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Old 01-24-2012, 06:25 PM
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how hard really is it to tame a rosella

hi everyone,
i have recently been looking into getting a companion parrot and i wanted something that would be attractive and make a good pet. i really like the look of rosella's particularily the rubino's and eastern varieties. im planning on getting a handfed baby male and after reading up on them i keep getting the idea that they are REALLY hard to tame down and never tame down and make horrible pets, is this all really true? does anyone on here have a rosella that is tamed well? i have trained budgies and cockatiels in the past but i know this is a whole other challenge....just thought i would mention it so everyone would know im not a new comer to parrots
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Re: how hard really is it to tame a rosella

I hope you get a positive anwser. Those are beautiful birds, and based off their size they might make a good choice of a second bird for me.
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Old 01-24-2012, 08:13 PM
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Re: how hard really is it to tame a rosella

thanks, i hope someone actually answers......they are stunning but everywhere i read everyone states that these birds are insanely difficult to tame and that they will never ever become tame but i find that hard to believe because every bird has its individual personality.....some budgies and cockatiels are really mean and difficult to tame but everyone says they are the easiest of birds to tame so there has to be some different cases
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Re: how hard really is it to tame a rosella

I don't have any personal experience with them, but I also think they are stunningly beautiful! I'm a member of another bird forum which has a few members who own rosellas. Everything I have read so far says that yes, it is usually difficult to tame them, but it definitely CAN be done.

I would imagine that just like any other bird, you would definitely have an easier time starting with a hand fed baby. I wish I knew more, but I hope this helps a little bit.
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Re: how hard really is it to tame a rosella

If there is a location near you where you can meet several rosellas that are available it might be worth while to check it out. When I got Bob she was one of about 10 tiels and I met them all. Unfortunately the prettiest one was unfriendly, but Bob was by far the friendliest and boldest so I got her. I have no regrets in my choice as she is a very sweet bird.
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Re: how hard really is it to tame a rosella

We breed a lot of Rosella's here in Australia & yes i am afraid they do live up to their reputation. Even a hand reared chick will more than likely turn feral by the time it's 12 months old. That said there is always the exception. Finding that exception would be the hardest part.

Rosella's are usually bred for aviary birds rather than the pet trade.
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Re: how hard really is it to tame a rosella

A friend of mine had a rosella, and it was relatively tame, and trained to step up and give kisses. Though it was not a friendly bird, and only liked its' owner. I, too, have heard of their difficult nature. This was the only one I knew that was not an aviary bird. They are beautiful. So, it can be done. But, seems uncommon.
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Re: how hard really is it to tame a rosella

Quote: Originally Posted by FutureDVM View Post
I don't have any personal experience with them, but I also think they are stunningly beautiful! I'm a member of another bird forum which has a few members who own rosellas. Everything I have read so far says that yes, it is usually difficult to tame them, but it definitely CAN be done.

I would imagine that just like any other bird, you would definitely have an easier time starting with a hand fed baby. I wish I knew more, but I hope this helps a little bit.
thanks guys, i wish i could find a group but in all honesty finding a single bird is hard enough let alone a group. can you please push me in the direction of that other forum too, i would like to see what the members there have to say about their pet rosellas. its really difficult for me because here i see this insanely attractive bird thats stunning and quite possibly the most beautiful bird in the world yet it is notorious for being a terrible pet. this is the stereotypical scenario where you meet this beautiful girl but her personality sucks so shes just there but not really lol. i could probably go with many other species that would make amazing pets but my only issue here is that (no offence to anyone's birds) i cant think of anything that wont scream, is not huge, has a good attitude, REALLY colorful and wont cost an arm or a leg. any suggestions
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Re: how hard really is it to tame a rosella

Have you ever considered a lory or a lorikeet? They are nectar eaters so their diet is a little(well, a lot) different and their poos are pretty nasty from what I hear, but they are stunning birds and can make really great pets.
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Re: how hard really is it to tame a rosella

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Have you ever considered a lory or a lorikeet? They are nectar eaters so their diet is a little(well, a lot) different and their poos are pretty nasty from what I hear, but they are stunning birds and can make really great pets.
thank you, i actually did consider them but i dont like their face.....haha let me explain. their disposition does not look friendly even if they might be and they are prone to scream and have bouts of aggression so i stay clear and i cant handle smelly poop lol
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