Parrot Forum Header Left  
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Community > General Parrot Information

General Parrot Information Post here for general parrot related topics

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 01-11-2017, 01:54 AM
Billdore's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
African Grey Timneh
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Vermont
Thanks: 1,663
Thanked 428 Times in 252 Posts
Billdore is on a distinguished road
How the heck do you guys do large flocks?

Sponsored Links
So i have already had my eye on the local rescue birds. I don't plan on getting another buddy anytime soon but I can see my self adding to my flock someday. Maybe in a couple of years. How do you find the time for more than one bird? Not really the cleaning or routine stuff but that takes time for sure, but more like time with your birds. How do you know if your bird would handle another bird? I know Timneh dealt with the other birds pretty well at the pet store, but this is getting to be her house. It was kind of fun to see three TAGs all hanging out cage to cage. Wasn't sure who was who till Timneh came running to me. How do you quarantine a new bird?
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 01-11-2017, 02:29 AM
Supporting Member
Parrots:
Goofy (YNA), Charlotte (Scarlet Macaw), Oscar (Goffin 'too). RIP Cookie, 1991-2016 ('tiel), Leo (Sengal). Grand-birds: Liam (budgie), Donovan (lovebird), RIP Angelo (budgie)
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: San Diego, CA
Thanks: 408
Thanked 1,688 Times in 771 Posts
BeatriceC is on a distinguished road
Re: How the heck do you guys do large flocks?

I'm a housewife and my kids are teenagers (one is mere months from legal adulthood). MrC is retired. I don't have a huge flock, but my macaw is disabled and is still a long way from being as rehabilitated as her physical disabilities will allow, so she's more work than the other three combined. Neither MrC nor I are much for going out/socializing, so it's a rare moment when both of us are gone at the same time. When we do go out, the 17 and 14 year olds can take over basic care for 1--2 days. How people with jobs can do it, I have no idea.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to BeatriceC For This Useful Post:
Billdore (01-11-2017)
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 01-11-2017, 07:21 AM
Shed's Avatar
Junior Member
Parrots:
B&G Macaw Yellow Collar Macaw Lears Macaw CAG Sun Eccys
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Chiang Mai
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Shed is on a distinguished road
Re: How the heck do you guys do large flocks?

I have 11 at home I use to do them feed and water twice a day feeding was quick cages cleaning was the slowest element daily and once a week the the cage are take into the garden and have the good clean with a pressure cleaner.
Now we have a new house keeper and she's taken over the feeding and cleaning so its now a snap.

Now I batch make fruit and veggie mixes once a fortnight and freeze the for use, and also give large pieces once a day. Also when things like passion fruit are on season we sit down and process there pulp and seeds into freezer bags and they last most of the year.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Shed For This Useful Post:
Billdore (01-11-2017)
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 01-11-2017, 07:47 AM
chris-md's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
Parker - male Eclectus Aphrodite - red throated conure (RIP)
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Maryland - USA
Thanks: 795
Thanked 2,616 Times in 1,184 Posts
chris-md is on a distinguished road
Re: How the heck do you guys do large flocks?

Quote: Originally Posted by Shed View Post
Also when things like passion fruit are on season we sit down and process there pulp and seeds into freezer bags and they last most of the year.
I assume you freeze this? Kind of brilliant, I've only bought one fruit at a time! How many would you estimate you go through?
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 01-11-2017, 10:56 AM
Billdore's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
African Grey Timneh
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Vermont
Thanks: 1,663
Thanked 428 Times in 252 Posts
Billdore is on a distinguished road
Re: How the heck do you guys do large flocks?

I wrap em in individual portions also so its easy peasy.

Last edited by Billdore; 01-17-2017 at 02:23 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 01-11-2017, 03:46 PM
davefv92c's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2016
Thanks: 266
Thanked 207 Times in 133 Posts
davefv92c is on a distinguished road
Re: How the heck do you guys do large flocks?

I have 6 and it is a job, I'm retired so I have all the time in the world.
__________________
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to davefv92c For This Useful Post:
Billdore (01-13-2017)
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 01-11-2017, 04:08 PM
Scott's Avatar
Super Moderator
Parrots:
Goffins: Gabby, Abby, Squeaky, Peanut, Popcorn / Citron: Alice / Eclectus: Angel /Timneh Grey: ET / Blue Fronted Amazon: Gonzo / RIP Gandalf and Big Bird, you are missed.
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: San Diego, California USA, Earth, Milky Way Galaxy
Thanks: 28,074
Thanked 14,958 Times in 6,467 Posts
Scott is on a distinguished road
Re: How the heck do you guys do large flocks?

Giving shared time can be a challenge. I have 9, though each have differing levels of demand. Three of the Goffins live together, cage hop, and are never locked inside. I can hang out with and satisfy them together. With the others it is more individualized. My Blue Front and Citron want little to do with people. I place one or more on my shoulder when preparing chop and cleaning cages. Sometimes eating breakfast and reading the paper offers the opportunity to have a mellow one on my lap, such as the Eclectus. You just work them into your routine.
__________________
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Scott For This Useful Post:
Billdore (01-13-2017)
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 01-13-2017, 10:59 AM
Billdore's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
African Grey Timneh
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Vermont
Thanks: 1,663
Thanked 428 Times in 252 Posts
Billdore is on a distinguished road
Re: How the heck do you guys do large flocks?

Timneh wants all my attention from the moment she hears me get up. Shes happiest on my shoulder sayin hello, what are you doing?.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 01-13-2017, 11:40 AM
Member
Parrots:
Nemo- CAG, Sebastian- Sun Conure, Rio- Senegal, Pepper- Senegal
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Kent, UK
Thanks: 1
Thanked 54 Times in 26 Posts
Aidualc is on a distinguished road
Re: How the heck do you guys do large flocks?

It's tricky and I can say for myself that it does come with a lot of guilt (I house 4). But generally.. as was mentioned above is be fair with the time. I must admit that I allow Nemo (CAG) out more than the others because of his size and he really likes to fly a lot whereas the other 3 are more climbers and aren't really bothered with the whole flying situation. The biggest problem is not being able to have them all out at the same time.. and that is something that needs to be factored in, which I have found out the hard way.. like people you can't force them to like each other.
So it's tricky, but definitely doable.. and as far as I know you won't know if they'll get on with other birds until you try.. plus you add territorial to the mix and it gets complicated fast.
But having multiple parrots is awesome.. slightly loud.. it messes with our Xbox kinect- Sebastian ALWAYS starts singing when we try using the voice command :P! So there is also that to factor in. But I would say it does come with some guilt.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Community > General Parrot Information
Remove Ads

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What the heck is going on? brianlinkles Macaws 13 01-02-2013 06:35 PM
What the heck?! Kern2012 Conures 5 12-17-2012 02:51 AM
Huge Flocks of Parrots WillMarlette General Parrot Information 8 08-21-2011 11:11 AM
What the Heck do I do now? Beilana Questions and Answers 9 09-03-2010 04:27 PM




Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2005 - 2009, Parrot Forums.com