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Old 02-10-2020, 07:18 AM
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My Boston was an amazing boy. He was a failed stud dog as he refused any girl put with him. He was 18 months old when he came home. He had no clue what a collar and lead was, no idea how to play, terrified of every little thing, and he was not house broken... Worse than a puppy. 12 months later and a lot of hard work with positive reinforcement and clicker training, he became the best dog I ever knew. He was my best friend and a total snuggle bug. He helped me through some very difficult periods in my life.

Their diet doesn't phase me and I'm doing thorough research on their optimal diet. I won't be getting him/her until I'm confident I can provide what he she needs.

I'm very drawn to their independence and how they can keep themselves occupied when needed, along with them being a quieter bird (I do understand that that's a generalisation and that there will always be exceptions to the rule) . They are also my favorite bird. They are incredibly smart and they can (if trained) talk if they so wish (not my reason for purchase, although it would be fantastic if it did learn to chatter away.) they can be very sweet when they want to be or they can be little monsters when they choose. They appeal to me far more than the other birds I've looked at - by which I mean traits and characteristics, not colour or speaking ability.

I'm wanting a sweet companion bird that I can spend time with, that I can train and build up a meaningful relationship with, and not have it kept on a cage as a pretty living ornament. We have a very chill and quiet home as it's only myself and my husband.
I am sorry about your dog. That is always so hard.
Thank you for researching before jumping into parrot ownership. It is such a complicated commitment and it is very important that you are prepared ahead of time.

Birds are far more difficult to care for than a dog or cat and all birds have extreme respiratory sensitivities which will require you to revamp the way you cook, clean and furnish your home (no scented products, no standard cleaners, no Teflon/PTFE/PFOA/PFCs, no candles of any kind, no aerosols, no air freshener...the list goes on).

They also have to have bedtimes and meal-times which may not seem like a huge deal until you have to come home from work late.
Although ekkies tend to be more independent than some birds, birds in general are not very independent. They are socially needy by nature and prone to neurotic behaviors when people cannot meet their needs.

I will try to post some links.

For now--- the speech that I was going to copy and paste to you can be found on this thread--- if you scroll down, you will see 2 massive posts by me and these discuss the teflon/care issues that every new bird owner must consider. Please read it even though it is long! The 3rd and 4th replies of mine are the ones I am referring to on the following thread:
Questions about getting an Eclectus or African Grey Parrot

I will try to grab some other links as well.

Another thing to consider is your proximity to an avian certified vet (not just an exotics vet that sees birds). There is a WORLD of difference between the two, and many of us drive more than a few hours to see a vet who specializes in birds specifically. This is very important--- they hide illness like crazy, so you must have a good specialist (especially as a first-time owner). Dogs/cats will act sick when they have issues, but birds have died without ever showing symptoms. If symptoms do appear, they are often EXTREMELY subtle and they must be addressed immediately because once they show, it can be an emergency situation (even if they don't seem that sick). They are really fragile in general--- that is one of the hardest things for me about owning one.

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Old 02-10-2020, 08:12 AM
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Thank you for your response, noodles123, I appreciate it.

The surgery I will be attending is an exotics practice and they have vets who are certified in their chosen species, so I have a certified avian vet at the practice which is 10 minutes away from home. They were recommend to my by a vet nurse who owns an African grey (not sure which though) as she uses them for her bird.

We both have very regular shifts, I work Monday - Friday 9-5 hubby is the same except 8-4 so even if I run over hubby is home before I am, so morning and evening routine will be very consistent.

We don't use fragrances as hubby is very sensitive to them and I cannot stand artifical fragrances or essential oils, or scented candles, and I'm in the process of upgrading my cook wear so it gives me a perfect excuse to buy cast iron! I'll be tossing out anything that's non stick along with replacing my iron and hair dryer.

Cleaning wise, I already use a vet grade disinfectant so I'll switch it up to a bird safe one and I typically use vinegar or lemon juice diluted with water. and bicarb for general cleaning.

I love that want and need social interaction and we are fully prepared to give it to the bird, I just like that they are typically not as needy as a cockatoo (I know it's based on individual birds and there are always exceptions to the rule)
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Old 02-10-2020, 09:43 AM
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I'm so happy to hear that you are moving along with such dedication and energy. You are doing it RIGHT! Researching, reaching out... this will be a lucky bird!

I look forward to following your new adventure, and I wish you a wonderful journey. I'm glad you found us.

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Old 02-10-2020, 10:07 AM
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Research is something I enjoy doing, the bird has just given me a new subject to look into!

I'm really excited (i know it's months away yet) and I want to be as prepared as possible to give them the best possible start with me.
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Old 02-10-2020, 11:40 AM
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We're excited for you too! When the time comes, you'll be an excellent parront for a lucky birdie. :-)

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Old 02-10-2020, 12:08 PM
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Thank you its really appreciated
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