting!
what is the cage u used
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:47 PM   #19
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what is the cage u used
When I housed them separately they each had this cage:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009RVVZ7K

Eventually, they paired up and were inseparable so I upgraded them to this:

http://www.birdcagesgalore.com/large...es/CC3232.html

At the time (3-4 years ago), when I bought the corner cage the bar spacing was only 3/4" which is a bit big for a green cheek, but I never had any issues and they absolutely LOVED all the space. I know most people don't get such a large cage for green cheeks or birds of similar size, but I'm a firm believer that they need space and trust me, they played on every inch of that cage. Go as big as you can afford/will fit in your space/matches the bar spacing requirements for your bird.
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:08 PM   #20
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what toys did you have
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:52 PM   #21
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what toys did you have
I had a ton of different ones. I ordered many from birdtoys.com

http://www.birdtoys.com/Default.asp

Just choose the appropriate size and you're good. I found my green cheeks each liked different toys so I would cater to each of their needs
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:49 PM   #22
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oh. what were the most common toys you had
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:58 PM   #23
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We have a green rumped parrotlet. She is small, sort of parakeet sized, but ALL parrot. (their closest relatives are Amazons). We've had her for 8 years now, and really enjoy her. She's got a large powder coated cage (and it's hard to find big, sturdy cages with spacing appropriate for small birds) but as other people have said, she really needs to spend a LOT of time out of her cage.

The only thing that's a bit of a pain about her is that she definitely considers our family her "flock", and looks on all guests as interlopers. She's definitely not trustworthy with anyone outside the family. She'll land on them then bite them! With us, she's a snuggle bug.

She makes more noise than a parakeet, but she's not ANYWHERE near as loud as cockatiel. She technically belongs to my son, and he go her when he was 11, and tired of the short lives of his beloved string of hamsters. they supposedly live about 20 years, so he'll still have her when he's finished with college and out on his own.

We bought her from a local breeder shortly after she fledged. (I guess hand feeding these tiny ones can be tricky). She tamed down very quickly, though. I think parrotlets are a great into parrot. Cute as the dickens, definite "parrot personality" and a moderate life span. Plenty of time to develop a great relationship, but not a (human) life-time commitment. More like a dog or cat commitment. She's also small enough that she's very portable, and isn't destructive as big parrots can be.

As others have said, we buy her LOTS of toys, and change them regularly to keep her interest. Her FAVORITE toy, though, is a set of metal measuring spoons that she "beats up" daily. They are in her cage all the time.

I haven't seen any dust to speak of, but first, she's very small, and second, she bathes almost daily if given a bowl of warm water. So she probably keeps the dust down pretty well herself.

She did break a pin feather once, and we had to take her to the vet to have it pulled. I knew, intheory, what to do, but she is SO small, and was struggling and bleeding SO much, I didn't feel like I could handle it myself. 30 seconds in the vet's office (he's a bird specialist) and she was fine again.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:23 PM   #24
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krandall, great advice you've shared!
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yeap. krandall, great advice! im still looking at the different cages.
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Old 11-03-2012, 01:24 AM   #26
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would this one house a green cheek conure?

http://www.petco.com/product/114152/...ed-_-Product_3
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:38 AM   #27
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I've had budgies for many years and I had a canary as well. The budgies were fun, but not tame, their chattering and antics playing with each other were always entertaining. I started out with 4 of them in a large cage (like the ones in the pic above - and I also skirted mine but I used velcro) and after 6 years I only had one left. I didn't want to get another and the one left was very lonely after being part of a flock his whole life, so I rehomed him to a woman who had a bird rescue. She integrated him into her flock and last I heard he was quite happy.

The canary was a stray that a neighbor found. He wasn't tame either, but I believe that birds in the finch family are hard to tame in general. He had the absolute BEST song tho - and he'd sing all day long. The louder we'd turn up the TV the louder he'd sing. I sure miss that little guy - he was totally awesome.

Here is what I found to be the biggest drawback with birds - vet costs. You need to find an avian vet, which may not be easy depending on where you live - a regular dog & cat vet will have no idea how to treat a bird. And they are NOT cheap. One of our budgies got sick - Lord we must have spent $1000 on that little girl and she still died. We had a necropsy done and it turned out she had gizzard disease even tho she never had grit and had a great diet of pellets and fresh fruits and veges. She also had a cataract which cost a small fortune to treat. Our Canary developed a tumor on his leg and that cost us a ton as well, and he also didn't pull thru. And if you have small, untamed birds treating them at home can be extremely stressful on both you and the bird. So we opted to have them kept at the vets for some treatments and that cost was outrageous.

I'd love to have another bird - something a bit larger and not quite as fragile and something hand raised and tame. But the closet avian vet to us is just too far, so I'll stick with dogs and fish.

Oh yeah, one more thing. You have to be careful with some household things when you have birds. They don't do well in cold, drafty areas. You shouldn't cook with teflon pots around them - at high temps it releases a chemical that is deadly to them. Some candles are dangerous to use, as are most aerosol sprays. They are sensitive to alot of things so do your research.
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Great advice wendyjo. I will also 2nd the "vet bills are expensive" part. One of our parakeets who passed away this summer had a tumor or mass of some sort. To keep her comfortable, I took her in every week for nearly five months to be aspirated (have fluid drawn). When all was said and done, I spent close to $700. Yes, $700 on one $15 bird. I wouldn't have thought twice about it.

Recently, my cockatiel was under the weather. One trip to the vet with a gram stain (looked at his poo), blood test, well bird exam and meds was about $300. We've had him eight years.

You'll need to find an avian-certified vet and in some areas, they just aren't common. I'm lucky; I have an AWESOME vet here who works with birds and she's amazing.

I will have pet birds the rest of my life, but I am very prepared to take them to the vet if need be.

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would this one house a green cheek conure?

http://www.petco.com/product/114152/...ed-_-Product_3
I'd say that's too small. That's labelled as a finch cage. Conures need way more space.

I'd recommend this: http://www.petco.com/product/114149/...%20Cage-114149

Or larger.

I really like these. They are huge and a good price: http://www.petco.com/product/118292/...20Stand-118292
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I'd say that's too small. That's labelled as a finch cage. Conures need way more space.

I'd recommend this: http://www.petco.com/product/114149/...%20Cage-114149

Or larger.

I really like these. They are huge and a good price: http://www.petco.com/product/118292/...20Stand-118292
i was also looking at those.
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