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Conversations are so quiet lately

Hi,

We need a good topic to get everyone chatting. How about this considering all parrots that their are, which one is the most loving, friendliest ever in all your opinions?

I want to get another parrot but I just can't decide?

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All species are individual. All individuals are unique. People dismiss budgies but budgies can speak fluently, be very colourful, very tame, very cuddly but still they're not a macaw so folks don't want them. Most loving completely depends on which bird you choose. There are some species than 99% of the time WON'T be cuddly and that's birds like greys, Indian ringnecks etc. In my personal opinion, having owned plenty of different species, the absolute best bird for being affectionate is a good hand raised cockatiel. I don't think you can go wrong with them. They're cuddly, can talk, not too loud, want to be with you and aren't overly needy. I also feel they're one of the only birds you can have more of and keep them tame. Their bites aren't bad at all and they rarely bite anyway. They are a lot of fun and sadly because they're not bright colours a lot of them get over looked. I love the white faced mutations and they're even more plain!

May I ask without sounding incredibly rude as to why you want another parrot right now? In some of your posts you sound like your 5 are being really difficult to manage at the moment so maybe holding off for a bit would be best so you're not as stressed with them? I know it's frustrating when you've got the bug, believe me haha, but what I've learnt is throwing another bird into the mix can cause double the havoc and double the stress! I adored my companion parrots, worshipped them even, but I don't think I could do it again. I'm happy with my birds being outdoors and they seem equally as happy. I keep a couple of disabled parrots inside but other than that it's a no go area for me again

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Cockatiels are incredible birds. A friend of mine is looking to get her first bird and I think she's decided on a cockatiel. (I'm kind of even tempted to have another... If it wasn't for my housing situation, I might!) Once you get to the "top" and experience larger birds firsthand, whether it's in owning them/working with them, you'll still look back and think how great cockatiels are. And that's saying something! At least that's how it is for me.




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I don't know where to start.
I started with Cockatiels after doing a lot of research.
They make super companion Fids. I have from super tame, needs cuddles, to not so tame. I do not know how to explain! They are not caged, came in as secondhand birds, and yet all interact with each other and myself.
If there is such a thing as a first companion, easy care bird, they have to rate very high.
Budgies. I have only had the one to learn from. She was my handicap and was a super little girl, so do understand how good they can be.
Lovebirds. I can remember one at the rescue that was so hand tame and loved to cuddle. Blew away what seems to be the norm for these guys.
Sun Conure. I have had two to interact with, and they were both great to have around. Super friendly and love human company. Never had to deal with them being loud, but know they can be with their incessant screaming when things go wrong and they are not happy. They love telling the whole world.
Alexandrine Dexter and now Alex have been stunning.
Eclectus I have had nothing but great things to say about them.

As for the forums being quiet! Facebook has taken a huge number of people away from the forums. Which is a shame as Facbook groups sucks when you want to go back over things. The search engine is the pits. Forums it is so easy to go back over stuff. And that is where new people go to reference things without feeling embarrassed asking.


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I'm with everyone else that cockatiels are amazing birds, they are talkers, funny and affectionate love out of the cage time to hang out with you even if they are not a hands on bird. They love to bath or be misted and are easy to feed a good diet of fresh veggies or chop.





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For me, the most loving, friendliest ever was our Cockatoo, then our Blue and Gold MaCaw, next would be about half of the Budgies we've had, next would be the Cockatiel my hubby found outside, now is our Linnies, and a friendly, but not cuddly Budgie.

Not so for my hubby, his order would different because our Cockatoo was afraid of men, he was the one who tamed our B&g MaCaw, he found the Cockatiel, and our Linnies adore him. Our Budgies have never interacted with him as much as me, so a lot has to do with personal interaction.

I would take all this in mind as well as how a new bird will impact your flock, and how it will be impacted by your flock. I hope a wonderful bird of the species you pick, chooses you

P.S. I would have another Cockatiel too!

