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Hey guys. Hopefully after Christmas I will be adopting another bird (which I have not done yet!).

Is there any advice you would give me when it comes to adoption? I know that the birds have often come from appauling backgrounds and some require special care.

I have a fair few different birds and I have handled many species of parrot from a very early age. I know quite a bit if I don't mean to brag haha. But like I say, I have never adopted. I just want to know if there's any extra stuff I need to do.

Hopefully it will all go okay and to plan.

Thanks all!

Ooo and ps I don't know what species I will be adopting. The most common ones in the UK for adoption seem to be:
mealy amazons
blue-fronted amazons
orange-winged amazons
congo greys
blue crowned conures
sun conures
jenday conures
Indian ring necks
nanday conures
senegals
Hahns macaws
green-cheeked conures
Alexandrine
'tiels (I don't plan on any 'tiels at the moment though - I've had plenty haha!)
Eclectus
Patagonian conure
maroon-bellied conure


so yeah any reccommendations?

Thanks for the help!
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Lets see... as far as generally easy to work with, and what I would recommend in a rehome situation, would be the mealy if you did an amazon (they're one of the largest amazons and are far less moody and aggressive, but not as good a talker as the yellow heads), the blue crown or patagonian conure if you do a conure (again, larger conures so more mellow, not as piercing a scream as the jenday or suns, and blue crowns are the best talkers of the conures if that interests you), Alexandrine over ring neck (they're bigger (see a pattern? dunno why, but the bigger the bird in a family, the more mellow they seem to be) and ring necks need a lot of constant handling to keep from being frightful and aggressive - a rehome ringneck might make a good pet, but will most likely NOT be hands on. ringnecks are generally not very hands on birds, even when hand-raised, unless they get constant handling), and if you do an ekkie I would lean towards male, unless you have the free time to handle a female.

Female ekkies, in the wild, are served by a harem of males. They literally live in a hole in a tree and only leave it 2 months out of a year, and the males clean the nest, feed her, preen her, and... well... mate with her lucky girls, eh? The female can have anywhere from 1-5 males with her at a time. So, equate that instinct into a pet situation and you have a very demanding bossy bird. They still make great pets, but they take a little more time and attention than other birds. Ekkies are also very prone to plucking and having dietary issues (overgrown beaks are common, and they cant eat colored pellets or will develop foot shakes, spasms, clenchings, and seizures) and allergies, so again just a little higher maintenance. They are generally mellow birds, moderate talkers, and have a totally different "look and feel" than other species since their feather structure is so different, it's not oiled like a macaw or powder like a too, they're long thin, almost wiry, feathers with a different structure. Very cool birds

Whatever bird you get, it's still a coin toss on how they'll behave or react since you don't know their past, the owners can be lying about their past/age, etc. I'm sure you'll succeed with whatever you decide with some time, love, and patience I know you mentioned in another thread you've worked with lots of birds, so I would just recommend visiting the bird in their home, if the owner is ok with it, and seeing if you two 'click' and how the bird behaves



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i have a indian ringneck and she\he loves to be held and cuddled but they are loud and pretty messy she does nip and needs alot of time , i cot her about 7 weeks ago and she is very much a one person bird and ive heard that IRN tend to be so if you are getting a bird that is being rehomed i dont recomend them
any way good luck

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Thanks guys. Luckily I can choose to actually foster the birds and perhaps if I do click then adopt it. If not the bird can then move on to somebody else who will have it permanently.

I personally do like the mealy amazons too and as you said their talking ability is lacking in comparison to the other amazons. To be honest I could not care less if a bird ever spoke or not. My birds of prey can't talk and I love them to pieces regardless of it haha!

I know what you mean about the bigger birds being more mellow. I mean look at hyacinth macaws! They're big cuddlebugs haha!

Thanks anyways for the comments!
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We've decided that we're going to adopt one hopefully next summer.
And I may be getting as a reward for my hard work in exams a parrot from a breeder but I'm not too sure what I want yet hehe!
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I'm looking forward to finding out which one you do end up getting!! Please tell us!




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We will do if we go through with it

and then a whollleeeee loada pictures haha!

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Pictures are a must! Every TalkParrots member knows that.




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Hehe... I haven't put up that many of my own birds! I will have to soon ahaa!

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I just noticed that, Daisy! It would be great if you could post some. Also, by the way, (I forgot to ask you in that other post) how are you feeling? What were you ill with?




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I will do asap. I've had a really bad form of cystitis and it's causing me hell. I've been really bad from it... the pain is just unreal right now D;

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I'm sorry to hear you are in a great deal of pain, Daisy. Are you feeling any better?


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I'm feeling a bit better today thank you nanay. And thanks for the concern. I'm just drinking so much cranberry juice

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