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Old 08-03-2018, 09:27 AM
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Re: Maximilian Pionus for a companion pet?

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If you want a bird that is noisy and rambles all the time plus being stuck to you like velcro or gorilla glue go to a rescue and look at cockatoos. They can be unpredictable with people they don't know or like. The rescues are full of various species of cockatoo primarily Umbrellas and Mollucan. They are noisy, needy, clingy, and really tend to need a constant companion. Absolute darlings to people they like and cuddly.
Do your research as the shelters are full of unfortunate birds acquired by people who didn't understand their needs.

I urge you to consider a rescue no matter what species you decide on.
Iíve been checking rescues, the birds Iím interested in disappear from listings so fast they usually only consider experienced homes without small children, others need an outdoor aviary. Itís great to see high standards and loads of interest though. Can I ask what part of the world youíre from? I havenít seen any cockatoos for rescue here in the UK.

The alternative to finding a parrot in a rescue is looking for a rehome for sale online. It seems like most people who decide they donít want their larger parrots here just sell them. There usually only seem to be budgies, cockatiels in the actual shelters. I think this is because people want all their money back on larger birds when they change their minds or run into problems, whereas they probably wont try to sell a budgie as thereís no money in it and so just dump them at shelters I will carry on checking.

I feel uncomfortable with the idea of spending several hundred (or more) on a rehome sale because the seller is usually more interested in securing the sale to recoup costs than on finding the right home or being truly up front (bird flipping?) and this can mean unknown health/sex/age/history/behavioural or special needs, huge costs and many hours of travel. I would prefer to get the opinion of a genuine shelter on a birdís needs before deciding if I have a suitable home. Does anyone know of a UK shelter which would consider a first timer like me?

I will carry on waiting and searching. I have read so many warnings about cockatoos as pets, the person they decide they dont like could be my little one which worries me. Although, Iím sure that can be said of any parrot to an extent. If I didnt have a little one I would probably be looking into rehoming a cockatoo. Pionus donít come up often and seemed like a more stable choice. If anyone has both kids and a cockatoo living in the same building it would be useful to know how that worked out.
Sorry, I'm in Texas and don't know about the circumstances in the UK. Forgive me for assuming.

Around here we have few rescues but in the ones I've been to the most numerous species seems to be the cockatoos. That may not be the best species for you, that is a decision you and the bird have to make together.

I wish you good luck in your search and please keep us updated.

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Re: Maximilian Pionus for a companion pet?

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Sorry, I'm in Texas and don't know about the circumstances in the UK. Forgive me for assuming.

Around here we have few rescues but in the ones I've been to the most numerous species seems to be the cockatoos. That may not be the best species for you, that is a decision you and the bird have to make together.

I wish you good luck in your search and please keep us updated.

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Rescues on the whole over here are a bit different to USA (I much prefer the USA way of handling rescues) over here a rescue has volunteer safe-houses instead of an actual rescue center, so you are left with going online or phoning and there seems to be very little if any meeting the bird until they approve you to take them home! I do wish people could just get a large rescue center and have people volunteer at them like the US does because it would make life so much easier for genuine people who want to make sure they meet the right brid
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Re: Maximilian Pionus for a companion pet?

Hi, I’m from Oregon ,I’m nearly in the same situation as you with twin 3 year olds and twin 9 year olds. Your story could be me. I’m a stay at home mom and looking for the right bird for my family.No dive bombing attacking birds please! I’m so curious, so what did you choose? How did it work out ? I’m looking at a baby double yellow headed amazon in , or a read us Maximilian Pionus, or a rescue Goffin. My concern with the Pionus is it may be not cuddly enough for me? Anyway, your story is so much like mine and I have no experience either. Can’t wait to hear what bird you choose and how it’s working.
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Re: Maximilian Pionus for a companion pet?

Hello and welcome!

Please read my post on page 2 of the following link.
The lifestyle changes regarding Teflon/cleaners etc with any bird are huge, so a lot of what I was going to say to you has already been typed there!
Page 2 (see post by Noodles123)--The link should take you straight to that page:
Parrot owner wanna-be seeking advices

Also, please read my response (Noodles123) to this poster (see link): Hi ! Some parrots questions for everyone :)



After you get done with those, here are some more that you might want to read through:
New member and looking for new potiental owner advice

and here: Wanting to purchase my first feathered friend

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