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Old 07-05-2013, 01:29 AM
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Hey guys,

I'm new to this forum and I'm still new to this owning a first bird.

Well basically I have decided to get a bird as my new pet. I'm 15 I'm able to take care of the bird from feeding it to cleaning out it's cage. I've basically decided to go for a rainbow lorikeet as my first bird since I love they way they look and the traits it has.

So I have been snooping around gumtree.com.au trying to find a rainbow lorikeet and I happened to stumble across this.

Rainbow Lorikeets | Birds | Gumtree Australia Parramatta Area - Granville

So I rang them up and asked for all basic info of the birds. They said the birds were aviary bred for the purpose of having more birds and they've reluctantly decided to sell most of there birds.

So the birds are basically one year old and they're aviary bred. My questions are, will it be hard to train if I decide to purchase one from the seller since they are doing me a good deal on a cage and the bird.

But of course after purchasing the bird, I will immediately take it to the vet for a checkup and to get its wings clipped.

But basically, will it be possible for me to train one of these. I have the time and commitment everyday to spend time with it and I am able to be patient in the process of training it.

I've been reading all over the internet that it is possible to tame aviary bred birds but to your experience, would it be possible to tame a 1 year old rainbow lorikeet?

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Old 07-05-2013, 05:02 PM
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Re: First Time Owner

It could take a very long time to tame an aviary bird. You'll have to spend a lot of time with it to successfully train it. It took me four months to get my GCC to step up onto a stick. My friend had a budgie that took just over a year to step up onto a finger (though I'm not sure about his training schedules), so there are variables based on the indiviual bird itself.

For your first bird I would recommend spending the extra money and buying a tame one from a reputable breeder, but there's nothing wrong with having an untamed bird as long as you're realistic with your expectations.
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Old 07-05-2013, 06:59 PM
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Re: First Time Owner

I'd have to agree; taming aviary birds is a long process, that cannot be rushed. Best to opt for a hand fed baby for your first bird.

My apologies if you already know this and I'm yammering, but lorikeets are nectar eaters and do require a special, nectar diet which can be hard to come by. So you'll need to be sure this is available where you live. More over, I've been told they like to shoot their poop. Literally. Like shoot it multiple feet through the air on to the walls/floor/etc. So thats certainly something for you and your family to discuss. Because you WILL want to protect the walls and carpeting will be a no-go
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Re: First Time Owner

So I decided to follow your advice

And I found a breeder who has two babys that are ready to be weaned, I think I might go pick one of them up tommorow, and so does anyone have any tips for me on weaning and the training?

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Old 07-06-2013, 06:52 AM
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Re: First Time Owner

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So I decided to follow your advice

And I found a breeder who has two babys that are ready to be weaned, I think I might go pick one of them up tommorow, and so does anyone have any tips for me on weaning and the training?

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Weaning on to what?

Do not get a baby that needs to be hand fed by yourself. Mistakes happen too frequently and can kill. Only take a baby home if it's on a stable 'adult' diet for at least a week!
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Oh,

I found a breeder who has two babies that are at the age of 6 weeks old. They said that I would need to hand feed it with a spoon and then wean it when it's ready.

So I'm guessing that purchasing it would not be a good idea?
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Old 07-07-2013, 02:54 AM
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Hi there, welcome to the forums. I'm glad you came here, because this is the ideal place to find help and in the future, to help others.
To be honest, if you have the money, buy a parrot that at least doesn't bite. I got a re-homed bird (I guess) and sometimes I really sit alone and wonder about if I'll ever get to tame him one day.
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Re: First Time Owner

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Oh,

I found a breeder who has two babies that are at the age of 6 weeks old. They said that I would need to hand feed it with a spoon and then wean it when it's ready.

So I'm guessing that purchasing it would not be a good idea?
Sorry but purchasing an unweaned baby is never a good idea. Too many things could go wrong. It is the breeders responsibility to wean their birds. Lorikeets are beautiful birds, but they come with their own set of challenges. For one, they need a special diet, that you will have to monitor throughout the day because of spoilage. Two, they are very messy birds, and as already mentioned they like to shoot their poop. Ewww. I'm not trying to steer you away from owning one, just really do your research whether its on lorikeets or some other bird. Their are so many different species of birds out there. I for one love african grays, but my circumstances keep me from owning one. I couldn't meet the needs of an African gray. But just because you can, doesn't mean you should. You have to be ready and willing to meet the physical and emotional needs of your pet, no matter what that might be.
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Oh,

I found a breeder who has two babies that are at the age of 6 weeks old. They said that I would need to hand feed it with a spoon and then wean it when it's ready.

So I'm guessing that purchasing it would not be a good idea?
Sorry but purchasing an unweaned baby is never a good idea. Too many things could go wrong. It is the breeders responsibility to wean their birds. Lorikeets are beautiful birds, but they come with their own set of challenges. For one, they need a special diet, that you will have to monitor throughout the day because of spoilage. Two, they are very messy birds, and as already mentioned they like to shoot their poop. Ewww. I'm not trying to steer you away from owning one, just really do your research whether its on lorikeets or some other bird. Their are so many different species of birds out there. I for one love african grays, but my circumstances keep me from owning one. I couldn't meet the needs of an African gray. But just because you can, doesn't mean you should. You have to be ready and willing to meet the physical and emotional needs of your pet, no matter what that might be.
Well said. I also wanted an African Grey but I know I won't be able to give him his fully needs.


Why don't you start with an easier bird? I honestly found that Poicephalus can be a standard bird. They don't need special treatment, no special diet nor special needs (A AG needs 8 hours of attention a day, which is much more than I give my own self). His biting isn't hard and he isn't loud at all.
I have a Jardine myself and he's a sweetheart, biter but a sweetheart. I am also an inexperienced parrot owner and he's my first parrot.

Good luck, but as I can see Lorikeets are messy and maybe you don't want that if you're inexperienced in potty training.
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Oh,

I found a breeder who has two babies that are at the age of 6 weeks old. They said that I would need to hand feed it with a spoon and then wean it when it's ready.

So I'm guessing that purchasing it would not be a good idea?
Sorry but purchasing an unweaned baby is never a good idea. Too many things could go wrong. It is the breeders responsibility to wean their birds. Lorikeets are beautiful birds, but they come with their own set of challenges. For one, they need a special diet, that you will have to monitor throughout the day because of spoilage. Two, they are very messy birds, and as already mentioned they like to shoot their poop. Ewww. I'm not trying to steer you away from owning one, just really do your research whether its on lorikeets or some other bird. Their are so many different species of birds out there. I for one love african grays, but my circumstances keep me from owning one. I couldn't meet the needs of an African gray. But just because you can, doesn't mean you should. You have to be ready and willing to meet the physical and emotional needs of your pet, no matter what that might be.
Well said. I also wanted an African Grey but I know I won't be able to give him his fully needs.


Why don't you start with an easier bird? I honestly found that Poicephalus can be a standard bird. They don't need special treatment, no special diet nor special needs (A AG needs 8 hours of attention a day, which is much more than I give my own self). His biting isn't hard and he isn't loud at all.
I have a Jardine myself and he's a sweetheart, biter but a sweetheart. I am also an inexperienced parrot owner and he's my first parrot.

Good luck, but as I can see Lorikeets are messy and maybe you don't want that if you're inexperienced in potty training.
Poi's are great birds, and I'm not just saying that because I own one . I also have a parrotlet that is a wonderful lil bird, she is a total Velcro bird. I've also looked in to the Linnie's, what can I say.... adorable, not that I am going to get one, my plate is full with the two I have, plus the dog, and a family. LOL
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