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Green Cheek Conure, you seem to know what you're after! 5 45.45%
Quaker Parakeet, their personalities will surprise you! 0 0%
Cockatiel, the most affectionate/musical option! 3 27.27%
Hold off, maybe this isn't the best decision. 3 27.27%
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Old 09-24-2020, 12:31 AM
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Hi everyone,

For a few years now, I've been stricken with a love for parrots. It started with Cockatiels, and has, more recently, spread to Conures and Quakers. I started a similar thread 2 years ago, but a lot has changed since then. With 2020 providing a lot of idle time to dedicate to thinking about potentially bringing one home (if the opportunity arises), the likelihood of it happening continues to grow. That being said, there are still questions I have that will keep me from making any choices until they're answered! And that's exactly what brings me here.But before I get to the details of such , I'll shed a little light on my living situation/lifestyle.

For starters, I live with a family of 4 (myself included) in a rather large household (roughly 4200 square feet). A good thing to mention is the fact that we do have a small dog as well (a miniature schnauzer), but old age has definitely made him a soft, calm, and passive observer more than anything. Like I said, the house is rather large, and we have a lot of free and open space to spare. In thinking about where the parrot would likely be kept, I was thinking of having two cages: one in the kitchen for the day (when I'm not around), and one in my room for the evening/night/morning. The kitchen itself is large, has quite a few windows, and is probably the "busiest" area of our home. (And just to be clear, we are all aware of all the changes that need to be made in our home chemical and product wise, and the bird would never be in the kitchen while someone is cooking.) My room is on the upper floor, is both large and well-lit, and is where the bird would be spending most of its time with me. If you have any questions or concerns about either location, I'm happy to provide details and am more than open to suggestions about cage placement.

As a whole, we are a pretty 'in-and-out' family - well, when covid isn't keeping everyone at home at least - but that doesn't mean the house is empty for long. The only one working at the moment is myself, but at a very minimal 4 hours a week in the evening. This is because my time is now predominantly spent at home attending university online, which has reawakened my interest and heightened the potential of bringing a parrot home. My younger brother is in school, and my parents are both working from home. At most, the house will be unoccupied for maybe an hour or two, if not less. But again, my life is now rooted here, and it's where I spend nearly all of my time. Further still, the idea of moving out isn't really in question, and it won't be for quite some time. The house almost always has someone in it, whether it be my parents or my brother, and they have all agreed to care for the bird in the event I am unable. I hope that's enough to give a sense of what kind of environment the parrot would be living in, but if you have any further questions, feel free to ask!

As it stands, I am leaning towards a Green-cheeked Conure. My local pet store (which is independent and locally owned) actually works with a breeder from Vancouver, who breeds, rescues and hand-raises Conures. I've spoken with him quite a bit, and have spent lots of time around the birds he brings in for me to meet... Often finding myself in the store for hours. I've done about as much research and forum-searching as I can, and have asked countless questions to both the breeder and the pet shop. While it does seem that everything would work out, I'm still worried that I'll make the wrong decision. And even though I'm fully prepared to prioritize the bird, as is my family, I'm sure you can understand that a choice such as this comes with uncertainty.

Is a Green-cheeked Conure the right choice for me? Like I said, I've been torn between them, Cockatiels, and Quakers. They all have such wonderful personalities and potentials that I'd happily embrace. The only thing I'd like to prioritize in terms of qualities or traits would be their ability to socialize and interact. Living at home, with a family that is just as smitten with parrots as I am, I'd like to be able to share the love - though having a personal bond is probably the most important. The more goofy, curious, and playful the better, but I suppose that all depends on the bird itself. As I had mentioned previously, we are all prepared to make changes to our lives and give what's needed to make sure this is the right decision. It means a whole lot to all of us, myself especially, and we all understand this isn't an easy or light choice to make. If it's of any concern to those reading, budget is no real issue here. Even if it's easier said than done, I can affirm that this bird would be my top priority, and I want to take it in knowing I can give it a good home, a good quality of life, and endless love.

I think that's about it! Again, if there are any important details that I missed, don't hesitate to ask. Ans if you do decide to vote in the poll, please explain your vote! Thank you in advance!

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Re: First Parrot

Hello and welcome!

You describe a family of 4 but don’t actually desactive your station in it (unless I overlooked it). Are you a child in this family or the parent? How old are you? That makes a big difference here.
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Hello and welcome!

You describe a family of 4 but don’t actually desactive your station in it (unless I overlooked it). Are you a child in this family or the parent? How old are you? That makes a big difference here.
He's specified that he lives with his parents and that he has a younger brother. So I'm pretty sure that he's the older child is his family. He's also said he goes to university but didn't specify his exact age.
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I have a quaker that was given up by a college student. College is a busy ( when non pandemic), school, friends, dating, work, hobbies, travel. Tge guy tgst gave him up to me had a huge love of parrots, and had been providing excellent care. But the noise , and the time a parrot needs, and some safety issues with roommates made him re home the burd.

I can tell you numerous times we have had roommates try abd harm parrots. Parrots are up and loud at sunrise. And some people seem to hav a hate / fear of parrots.

We have tons of people who are in a relationship , or married. And the parrot is a source of fighting . The person that joined the relationship doesn't understand truly that the parrot demands hours of attention every dingle day for 25 years, that yiu have to make so many concess for their safety...that tge parrot will see tgrm as a rival and hate them, bite them.

I am not wanting to be a bummer, and bring up all tge negative stuff. Its just that its very simular to taking on a 3 year old child, you will make sacrifice , like traveling. Its difficult to travel with your burd, and they suffer when you leave them .

Parrots are fantastic, incredible, intelligent, oh so messy, demanding...

