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What bird species is right for me?

I'm having a really hard time on deciding what parrot breed/species is a good fit for my lifestyle. Well I guess I should start with an introduction! My name is Halle and I'm 17 years old. I'm planning on getting a parrot as a companion for the apartment I'm moving into after graduation! I have always loved animals especially birds and that's become even more important because of my nana's passing. She always loved birds and I feel like having a feathery companion would be a good way to honor her. I've been doing a lot of reading and I know for sure that I don't really want a bird that is going to be really loud. I'm alright with the chatter and occasional screech but I think I'll go insane with a screaming bird! One thing I do want, it to have a bird that will cuddle and play with me. I'd like to have a parrot that I can take out and just have them perched on my shoulder. As for size, I'd prefer a bird that's smaller than a large conure. I think that I really just want a parrot that's on the less vocal side but has a playful and cuddly kind of personality. That's what I'm looking for, any recommendations??

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Old 01-16-2017, 04:45 PM
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Re: What bird species is right for me?

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Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee... I'm not sure ANY species can be guaranteed as suitably quiet for an apartment, although certain individuals could be, surely. Are you open to the idea of a finch, or dove, or other quieter bird? Let's see what others think...
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Re: What bird species is right for me?

The problem with those species is that they won't be something I can play with or teach tricks. Appreciate the suggestions though!
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Re: What bird species is right for me?

We get these posts so often:

1) I'm a teenager a year from college and want a parrot
2) must be quiet
3) must be cuddly
3) must be playful

The answer is I recommend waiting, I don't think now is the time for you. You're leaving for school, and many things can happen between now and then. There are too many unknowns for someone at your age to take on a parrot. A budgie or parrotlet might be the most I'd recommend.

There are many more ways to honor and remember your grandmother; I'm not sure bringing another life into your grief is the way to do it. A bird should be something you want to do for you, not in memory of someone else.

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Re: What bird species is right for me?

I've been waiting to get a bird for a long time. I appreciate the concern but I've waited for 4 years to move out so I could get one. My mom wouldn't deal with the mess. I tried budgies but they just didn't click with me.
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With all do respect, I don't really appreciate you judging me based on what I'm looking for in one or my age. I was asking for a recommendation as for species, not a lecture. I know what I'm getting myself into and I know that they are a responsiblility. And as for getting it in memory of my nana, that isn't the only reason why. She had a conure for the longest time that she loved to death and I loved him too. I took care of him for her as she got too old to and that's why I want to get one of my own. Thanks for the response but I know myself and what I can handle.
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Re: What bird species is right for me?

Milesh, I urge patience. Waiting 4 years to move out doesn't entitle you to anything. Nor does it mean that just because you left home you are automatically a good fit for a bird. You're asking for a 20-60 year commitment, You've waited 4 years, what's another 4 while you work on getting your entire future figured out? You won't have time for something as significant as a bird. Trust me, I went through it and an innocent bird died as a result.

You're impatience alone is a MASSIVE red flag that could immediately be disqualifying as you being a suitable home For a parrot.
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Old 01-16-2017, 05:30 PM
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Once again, I know myself and what I can handle. Trying to be nice here, but the way you replied to my post was a little disrespectful and pretentious. I know the responsibility that comes with them and I WANT the responsibility that comes with them. I never said that that entitled me to get one, I was just saying that I had to wait for the right time and for me believe it or not, it is the right time. Thank you, have a nice day but I really don't need the lecture.
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Re: What bird species is right for me?

I got a rescue bird that went to OSU till it was found to be to noisy in the dorms.
Apts are not any good either. I managed 14 locations 450 units in Omaha, Ne for 25 yrs and I know of no one who allows Parrots in rentals. and I sure would not have.

first Parrot bought at age 19 bad idea to even get one, young and to much going on in life. I was lucky I was able to donate him to a wildlife park
where I'm sure he had a good life as an education bird.

lots of things to think about

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Re: What bird species is right for me?

If you really wanted to lecture me it would of been nice if you chose to pm me rather than commenting all of that publicly.
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