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Old 05-14-2012, 02:52 PM
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Welcome! What dimensions and bar spacing does the cage you got have? That will be part of your decision making too. Your outdoor living space sounds awesome, have any pictures?
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Re: Looking for a "beginner" bird.....

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Welcome! What dimensions and bar spacing does the cage you got have? That will be part of your decision making too. Your outdoor living space sounds awesome, have any pictures?

Thank you!

The dimensions of the cage are 35Wx48Hx24D with 1" bar spacing. It is actually a heavy duty folding cat cage. (because we live in an RV) It all folds down into the removable bottom tray.
It has barn doors on the top half of the cage and barn doors on the bottom half. The locks are great and definately birdproof!

I will post pictures of our outdoor space maybe tomorrow....
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Re: Looking for a "beginner" bird.....

I agree with the above post about GCC. The bite and hold on to you. They want to be the boss of the entire flock including the human one. Don't get me wrong though they can be little love bugs when they are happy getting what they want.
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Re: Looking for a "beginner" bird.....

I think a Linnie OR a budgie are out of the question with a 1" bar spacing - either could easily escape. You are looking more at an amazon or mini-macaw or Grey-sized bird, or a Goffin's cockatoo. Actually in our house, the yellow crown amazon is the one who is the best pet, for being handled by multiple people, although the Grey is doing better & better.

The Pionus refused to be touched by anyone but me, even though he had previously adored a young child & even though my husband took good care of him when I was out of town. [And I wouldn't use 1" bar spacing for a Pionus, either, although some of the larger ones might be OK in it.]

You could also create smaller bar spacing by getting the wire cloth with 1/2" holes from Lowes or Home Depot. You'd have to treat the wire cloth to get rid of the zinc - I think the treatment includes scrubbing with warm vinegar & water & leaving it in the sun for at least 3 days, but you can Google for information.

I get what you mean about some budgies. My 2 are clutchmates & have completely different personalities. "Little Bird Blue" is a sweet little guy who wants to follow me around & sit on my shoulder (or head). His sister was named for her attitude - "The Evil Dragon Queen."
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Re: Looking for a "beginner" bird.....

howa bout a bourkes parakeet, they are really gentle, but not very cuddly. they are really sweet if their hand fed. good luck!
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Re: Looking for a "beginner" bird.....

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howa bout a bourkes parakeet, they are really gentle, but not very cuddly. they are really sweet if their hand fed. good luck!
Again, I think the 1" bar spacing would be an issue for a Bourkes.
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Re: Looking for a "beginner" bird.....

IDK so much about the little guys, but what about a blue crowned conure? They are larger than the other conures, and I have heard that they are very sweet and are on the quieter side. Again, I'm mot an expert on the little guys.
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Re: Looking for a "beginner" bird.....

I think you should get a Cockatiel We had one and he was awesome , but died like 6 weeks ago
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Re: Looking for a "beginner" bird.....

I think an Alexandrine would be a good choice
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Re: Looking for a "beginner" bird.....

Ok here I go and throw Senegals into the ring quiet and funny and extremly adaptable not known for nerotic feather picking because someone changed the drapes tolerant of climate change mine has been from Florida to Boston and Chi town from Colorado to Texas. I could go on but you'd think I'm bragging on my bird (oh wait that is not frowned on here!) heheheh I love senegals you might too.
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