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Old 01-31-2014, 06:52 AM
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Re: Does anybody here have a MATURE caique?

As many horror stories and challenges I've read here I've heard and read just as many about amazons and toos . Like others have said, you need to be aware of what "might" happen and be prepared to accept it and deal with it. I personally would have no problem taking on a caique, but you couldn't pay me to take on a too. I know I'm not equipped to take on those potential challenges.
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:15 AM
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I'm about to get a Caique and it will be my first bird ever, and while this thread seems scary, there is a trend you typically see on forums for any kind of animals... I'm on forums for dogs, rats and chinchillas and it's all the same. Most people come to the forums to do research, but most actually post and participate only when they have issues and need help. So looking at a forum at face value, it seems like the animal in question is a nightmare or has major health issues in the breed, but in reality what you are not seeing is the vast majority of owners that are having no issues whatsoever.

Just my 2 cents to keep things in perspective My first month of reading about Chinchillas on a large chin forum, I thought mine would drop dead at any second. lol!
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Re: Does anybody here have a MATURE caique?

chiinchillas are very easy clean and quiet pets

Get prepared they are just as loud as my conure mine actually loves to hollar I find them more noise than the larger conures I dont know if this is rare or not lol He is my fave parrot but if i had him as my first bird ever i would not be happy lol

if it is your first bird but you have held and had experience with parrots?

if it is your first bird and you love birds think about getting a green cheeck I can understand how people would find caiques a lot of bird

llike a caique would be padderdale terrier in the dog world

green cheeks come in such cool colors and are smart like the big parrots and much more easy to manage

next step up i would say the sun and nandy conures and sengal parrots

i am going to clicker train my conure, he is wiling and up for anything all the time, i dont think my caique would enjoy it though.

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Re: Does anybody here have a MATURE caique?

my conure is 16 months old my jenday is sthis why hes so sweet all the time
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Quote: Originally Posted by cateyes221981 View Post
chiinchillas are very easy clean and quiet pets

Get prepared they are just as loud as my conure mine actually loves to hollar I find them more noise than the larger conures I dont know if this is rare or not lol He is my fave parrot but if i had him as my first bird ever i would not be happy lol

if it is your first bird but you have held and had experience with parrots?

if it is your first bird and you love birds think about getting a green cheeck I can understand how people would find caiques a lot of bird

llike a caique would be padderdale terrier in the dog world

green cheeks come in such cool colors and are smart like the big parrots and much more easy to manage

next step up i would say the sun and nandy conures and sengal parrots

i am going to clicker train my conure, he is wiling and up for anything all the time, i dont think my caique would enjoy it though.
I personally do not like Chins at all... they're actually not all that clean, there's about a 5 foot radius or more around the cage where there are droppings, bedding all hay all over the place, I had to vacuum daily my daughter's entire room as the pellets would get everywhere. And they're definitely not an animal that wants to play with you or get that much affection. They come to you when you come to the cage and hop in your arms, but then 10 minutes later they're fighting to get out of your arms to run around and chew your baseboards and furniture and want little to do with you. Extremely skittish, wants nothing to do with strangers and just overall not the kind of animal I can appreciate. They also poop constantly... as in like every 30 seconds or so. You can't actually handle your chin without droppings coming out at a steady pace because they have no bowel control, it just pops out when there's a volley ready to go. So anywhere you put your chin, you can bet there will be little brown presents everywhere. For anyone that thinks birds poop often, try a chin lol!

Actually everyone I spoke to told me without question that sun conures are MUCH louder than Caiques, in fact there is a decibel chart someone posted that shows Caiques are fairly low-medium in terms of volume and the conues were on the higher end. I also found that at the breeders I visited, the Caiques were fairly quiet compared to the rest and tended to chatter and whistle more than scream. The suns were screeching extremely loudly, I discounted them right away. I initially was looking at getting a Quaker, but quickly didn't like the territorial nature they generally develop with their cage. Out of all the birds I visited, the Caique was really my favorite, and I actually had no intention or had even heard of them until I really started looking. The green cheek was fine, but I saw nothing that made me swing to that breed.

This will be my first bird... I had a girlfriend years and years ago that had a tiel and a too that I played with, but that's about it.

I've raised a pair of huskies (you don't get much more stubborn and energetic than a pair of huskies) and currently have a wolf hybrid sweetie (She used to play with my rat) and had to deal with about 2 years of behavioral issues as she suffered from extreme separation anxiety. So I am OK with dealing with hard heads when necessary

I did ask at a couple of stores and a breeder if Conures were easier to manage than Caiques and I was told no, but that Caiques have higher energy and play harder, that's about it.

I'll start finding out in about 4 weeks lol!

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Re: Does anybody here have a MATURE caique?

@DanR - I had to laugh about the Chin Poops!! 5 foot radius hahaha! They're rodents right? Though I've never had a rodent, I'm well aware that they ALL are little poop machines constantly dropping them. Nothing against rodents or their owners , but personally no thanks to little brown presents everywhere!!
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i found rabbits and guinea pigs so much more messay than chins tho, they are my fave rodents i have ever owned

the dust bath was the only pain
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Re: Does anybody here have a MATURE caique?

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@DanR - I had to laugh about the Chin Poops!! 5 foot radius hahaha! They're rodents right? Though I've never had a rodent, I'm well aware that they ALL are little poop machines constantly dropping them. Nothing against rodents or their owners , but personally no thanks to little brown presents everywhere!!
LOL yep, they're rodents and they dish out little brown rice gifts constantly. Other small rodents aren't as bad, these guys are just a steady stream of poop.. it's like a handgun VS a tommy gun. My rat NEVER pooped in my hand and rarely anywhere but in his cage where he was potty trained. You can't really train a Chin, they can't hold it.

Rats are amazing pets, super intelligent and trainable... they're basically like a small dog to be honest. Only issue I have with rats is their very short lifespan Otherwise they are perfect pets.

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Dan, LOL!!! LOL!!!!
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