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Old 01-04-2019, 01:31 PM
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Re: Animal lover, which bird should I get?

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Cockatoos aren’t great pets, fully agree, but I the only one thinking this would actually be a perfect home for a cockatoo? OP has experience with a different animals, and more importantly has key training experience as a result. Active lifestyle, great for active birds. Big aviary for protracted absences? Even better.

Not owning a cockatoo - and never will - I wouldn’t exactly know, but my spidey sense is tingling here. Except galahs, they aren’t great pets. But I do feel like if anyone could do it, and do it well, it’s be someone’s like this OP.

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Old 01-04-2019, 03:08 PM
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Re: Animal lover, which bird should I get?

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Cockatoos arenít great pets, fully agree, but I the only one thinking this would actually be a perfect home for a cockatoo? OP has experience with a different animals, and more importantly has key training erorcinece as a result. Active lifestyle, great for active birds. Big aviary for protracted absences? Even better.

Not owning a cockatoo - and never will - I wouldnít exactly know, but my spidey sense is tingling here. Except galahs, they arenít great pets. But I do feel like if anyone could do it, and do it well, itís be someoneís like this OP.
And so we have the full spectrum of opinion for the OP, which is a good thing! While I cannot imagine life without a house of cockatoos, every situation differs. I believe we all agree contemplation and deep research is desirable before adopting a bird.
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Re: Animal lover, which bird should I get?

This is quickly turning into one of the most interesting "hello and welcome here"-threads in a long time.


Grinnn, someone with money and space...when can we start planning your aviaries? (It is almost irresistable)
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Re: Animal lover, which bird should I get?

I just thought of something- Lorikeets!!

I have a pair of rainbow lorikeets in a large outside aviary. They jump on me every time I go out there. I free fly the female (Monet) during summer and they are really a hoot. They have the same playfulness as caiques, but don't have the aggression.


This one is not mine, but it could just as easily be mine. They do such funny stuff all the time. Yesterday I went out there to top up their LoryDry and one of them was sitting on the bucket I keep it in. I asked him to get off and instead of just stepping of, he rolled off.

BUT 3 things that are not fun about them. 1. Their diet is very special and needs some attention. 2. They are very noisy, when happy, which is basically all the time. 3. Their feces is very liquid, high speed and full of sugar and therefore very sticky. If kept inside prepare to clean about 2 hours a day anywhere they've been as the sugar squirting out the other end will attract flies like nothing else.
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Re: Animal lover, which bird should I get?

Quote: Originally Posted by SilleIN View Post
I just thought of something- Lorikeets!!


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Best bird video I've seen in a long time! I could watch that cute Lorikeet for hours!
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Old 01-05-2019, 08:35 AM
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Re: Animal lover, which bird should I get?

Quote: Originally Posted by chris-md View Post
Cockatoos arenít great pets, fully agree, but I the only one thinking this would actually be a perfect home for a cockatoo? OP has experience with a different animals, and more importantly has key training experience as a result. Active lifestyle, great for active birds. Big aviary for protracted absences? Even better.

Not owning a cockatoo - and never will - I wouldnít exactly know, but my spidey sense is tingling here. Except galahs, they arenít great pets. But I do feel like if anyone could do it, and do it well, itís be someoneís like this OP.

The only thing I can say to that is what happens when the OP is suddenly gone for 3 days? They're going to come back to a plucked Cockatoo and probably the cops because of the constant screaming...That's my worry...well, that an not having enough time for a Cockatoo in-general due to their other daily obligations...

I kind of got the impression that they are looking for a parrot that is more independent and can be happy just going into an outdoor enclosure for a few days at a time, then coming back in to the house again, etc...Maybe an IRN would be a good choice? Definitely not an Alexandrine, but specifically an IRN...
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