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Ah Cockatiels. I have 2. Grahammie I swear is bipolar or at the very least quite strange. She hisses and lunges at my hand and then ducks her head for scritches. She will then let you scratch her for several minutes then she repeats the hiss lunge beg for scritches routine. Then there is Eric MY "hands off" cuddle bird. He will step onto and off of my arm from his cage and will snuggle next to my cheek. But heaven forbid you get your hands near him.

My most consistently snuggly rarely bites bird is my Hahns Macaw Guiseppe.. My most cuddly but also most likely to bite is my Rose breasted cockatoo, Russell. My BH Pionus Andre is least likely to bite but is also not cuddly (head scritches only please.
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thank you for snapping me out of my bird obsession. I so want a tamed bird and I thought if I got another baby I could train this one. I want to put a harness on my tamed bird and go outside for walks and to show her off to friends and have my bird be more part of my life. Now I have a birdroom and let them out, its like keeping fish you know no recognition or connection. that's why I want another bird. Training them would take years, years....
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It can be soooooooooo frustrating when you want your birds to be hands on and sometimes you just sit back and think why don't they want to be with me? I feed them, clean after them, love them and they don't wanna give you that hands on experience back! Are any of your birds hands on at all? Or are they all flighty?

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Training does come down to each bird is different and each owner will have a different relationship with a bird.
Then there is the level of tame.
Some birds can be tame as, but only on their terms.
It is possible to take a Parrot from the nest in the wild and tame it.
I am biased and my feelings are that a bird should now it's a bird and not be too humanised. So am anti taking them from the nest and hand raising.
But a better option is to handle the baby every from hatch day. (Only do this with parents that will not abandon the nest). Let the parents do the feeding. They know better than us how to wean them off. And there is no need to clip a baby to tame it.
Some birds do take a long time to become super tame, but not that long really. It comes down to how much effort you put in and relationship.
I know easy fro me to say as I connect to most birds quickly.
If you think back over most of the birds I have had have been rescues and adoptions, they have been from super tame to Tinkerbell who never did like me. And we are talking about a good number over the years.
Two Bubs I handled from day one.


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Excellent post Clive!

I too believe if you are a good breeder you will let the parents do their job with their chicks in a nest box all you need to do is check on the chicks to make sure they are being fed, make sure they don't have splay legs or any problems health wise and of course clean the nest box.

Doing this means you have every chance to be hands on with the chicks and they should be reasonably hand tame for you to sell/give to a new owner showing them how to continue with training daily to make their new pet hand tame and happy.

Of course there are the owners who don't follow up on training their new bird and the bird doesn't become tame at all and it lives without that experience of being hands on. Which isn't horrible, there are hundreds of thousands of birds living with people every day that are not hand tame but they have good happy lives despite not being touchy feely.





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No their all flighty. I need a bird trainer to come over and walk me through the steps. But they are expensive ...
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Steps for aggressive birds

Who knows what the steps are for aggressive birds. Starting from in the cage? Anyone?

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Try clicker training, walk by cage, drop treat in a dish that you can reach without having to open cage, click walk away, unless he will take treat from your fingers, then give him the treat , click walk away... Go up to cage, chatter nonsense at him, give treat click , walk away.
Not all birds want to be with people tho. I have a 6-7 month old tiel who I raised, he was handled EVERY SINGLE DAY from the day he hatched, I had to pull the babies at 3-4 weeks and hand raise due to mom going back to nest and dad mounting his daughters. He was tame and as he grew and matured wanted less and less to do with me, all other 4 babies turned out silly sweet and tame, he is totally hands off! He will step up to get across the cage quicker at feeding time or if he is in the wrong cage at bedtime (doors to the tiels cages and the budgie cage are open all day and everyone just goes in whatever cage they want) but he wants to get off as soon as possible and will run from you any other time... His Dad was found outside last year and is tame and sweet but not cuddly, his mom is cuddly and sweet.
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