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things i wish i could tell non-parrot people

on another forum there is a similar thread like this but with horses and it turned out to be a great thread!

i am starting one with parrots! you can just put things that you wish could tell non parrot people or experiences (funny etc) that happened with non parrot people, or just annoying things

*no chit chat!*

i will start!

-when people come over and try to get my birds on their finger. no my birds are not finger tame and they only time i actually have them step up is when its time to go back
- when people first see my birds and start saying "hello?..hello?..hello?..hello?.." like they are going to talk back.. after i tell them that my birds don't talk


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People really need to know that birds are the best pets EVER. Oh yes they can be loud (so can dogs, is a dog barking non stop any less annoying than a bird calling?) and bird poop is pretty much insignificant when compared to dogs having accidents around the house or even cleaning it up from outside the house, nor as bad as having to clean up cat litter (which stinks no matter what). Not to mention big humans being petrified of a tiny bird bite but it doesn't even cross our minds that even a chihuahua could crush the bones in our hand if they wanted too. Honestly, why aren't birds the new dog?

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Yes it's a "real" bird and the only time it "just flys off" is when I give it the attack command. I recommend you check your hair and shoes for presents

Yes, some talk...be careful what you ask though..might not like the answer ')
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People really need to know that birds are the best pets EVER. Oh yes they can be loud (so can dogs, is a dog barking non stop any less annoying than a bird calling?) and bird poop is pretty much insignificant when compared to dogs having accidents around the house or even cleaning it up from outside the house, nor as bad as having to clean up cat litter (which stinks no matter what). Not to mention big humans being petrified of a tiny bird bite but it doesn't even cross our minds that even a chihuahua could crush the bones in our hand if they wanted too. Honestly, why aren't birds the new dog?
Best. Thoughts. Ever.
I wanted to say something about birds being better than cats and dogs, but I'm a dog lover, and couldn't word it the way you did.
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Best. Thoughts. Ever.
I wanted to say something about birds being better than cats and dogs, but I'm a dog lover, and couldn't word it the way you did.
I do love dogs and don't mind cleaning up after them (can't say the same for cats), but I was just trying to make a point. Not sure why more people don't have birds. I just think people don't realize how loving they are and that their inconveniences are really no worse than any other type of pet...meaning all pets have them.

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Oooh how about this one... They seen to think that parakeets aren't parrots! Yes parakeets are parrots and their real name is budgie, there are several other birds in the parakeet family!

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Parrots use their beak as a third foot, so stop yanking your finger away as they try to climb.
On the other hand, if the bird has his head down and making noises/growling, don't try and offer him a finger.

Birds are great and I love them, but they are definitely harder than dogs, unless you just have them as ornamental (flight cages). A dog is very easy to "tame" and definitely not as moody. Bird bonding is special, and there are ways to get a dog to stop barking, but a bird will always have some vocalizations.... Just my thoughts on why birds are not the next dogs.

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Parrots use their beak as a third foot, so stop yanking your finger away as they try to climb.
On the other hand, if the bird has his head down and making noises/growling, don't try and offer him a finger.

Birds are great and I love them, but they are definitely harder than dogs, unless you just have them as ornamental (flight cages). A dog is very easy to "tame" and definitely not as moody. Bird bonding is special, and there are ways to get a dog to stop barking, but a bird will always have some vocalizations.... Just my thoughts on why birds are not the next dogs.
Funny, obviously I agree dogs are easier to tame, but I don't think all dogs are necessarily easier to train. I know that may sound a little crazy, but I have beagles and no, there is no way to get every beagle to stop barking. (If you've ever heard a beagle bay, either it's music to your wards or you can't stand it) Nor is there a way to get all beagles to be wonderful on walks. All beagles are wonderful dogs, but many require a more advanced owner. Don't get me wrong, I know birds only do what they want, when they want.
But in my experience some are easier to deal with. I think you're right though, I think it comes down to more people want a forgiving "pet," not a bird that has to be treated with respect and remembers our mistakes.

Oh, I'd also say yes, I built that bird room just for them!
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Funny, obviously I agree dogs are easier to tame, but I don't think all dogs are necessarily easier to train. I know that may sound a little crazy, but I have beagles and no, there is no way to get every beagle to stop barking. (If you've ever heard a beagle bay, either it's music to your wards or you can't stand it) Nor is there a way to get all beagles to be wonderful on walks. All beagles are wonderful dogs, but many require a more advanced owner. Don't get me wrong, I know birds only do what they want, when they want.
But in my experience some are easier to deal with. I think you're right though, I think it comes down to more people want a forgiving "pet," not a bird that has to be treated with respect and remembers our mistakes.

Oh, I'd also say yes, I built that bird room just for them!
Yes larger parrots are definitely harder than *most dogs. But certain breeds/personalities of dogs could be just as difficult in their issues as smaller/medium sized birds (depending on the bird of course). My dog Brodie has serious anxiety issues and he has went to obedience, agility, and even a private trainer. It is just the way he is. Raised him the same way as my other dog, but there is no training away his personality lol. He is definitely my most difficult pet, but he still isn't that bad (and I love him to death). And barking, well it is not easy to train a dog not to bark, it is instinct to protect their area. Some dogs are just more vocal than others. Then there is the potty training thing with puppies. Went thru it twice. Puppies are super hard work and just like with birds, people can screw up their dog during puppiehood, lol. I dont think people realize how much hard work puppies are. My second dog cried at night for the first two weeks of coming home to my house and would break out of every baby gate run around crying, getting into stuff, and pooping everywhere. I had to come home at lunch from 15 miles away and make sure he was okay for the first two weeks. Overall, I think people just understand dogs more and vice versa. Dogs have adapted to really GET humans, and we are both predator animals so we are more alike (dogs and humans, versus humans and parrots) in that way.
My dad has a jack russel terrier and that dog is out of control! Never calm for even one moment. He needs a runner for an owner that can take him on runs everyday and I am sure it would still be hard to keep up with his endless energy, and he is already 4 years old.

But I still say small medium size parrots are not more difficult than dogs, on average they are probably about the same (although each requires different care of course).

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if trained correctly, large parrots (and other sizes) are very cuddly and loving… they don't just scream their head off all day and bite and attack…

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Parrots don't make good pets for people who do not have the time or the knowledge to change their entire life style to work around the needs of their bird

Please, please, please do not approach my bird asking if "Polly wants a cracker"

Stick your fingers in by all means, doesn't mean you'll get them back

I love the one about parakeets being parrots. A psittacine is a psittacine, no matter how big or small. Also, a parakeet doesn't necessarily mean a smaller parrot. A parakeet, such as an Alexandrine parakeet, can be considerably larger than some of the 'parrots'!

Oh, and it's a SPECIES. Not a breed. A blue and gold macaw isn't a breed of macaw, it's a species

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Oh, and it's a SPECIES. Not a breed. A blue and gold macaw isn't a breed of macaw, it's a species
i always get this one mixed up


if someone says they own a macaw, don't always expect it to be huge… they could have a hanhs

a bond with a parrot is different from any other human-animal bond. i just can't describe it

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Haha don't worry about it! And I agree with the macaw thing

It's a quaker (cway-ker) not a quacker It's a macaw, not a McCaw I've said this too many times to people, and half the time they're bird people!!!

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lol i still don't understand how to pronounce many parrot species.. i still question conure (con-your or con-yer?)

birds are very dirty, so yes, i will make time to vacuum and dust daily

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