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Old 05-12-2011, 02:15 PM
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Re: Which Parrot would you suggest?

I have never had a problem with a landlord not allowing parrots. I have lived in a lot of apartments and I was up front and honest about owning parrots, no one even 2nd guessed it. So I really wouldn't worry to much about that.
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Old 05-12-2011, 03:08 PM
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Re: Which Parrot would you suggest?

Savannah has bitten me a few times, but she has never made me bleed. Twice she has actually managed to bruise me. These were durning the times that she preferred to be with my husband and he was around while I was holding her. Knowing her signs, I can completely avoid situations that may result in a bite. With any bird, if you know the signs and respect the bird then you won't get bit. I have never had any severe bite but that may require extreme situations or if you encounter a bird that has not been handled.

She lets me pet her and I have been working on her for a while. If she is comfortable, I can pull out her wings and mess with her. Other times she might want to be held more than petted. It all depends. Though keep in mind I have only had her a couple months. We are still bonding and she is opening up more.
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Old 05-12-2011, 04:01 PM
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Re: Which Parrot would you suggest?

Here in Florida they are a concern due to close proximity to each other. It's getting harder and and harder to find an apartment that will take any pets at all other than fish here. Most leases stipulate no pets or pets must be approved by management. Unfortunately the tenants don't realize or think that the NO PET clause also pertains to birds. Once they get one and it starts it's vocalization, the tenant gets booted for violation of the lease I have seen it more than a few times when I used to get called to handle landlord tenant disputes.

It's gotten even worse in Central Florida since the housing boom of the past ten years since there has been so much building of apartment complexes. Other problems have started cropping up as of late also are HOME ONWERS ASSOCIATIONS, eventhough you buy a home, if it's in a subdivision with a a home owners association. They can restrict all kinds of things from parking on the grass, what color to paint your house to what kind of animals if any you can possess within the subdivision.

Thanksfully, I own my home, and it's not in a subdivision.
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Old 05-12-2011, 04:02 PM
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Re: Which Parrot would you suggest?

Quote: Originally Posted by skycon View Post
Savannah has bitten me a few times, but she has never made me bleed. Twice she has actually managed to bruise me. These were durning the times that she preferred to be with my husband and he was around while I was holding her. Knowing her signs, I can completely avoid situations that may result in a bite. With any bird, if you know the signs and respect the bird then you won't get bit. I have never had any severe bite but that may require extreme situations or if you encounter a bird that has not been handled.

She lets me pet her and I have been working on her for a while. If she is comfortable, I can pull out her wings and mess with her. Other times she might want to be held more than petted. It all depends. Though keep in mind I have only had her a couple months. We are still bonding and she is opening up more.
My little Senegal has bitten me a couple of times and drawn blood as well as my wife but once she has gotten used to us, it hasn't happened since.
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Old 05-12-2011, 04:16 PM
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Re: Which Parrot would you suggest?

When my caique reached the age of two, he started to display what I call "change on a dime behavior" and what I mean by this is that one minute he can be fine and the next he flips a switch...this intensified once he reached sexual maturity.
Now, I know what you are thinking....there is no such thing as change on a dime behaviors that there is always a reason. Ask other caique owners and most will tell you the same thing...Not all but most.
Anyway, I started trying different things with him to see if anything else could be causing this behavior...my birds only get seed about once a week anyway but after finding out that the hemp and pumpkin seed in most mixes affects the birds I decided to take it away from him all together....it has made a huge difference in his behavior...I am not saying this would work for everyone and I am in now way suggesting that people stop feeding seed....I am just letting you know it worked for me.
Again, I commend you on doing your homework. It tells me that you will be a responsible pet owner.
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Old 05-12-2011, 05:31 PM
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Re: Which Parrot would you suggest?

I call that behavior the Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde effect. My Senegal displays this as well. One minute, sugar couldn't melt in her mouth, then the next minute she will approach you while on her cage, bating you and making you think she wants to step up. But Nooooooo, she will reach her foot out to you, grabbing your finger and chmping down on it. But not hard enough to draw blood, but hard enough.

But then 5 minutes later, she comes over and crawls up my arm making kissing sounds.
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Old 05-12-2011, 06:12 PM
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Re: Which Parrot would you suggest?

Quote: Originally Posted by mtdoramike View Post
I call that behavior the Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde effect. My Senegal displays this as well. One minute, sugar couldn't melt in her mouth, then the next minute she will approach you while on her cage, bating you and making you think she wants to step up. But Nooooooo, she will reach her foot out to you, grabbing your finger and chmping down on it. But not hard enough to draw blood, but hard enough.

But then 5 minutes later, she comes over and crawls up my arm making kissing sounds.

LOL...sounds like my caique....He will say "come here, step up" letting me know that he wants to step up and I swear I see him batting his lashes at me. (if he had lashes LOL) he will act like he is going to step up and then bite right through my flesh and draw blood....needless to say, I have learned the hard way to read him really well.....he is my little jekyl and hyde bird. I couldn't love him anymore then I do.

I get so angry when places try to sell this species as a clown bird and great with children and blah, blah, blah...they need to sell the whole package not just the sugar coated stuff.....
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