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Conure! Amazons are too much for a newbie 1 14.29%
Amazon! It's do-able! 6 85.71%
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Old 11-03-2020, 08:02 PM
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Preparing for my first parrot

My name is Mumzy, and I'm 24 from Parkersburg WV!



A parrot has always been my dream pet ever since I was little! I barely remember looking way up at my mom's budgie cage when I was about 3, but he passed because of some dye in the seeds back then. Ever since I still knew I was gonna have a bird one day.
My mom always said no because "dogs are enough" and it would be too hard while we always had a cat or two. For years I knew it would be the first thing I'd do when I'd get out on my own. Now I have a trailer house with just me and my dog.


I have room for two 4x4 foot cages, but I could go bigger if they go in the living room instead of my office. I currently am able to stay home all day every day. Even when I did work I'm a home body and didn't leave even on the weekends. I'm an introvert and pets are my friends! Otherwise I'm an artist, read, write, and play videogames. I could spend at least 6 hours a day one on one time with a bird.



I always thought I'd get a cockatiel, but I found out that conures are much more needy, noisey, and playful birds.. and usually cuddlers! Plus their a bit bigger being more hardy where as cockatiels are a lot more flighty and tend to be fragile.

I Then I discovered the amazon parrot! Though I'm still debating hard and I want adopting to be the just right situation I'm leaning a lot towards Amazons. I know their not a 'starter bird' But I feel I have the resources, time, patience, and willingness to learn and delve in enough? I still have a lot of questions on my mind and I'm in no rush.


that's why I joined here because I wanted to connect with a community of people that are knowledgeable to learn from, and I won't be buying from a pet shop!
I welcome any questions and advice
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Old 11-03-2020, 08:30 PM
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Re: Preparing for my first parrot

Welcome and be welcomed.

So its not a question of of is an Amazon right for you or not, but the RIGHT Amazon for you. If your a first timer, it is going to be a much much smoother ride for rthe next 40-50 years if you let the Amazon pick you. Try adopting one that tis over 5 yrs and past the trials of puberty, which can be massive with most 'zons. Especiallsy with one of the 'hot' 3 species. Blue front, yellow nape and double yellow head. Make sure you have the financial means to have a parrot, vet costs and toys are expensive and must be provided, esp toys. My small amazon Saly goes thru 80-100 a month in chewing toys. Add in food and vegtables for making chop and its easy around 120-130 a month. All parrots can be loud at times, think about that an d your living conditions. What about a future SO? What if the parrot intensely hates them? THat does happen. OR your parrot decides they love the SO more than you? THat happens too.

I suggest if you go for an amazon, try to find one of the smaller species, known for a more even disposition, lilac crowned, red spectacled, or a yellow shoulder (thats my Salty). But yeah, let the parrot pick you!!!
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Old 11-03-2020, 08:41 PM
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Re: Preparing for my first parrot

Welcome to the forums Mumzy! Huge respect for doing your research before diving in. Wonderful to keep an open mind as you learn more about different species. Is there any possibility you could volunteer at a rescue/refuge? It's a fantastic way to gain experience, and see what it's like to care for birds every day. Gives you a great representation of the good, bad, and ugly. Also, spending time there, that special one might find and choose YOU.

Best of luck in your research. Feel free to ask questions. We have lots of experienced, knowledgeable members, always happy to help. If an amazon is a consideration, I recommend reading the stickies at the top of the amazon sub forum titled "I love Amazons", and "Amazon body language.". TONS of information. Much amazon specific, and lots that can apply to parrots in general.

I'm not one to try to sway anyone's choice. I had budgies as a kid, cockatiels for many years, a BFA, and currently an Ekkie and a YNA. They're completely different, and I love them all dearly. Time and hands on experience will help determine what's the best fit for you.
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Re: Preparing for my first parrot

How exciting to have a place of your own, and to be able to finally bring home your special bird

I'm of the mind that you don't get a starter bird, you get the bird you click with. You learn together.

Wrench's advice about Amazons is spot on. They tend to be easy birds to read because they broadcast their mood and use obvious body language. Conures are a little more sneaky, but the consequences of reading them wrong are smaller (smaller beaks!) If you have a big dog that is indoors, a larger parrot would be safer than a small one that can be grabbed - something to consider.

If you have unsprayed trees/forest land around you, you can harvest branches from non-toxic trees to use as perches and toy parts (maple, apple, willow, autumn olive are some). Bark peeling is a hit at my house. Green branches are also better for foot health than a dried branch.

Good luck on finding your special one! I'll enjoy following your story.
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Old 11-03-2020, 09:16 PM
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Re: Preparing for my first parrot

Quote: Originally Posted by Piasa View Post
Wrench's advice about Amazons is spot on. They tend to be easy birds to read because they broadcast their mood and use obvious body language. Conures are a little more sneaky, but the consequences of reading them wrong are smaller (smaller beaks!) .
Oh not necessarily! So many people who have experienced the bite of the biggest macaws have said smaller bird bites can absolutely hurt much worse. Iíve been savaged by my eclectus but I still remember some nasty bites from my red throated conure years ago.
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Old 11-03-2020, 09:56 PM
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Re: Preparing for my first parrot

If an Amazon is what you want, you should go for an Amazon. Do all your research, learn all you can. The advice here is really good.

IF you want an Amazon AND a Conure then sure get one, then the other. (Or both at once!) BUT IF the bird you want is an Amazon, then get an Amazon. No such thing as starter birds. You should start with the bird you want -- unless you are planning to start a collection!
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Old 11-03-2020, 10:12 PM
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Re: Preparing for my first parrot

No such thing as a starter bird, go for what best fit you and let the bird pick you. If you are unsure, you best bet is to volunteer at a bird rescue in your area and you will gain experience and learn behavior of each specie. So many volunteers that wanted a Macaw for example coming in at first and when with a completely different bird. Birds like to pick their owner, or more like slave. I would also look into adopting a bird over a store, or breeder. Many birds that are in need of a good home with someone that has time to give them attention. Plus is a long term commitment as a larger bird can live 60 plus years. Reason why I say go to a bird rescue and volunteer, or to a pet store, so you are sure what you are getting into and the different species and behavior overall. Wish you good luck in finding your new companion.

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Old 11-03-2020, 10:29 PM
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Re: Preparing for my first parrot

When I got into parrots I wanted a quaker, but talked myself outta of that because I didn't know if I would move to a state they were banned. A GCC choose me and she was beyond fantastic absolutely a love match and ment to be. It took me 20 years to get my fist quaker, and they are my spirit parrot. Despite the noise. So I say go with your heart, and aldo be open to who chooses you..and read and try and meet some different parrots. And remember your life will evolve and often significant others don't like parrots or the sacrifice you have to make to live with them. Be clear with people you date that your parrot is a package deal and more like a kid than a pet
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Re: Preparing for my first parrot

Welcome to the forums, Mumzy, thanks for joining our community. Kudos for researching and seeking advice before making an impulse purchase. Either are acceptable as first parrot - mine was a Blue Front Amazon and the learning curve was quick and steep! Turns out he probably came to us just before puberty. Back in 1985 there was little support, and if I knew then what I knew now, our relationship would have been smoother. All worked out well and I still have Gonzo - he's towards bottom right of my signature.

Wonderful advice above, try to spend time with either species and you'll have an idea which one is ideal for you.
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Re: Preparing for my first parrot

Welcome---

There is a lot to know and you are on the right track for thinking carefully etc. Please see this link to another thread-- my 1st 2 responses will be helpful to you as you make plans.

Taking care of a GCC I know you don't want a GCC- but this stuff still applies
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