Quakers are the most demanding of the species
Youve narrowed down to. I love them for sure. But a green cheek and cockatiels will tolerate being in the cage while yiu are at work or school. A quaker will likely self destruct. They are highly social, intelligent, and active. And they like to make noise , and turn to screaming when un happy or bored. They will also pluck and mutilate their bodies when their social, intellectual, and excerise needs aren't met.... at age 1-2 years tgey can become attack parrot cage aggressive. Still great away from the cage tho! Worse during breed season , i d open the door to hsve em fly at my face . A baby won't be this way till older, so it must be keot in mind that this could happen when they become adults, and must be worked around.

In 2 years will you be out of the house working 8 hours a day and then hitting tge gym....

Anyway im going to give yiu advice itger might not agree with. Get a green cheeck conure and a quaker , tgey must have their own cages. If you get both at the same time as fully weaned young babies , 90% going to be friends. Both if these species are social preeners, tgey are a goid match for squabbles, while the quaker is larger, GCC are fierce with tge sharp beak. Having a friend will be beneficial with their well being and mental health.
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Re: First Parrot

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Hello and welcome!

You describe a family of 4 but donít actually desactive your station in it (unless I overlooked it). Are you a child in this family or the parent? How old are you? That makes a big difference here.
He's specified that he lives with his parents and that he has a younger brother. So I'm pretty sure that he's the older child is his family. He's also said he goes to university but didn't specify his exact age.
Thanks! Thatís what happens with distracted reading. Thought I may have overlooked something.
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Re: First Parrot

If you can tolerate some nipping, then you can't beat the love and cuddles and goofy personality of a Green Cheek Conure, IMHO.

That being said, you sound like you're taking this quite seriously and have a great, mature attitude. Just be sure to think about where you might be in 5 years or 10 years and be prepared to consider your Fid when you are going through life and changes that will always come.
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Re: First Parrot

Green cheek conures, while they tend to be the least screamy of the conure species, still has the potential to be the loudest of the three species you're looking at, so that's definitely a factor.

As for cage in the kitchen: sounds good as long as its almost strictly for when you are gone. Good thinking about not having the bird there when you are cooking (and I'm assuming you are scrapping all teflon cookware or putting the bird behind a closed door), but also beware of tons of other dangers in the kitchen - a bird should never be in there unsupervised.

It's important to think about what will happen once covid is over. I volunteer with a parrot rescue and we have had lots of people coming in wanting a companion, but once covid is over their life will change significantly. If your family will take care of the bird while you are gone, they will need to build relationship with it too. Any of those species have the potential to bond with multiple people, but only if they are persistent in working with the bird. Trick training is a great way to build bridges between the bird and a family member who it may not usually interact with much

I may be telling you things you already know, but you can never be reminded too many times - I've learned that firsthand! Quakers are the most unpredictable so I may steer clear of them unless you were head over heels.
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Hello and welcome!

You describe a family of 4 but don’t actually desactive your station in it (unless I overlooked it). Are you a child in this family or the parent? How old are you? That makes a big difference here.
Totally valid! ChocolateChipCookiez got it right though, I'm the one currently attending university
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" Green cheek conures, while they tend to be the least screamy of the conure species, still has the potential to be the loudest of the three species you're looking at, so that's definitely a factor."

I don't agree with that
Quaker are notorious for their loudness, and for vocalize ( screaming/chatter) for long oer of time. Tgey like to maje noise, and they are go to maje even more if they are board or frustrated, or hormonal calling for a mate.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Laurasea View Post
I have a quaker that was given up by a college student. College is a busy ( when non pandemic), school, friends, dating, work, hobbies, travel. Tge guy tgst gave him up to me had a huge love of parrots, and had been providing excellent care. But the noise , and the time a parrot needs, and some safety issues with roommates made him re home the burd.

I can tell you numerous times we have had roommates try abd harm parrots. Parrots are up and loud at sunrise. And some people seem to hav a hate / fear of parrots.

We have tons of people who are in a relationship , or married. And the parrot is a source of fighting . The person that joined the relationship doesn't understand truly that the parrot demands hours of attention every dingle day for 25 years, that yiu have to make so many concess for their safety...that tge parrot will see tgrm as a rival and hate them, bite them.

I am not wanting to be a bummer, and bring up all tge negative stuff. Its just that its very simular to taking on a 3 year old child, you will make sacrifice , like traveling. Its difficult to travel with your burd, and they suffer when you leave them .

Parrots are fantastic, incredible, intelligent, oh so messy, demanding...

Quakers are the most demanding of the species
Youve narrowed down to. I love them for sure. But a green cheek and cockatiels will tolerate being in the cage while yiu are at work or school. A quaker will likely self destruct. They are highly social, intelligent, and active. And they like to make noise , and turn to screaming when un happy or bored. They will also pluck and mutilate their bodies when their social, intellectual, and excerise needs aren't met.... at age 1-2 years tgey can become attack parrot cage aggressive. Still great away from the cage tho! Worse during breed season , i d open the door to hsve em fly at my face . A baby won't be this way till older, so it must be keot in mind that this could happen when they become adults, and must be worked around.

In 2 years will you be out of the house working 8 hours a day and then hitting tge gym....

Anyway im going to give yiu advice itger might not agree with. Get a green cheeck conure and a quaker , tgey must have their own cages. If you get both at the same time as fully weaned young babies , 90% going to be friends. Both if these species are social preeners, tgey are a goid match for squabbles, while the quaker is larger, GCC are fierce with tge sharp beak. Having a friend will be beneficial with their well being and mental health.
Thank you so much! I really appreciate the detailed message, and you bring forward a lot of valid points. I've definitely thought about getting two parrots before, and would consider it if the right ones came along.
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