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Old 02-09-2020, 04:22 AM
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Good morning!

I've been lurking on this forum for a couple of months now, whilst I've been researching parrot ownership.

A bit about myself:

I work as a pet stylist and I its the only job I've ever done. I grew up with all sorts of animals, cats, dogs,snakes,lizards,terantulas, scorpions, frogs rats to name a few species but I've never owned a bird.

I lost my Boston Terrier very suddenly on the 20th November 2019, I rushed him to the out of hours vet and he sadly passed away 4 hours later, he had fluid in his lungs. I miss him so so much.

I need a companion animal, my home with my husband is far far too quiet. I'm not ready for another dog. Every time I look a puppies, I feel like I'm replacing him. I know I'm not, nothing could ever replace him, but my heart hurts too much. I don't want a cat because they are too independent and I live very, very close to a major duel carriage way that also joins on to a motorway,and I would never forgive myself if my cat got knocked down because of where we live.

My husband suggested (jokingly) I should have a look a parrots (he hates to see me hurting as I am and will do anything to help) and as I started looking into the different species and their quirks,, their needs, their personalities, the more I started to think, yeah, actually, a parrot would fit with us.

So, we have jumped right in at the deep end and decided on an Eclectus. We are on the waiting list for one with a breeder about an hour or so away from us and he has been so incredibly helpful. The other breeders haven't so much as replied to my calls or emails. The bird in question will not be ready until mid June, early July, but that's OK, because that gives me plenty of time to get every thing ready for his/her forever home and to make their life as full and enriched as possible.

I look forward to learning more about these amazing, beautiful, sensitive creatures!
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Old 02-09-2020, 07:01 AM
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Glad you joined us welcome if i may ask what is a pet stylist?
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Old 02-09-2020, 07:37 AM
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Basically, a fancy dog, cat, rabbit groomer. I do more than just a basic shave down. I work with both the pet and own to achieve a style that is both what the owner wants but is manageable for the owner to maintain at home ☺️

I also work with fearful animals and help work them through what ever scares them about the grooming process rather than force them through it. I will stop a groom when the pet has clearly had enough, even if it means sending it home half shaved and dripping wet.
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Old 02-09-2020, 08:10 AM
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Welcome to you! Sorry for the loss of your pup!
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Good morning, and welcome! So sorry for the loss of your Boston. Amazing little dogs. We had one for a brief time that was given to us, but he didn't do well in our house with two other males. We gave him to a friend who was in need of a companion, as an only dog. We routinely hear how this dog saved the man's life. Poor guy was that depressed, and the Boston gave him something to live for. Happy ending there!

Just curious, what attributes of Ekkies draws you to them? I dearly love mine, but they have a completely different agenda from other species, and the specific dietary requirements can be a challenge. Please do your homework on the diet, it's really not negotiable without causing issues.

We look forward to hearing about your new family member when they arrive! And when the time comes, we love pictures here.

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Old 02-09-2020, 11:27 AM
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Welcome to the forum!
Excited for you!
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Old 02-09-2020, 11:43 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.
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Sounds like you're doing a great job in preparing yourself. Fantastic! Simple thing to bear in mind, follow the bird's lead, meaning, they may or may not like your choices of foods, toys, whatever. Mine for example, except for an occasional green bean or nibble of broccoli, pretty much thumbs his nose at anything green right now. While he wouldn't touch butternut squash before, now it's his favorite thing to eat. (Other than an almond I guess) So... their preferences are kind of a moving target, just like us :-) Believe me, they let you know likes and dislikes.

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Welcome aboard, thanks so much for joining. My deepest condolences for the loss of your Boston Terrier.

Eclectus are wonderful companions, strikingly beautiful and enigmatic. A wealth of knowledge awaits in the Eclectus Forum, some scattered about the Parrot Food Recipes and Diet section. An excellent introductory link: So..you think you want an Eclectus.
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Old 02-10-2020, 03:16 AM
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I am not afraid of hard work and following an animals lead in doing something with them.

I am certainly not stupid enough just jus go out a buy a bird just because its cute and pretty. I see that happen all too often as a groomer where people go out, buy a cute fluffy puppy with no idea about its care and up keep. I have never gone out a bought a pet on a whim and I never will. As I've said, I'm not planning on getting him/her until mid June at the earliest.

Before I looked at parrots, I was looking at chameleons for a pet (I adore chameleons) but when I contacted the local exotics vet, they told me their herp specialist had left and the nearest is an hours drive away. I don't drive and it would take 4 hours on public transport as no taxi would take a reptile. I don't drive sobfirbthatvreason I'm not getting a reptile.

@Scott, I've already read that link �� and thank you for your condolences.
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