(Closed) Does anyone have a bird?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My bf has a blue and gold magaw, which is definatly loud……Unforeantly we have had to train to him to learn that if he screams his cage will get covered, and he will go to bed…We can’t allow him to get too loud or noisy due to living in an apt complex. If we had our own house we wouldnt mind him being loud…its in their nature to be loud, and kinda sux having to punish him from being loud….but they are very smart, and are basically like having a two year olds.

Maybe invest in teaching him some new words or tricks?? and reward him or her with treats for being good. As far as eating, I have no idea…we mix his fruit pellets with some fresh seed…even though the seed has no nutritional value, its its fav, and we put the seed on the buttom of the bowl with the pellets on top, so he has to work to get to it.

Other than that just play with him, to tire him out, or let him have some out of cage exercise…walking around or being perched on the cage door ect.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

We just have a parakeet that we got a week ago. Sadly, she’s still a little bit afraid of us and her new surroundings. She seems to be perking up a bit, though. DH and I are reading everything we can find on them and apparently this is normal! Sorry, I have no advice (obviously!) but having a bird has been great so far :).

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Over the years I’ve been owned by a Congo African Grey, a Greenwing Macaw and  for a short time a Moluccan Cockatoo (massive screamer, had her on a trial basis as a rehome, she went back to breeder because she screamed and SWORE like a sailor and I had two small kids) and we are expecting a baby Grey to come home in August.

Screaming is a cockatoos birthright, its what they do, there is no getting around it but usually it is limited to mornings and evening. Seed is bad, it makes them fat and has no nutritional value. All parrots should eat a diet of quality commercial pellets and real food. Veggies and a bit of fruit, a chicken thigh bone once in a while, cooked egg etc.

Parrots are not domesticated animals, they are still hardwired to spend 15 hours a day foraging for food but in captivity they dont need to  and a bored bird is a screaming or destructive bird. Foraging toys, toys to chew (all Toos chew) and shred will keep birdy busy and quiet. There is a ton of information on the internet about making foraging toys, turning food into toys by hanging it on skewers or hiding in in spots around the cage and making a game of it. There are also many website dedicated to parrot behaviour and cockatoos themselves. Advice from other Too owners is invaluable, I really suggest you look for these forums and join them.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@jlpalumbo:  We have two birds – an English budgie and a golden conure/Queen of Bavaria conure. We consider ourselves quite blessed in the bird department as the budgie keeps himself very entertained and loves toys and the QOB is very friendly and sweet, though a little shy but not nippy at all. We definitely trust him around children and others. He’s noisy when he knows we’re home and he is in his room, but when he’s out on his perch in the main living areas, he’s mostly quiet with a few random “toots” now and then. He’s not really into toys (there are only a few he likes) but he does like to shred paper.

The Toos are tough! We love the look of them but we knew we couldn’t handle them long term. I don’t know how to keep a noisy bird quiet (aside from giving it attention – which is not a solution) but for a picky eater, have you tried eating in front of your bird? Ours likes to eat whatever we’re having and even our budgie will fly down and peck at the dogs’ meals. Our QoB will try just about anything we’re eating, even though he may flick it away after a taste. Per the breeder, we only feed the QoB pellets, with small amounts of seeds (very rarely!) and fruits, bread, nuts and eggs as snacks.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My hubby and I own two parakeets and I always post my questions on a bird forum to get the best answers. Tongue Out

Here is a Cockatoo site you may find useful:

 

http://www.mytoos.com/main.shtml

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Has the bird bonded to your FI?  How much attention does the bird get throughout the day?

 

Cockatoos unfortunately are a noisy bunch.  They scream, and it’s just what they do.  The one I birdsit a lot seems quieter when he’s entertained by something and getting affection.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have a cockatiel! He loves the radio, when we are home, with no noise, he squaks and screams, turn on the radio, it stops.. he also likes to be out with us, if he can’t see us, he’s not happy!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@jlpalumbo:  EEEP! Watch out for the toys on oriental trading!! If they have lead they CAN and MAY kill the bird, I just had a friend with a Cockatoo go through that, her bird ALMOST died, but the vet saved him (after LOTS AND LOTS of money spent)

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My friend who bought the toy bought an ACTUAL bird toy, that was supposed to be 100% safe (according to the packaging!!!) Just be leary, I haven’t bought my poor birdy new toys in so long because I am afraid of poisioning him!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@jlpalumbo:  They’re SUPPOSED to be… All those lead in kid toy stories lately scare me too o_O thank goodness I don’t have kids.. yet

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Amazon.com has great toys, cheap and usually free shipping and all good quality, bird safe  stuff.

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