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Do you believe in "starter" birds?

So do you believe in "starter" birds. Why or why not?
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Old 07-10-2011, 10:29 AM
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Re: Do you believe in "starter" birds?

In my situation....I would have to say "yes" but everyone is different...
In my case I was terrified of birds until a little lovebird came along and stole my heart.
I knew nothing about bird care but dived in with her....she taught me a lot...I never knew you could get so much love from a bird...then I decided I wanted to try a bigger bird so I studied all I could about caiques (not much out there) and got my Leroy...he in turn taught me too but I credit ava for teaching me a lot....I don't think I personally would have been ready for Leroy if I hadn't had ava first...
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Re: Do you believe in "starter" birds?

i'd say it would depend on the person, rather then the bird! all i have read on nut, sene's would make her sound ideal as a first bird, but her behaviour, nearly put me off birds all together

no where did it state, she would become a pyscho aerial killer, out stubborn a diva on a bad day, and destroy furniture, dacor an what ever she can get her beak on!

but i won't change her, she is what we have made her i think as i do let her run riot
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Old 07-10-2011, 12:59 PM
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Re: Do you believe in "starter" birds?

I absolutely believe in "starter" birds, but I also believe there are exceptions the rule...so to speak. I believe in starter birds because they can build confidence, you learn about their body language, likes, dislikes, care and health and well being and commitments of bird ownership.

However, I'm a strong believer that more than thinking...a certain breed makes a better starter bird then another bird may be...it's MOST important to find a first bird that chooses YOU. And even THEN...there is NO GUARANTEE. Great "starter" bird or not, if that bird decides for no particular reason at all that he or she just flat out does not like you...bird ownership can be totally miserable.

Although this hasn't happened to me (knock on wood) I've known people it has happened to...and sadly...they "hate" birds now and don't at all understand the joy I am experiencing. Then again, probably better for the birds that these individuals "don't like" birds anymore.

In my opionion handfed/tame Conures (especially green cheek variations) and Cockatiels make great starter birds. I think if you are thinking of working up to a large parrot a conure is your best choice for a starter bird as they seem to have large parrot personalities in a little body and their bites won't take off a finger

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Re: Do you believe in "starter" birds?

YES, whole heartedly.
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Old 07-10-2011, 03:30 PM
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Re: Do you believe in "starter" birds?

Quote: Originally Posted by suebee View Post
i'd say it would depend on the person, rather then the bird! all i have read on nut, sene's would make her sound ideal as a first bird, but her behaviour, nearly put me off birds all together

no where did it state, she would become a pyscho aerial killer, out stubborn a diva on a bad day, and destroy furniture, dacor an what ever she can get her beak on!

but i won't change her, she is what we have made her i think as i do let her run riot
In all my reading on caiques....and I studied for months before I got him...Nowhere did it say anything about jekyl/hyde behavior.....oh man, have I ever learned to read that bird.....
When I say good morning to him, I always say "Good morning, who do we have today? Leroy or Lucifer?."
I couldn't love him more then I do...he keeps me on my toes and has taught me a lot about birds and myself and how to over come my fear of him when he is having a "lucifer" day. He just wants to be loved and cared for, no matter who he is that day.
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Re: Do you believe in "starter" birds?

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i'd say it would depend on the person, rather then the bird! all i have read on nut, sene's would make her sound ideal as a first bird, but her behaviour, nearly put me off birds all together

no where did it state, she would become a pyscho aerial killer, out stubborn a diva on a bad day, and destroy furniture, dacor an what ever she can get her beak on!

but i won't change her, she is what we have made her i think as i do let her run riot
In all my reading on caiques....and I studied for months before I got him...Nowhere did it say anything about jekyl/hyde behavior.....oh man, have I ever learned to read that bird.....
When I say good morning to him, I always say "Good morning, who do we have today? Leroy or Lucifer?."
I couldn't love him more then I do...he keeps me on my toes and has taught me a lot about birds and myself and how to over come my fear of him when he is having a "lucifer" day. He just wants to be loved and cared for, no matter who he is that day.

lmao yup they do! my man upset the nut today so she bit him, an he shooved her in room with me, an shut the door! grrr she was in full dirty looks an will bite mode, i got a loverly bruise on back of my hand an all tut
spent most of the evening head rubs an sayin NO BITE!! lol
think i sent her to bed pacified
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Re: Do you believe in "starter" birds?

I dont think that anyone should start off with, say a macaw or cockatoo. But I dont think you have to get a budgie or tiel to start off. I'd say it depends on the person and their situation.
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Re: Do you believe in "starter" birds?

absolutely yes ~~ at least you get to know the basic care and attention for birds ~~ how to deal with their sickness or etc etc ~~ unexperienced owner would best not to start with big birds like macaw .. amazon or grey. Budgies and cockatiel would be my recommendation to any new starter ~~
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Re: Do you believe in "starter" birds?

Interesting question, I've been thinking about this myself lately, seeing people post recommendations for people new to birds to get a smaller one first. I have to say it seems a bit insulting to these smaller birds - to be purchased and cared for as practice and preparation for the bird that person really wants. I think it's a good idea to suggest lower maintenance (smaller, quieter) birds to first-timers, but not really as "first birds," more just because I think some people want their bird to be impressive and pretty and might not even consider that a smaller bird can also be intelligent and a great pet - a pet to have instead of that macaw and not in preparation for it. In my family, we got a pionus and then an amazon a couple years later. I guess you could consider the pionus a "first" bird, but she does bite and her behavior is not as good as the amazon's. Pretty much everything I know about taking care of birds comes from my experience with my amazon. I've had some behavioral and screaming issues with her in the past, but that would have happened whether or not I'd had a "practice" bird of my own first (the pionus doesn't like me much). I think that lots of warning about screaming, biting, and constant need for attention is really what's needed for potential new parrot owners, not the condescending suggestion that they get a practice bird first to prove that they're worthy.
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