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Post How old were you when you first got a bird?

Please share with us what age you were when you got your first bird and what type of bird it was.

If you got a bird when you were a child while living with your family, were you very closely connected to this bird?

Was owning this bird with your family a reason you wanted to have birds later on in your life?





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When I was very young (2-3 yrs) I recall there were budgies or a single canary in our family home so I was interested in them from an early age. My brother taught the budgies to talk and they were hand tame so it was exciting to interact with these birds.

My father kept racing pigeons so I also got interested in these birds as well, he bred them and raced and entered some in shows so this was another way birds influenced me in my life at an early age and probably why I still enjoy having birds in my life.





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We always had budgies...a whole flock of 8 or more for a little while. Then around 4 or 5 we had a yellow fronted amazon. He was probably wild caught and we did everything "wrong" with him (at the time it was "right"). I remember my dad used to leave him in the small plum tree we had in the back yard (his wings were plucked in the summer) and sometimes we'd forget he was there and he'd walk back to the house. Also, I wasn't very nice to him at that age No one can remember what happened to that bird. I was too young and my father keeps getting him confused with our blue front amazon. We don't know if he died or if my dad gave him to someone, or if he flew away....no one remembers.

My bfa was my favorite. We got him when I was in junior high. We only had him for a short time (1-2 years). I don't know his story, he was bought from a petshop dirt cheap about $500 for cage and food and bird, etc so we don't know what the deal was but the owner was kind of desperate to get rid of him. I loved that bird, but while we were away on vacation he got sick and my dad had no clue, so he died. I really missed that bird and in a way every bird since then has kind of been a "replacement" for him. I really want an amazon (especially a blue front) because of him, but all the descriptions I read about them makes me hesitant. I loved when we came home from school and he would be all loud, not so much screaming, but just loud "jungle noises" and barking and laughing...all while hanging upside down from the door way moldings......

.........writing about him is making me miss him too much, and giving me crazy ideas about getting an amazon....maybe an older one, I love their more laid back attitudes.....definitely not now......

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Awwww Anna, sad memories as well as some good ones as well for you with birds at an early age.

It sounds like you were a bird lover from an early age and this probably helped you become the bird lover you are today. Thanks for sharing with us.





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I got my first bird, Elsa, the day before I turned 16, when she was around 5 months. My dad had moved out the previous fall, taking one of my favorite pets, Gizmo. We still had Lily, but it wasn't the same. I was used to having a noisy house full of people and animal sounds. About 6 months before my birthday, my mon told me I could get a caged pet of my choice. When I couldn't choose, she said that I might like a budgie, since she enjoyed having one when she was my age. I enjoyed having Elsa a lot, but both me and my mom noticed that Elsa seemed really lonely, so my Christmas present that year was Gilbert, who just turn 1 year old last month.
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I got my first bird, Elsa, the day before I turned 16, when she was around 5 months. My dad had moved out the previous fall, taking one of my favorite pets, Gizmo. We still had Lily, but it wasn't the same. I was used to having a noisy house full of people and animal sounds. About 6 months before my birthday, my mon told me I could get a caged pet of my choice. When I couldn't choose, she said that I might like a budgie, since she enjoyed having one when she was my age. I enjoyed having Elsa a lot, but both me and my mom noticed that Elsa seemed really lonely, so my Christmas present that year was Gilbert, who just turn 1 year old last month.

So are you now a bird lover for life?

Do you feel you might want any other types of birds in the future?





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I'm totally a bird lover! And yes, I'd like to own other types of birds later on. My dream bird is an eclectus.
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I'm totally a bird lover! And yes, I'd like to own other types of birds later on. My dream bird is an eclectus.

Sweet! Welcome to the BirdLovers4Ever Club.





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Ironically, I was afraid of birds for the longest time, as my neighbor raises pigeons and they dive bomb people during spring.
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Ironically, I was afraid of birds for the longest time, as my neighbor raises pigeons and they dive bomb people during spring.

Those darn killer bomb diving pigeons, they are so evil!





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I don't know how old I was, but I think it's got to be started from when I was able to walk and communicate. I remember well from the moment I was walking until now I have always walked the same place by my grandparents (they adopted me) with my grandad and I would always try and stop birds. I knew most of the natives at a very young age. Most kids would sit in front of a TV watching cartoon network but I wanted to watch any nature documentary I could. I was captivated by birds mostly. I would watch a lot about parrots and birds of prey in particular. I then discovered falconry very young and I was able to visit my local falconry centre every weekend after a long week at school. I ended up working there. When I was about 6? My grandad took me to a bird store (it's no longer open as it was bought out) to look at the birds. I wasn't allowed one because my nan was phobic. Did I come home with one? Of course. An adult male lutino cockatiel called Paulie (I had recently seen the movie). Even at that age I felt sorry for him, all alone in a round cage. I said I wanted to get him a friend but to get him one we would need more space. Next thing I know I have a 9 foot long, 6 foot wide and 6 foot tall aviary. It exploded from there and I was keeping many budgies for showing and breeding and I had about 4 cockatiels. I also bred Bobwhite quail. When I was taken out of foster care and placed back with my mom I was bought a red fronted kakariki, Eddie (named after the bare eyed cockatoo we almost bought but the pet shop he was at disregarded our deposit and sold him anyway). He didn't live very long thanks to my moms stupidity. Once I was officially taken away from my mom I sold up my birds. I gave them all to a farm that would be helping to create a sensory environment for children living with disabilities. I have heard they're STILL going well (Paulie and his buddies). It was at this point, when I was 10-11 that I got my Harris' hawk. Falconry became very big for me and it's still a huge passion now, I just haven't been able to do as much since moving away but I'm moving back withi the month! A few years after getting Chalkie I wanted to fly an owl so we bought a baby Indian eagle owl, about 3 weeks old, for me to raise. Raising raptors is SO easy compared to parrots. While I had her, my boyfriend at the time was getting into parrots because of me and his family were kind enough to let us keep red fronted kakarikis, budgies, cockatiels and some quail. When we broke up I took these with us and he was left with a pair of linnies and a pair of kakariki. He sold up his, as far as I'm aware. My owl had died before her second birthday and I was mortified I remember just starting up at the forum at the time. I took his birds with me anyway as I now had enormous empty aviaries and it's just carried on from that. I had a flock of companion parrots when me and my partner moved out but due to a gas leak we lost them. We are slowly building up again but it's very hard

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I don't know how old I was, but I think it's got to be started from when I was able to walk and communicate. I remember well from the moment I was walking until now I have always walked the same place by my grandparents (they adopted me) with my grandad and I would always try and stop birds. I knew most of the natives at a very young age. Most kids would sit in front of a TV watching cartoon network but I wanted to watch any nature documentary I could. I was captivated by birds mostly. I would watch a lot about parrots and birds of prey in particular. I then discovered falconry very young and I was able to visit my local falconry centre every weekend after a long week at school. I ended up working there. When I was about 6? My grandad took me to a bird store (it's no longer open as it was bought out) to look at the birds. I wasn't allowed one because my nan was phobic. Did I come home with one? Of course. An adult male lutino cockatiel called Paulie (I had recently seen the movie). Even at that age I felt sorry for him, all alone in a round cage. I said I wanted to get him a friend but to get him one we would need more space. Next thing I know I have a 9 foot long, 6 foot wide and 6 foot tall aviary. It exploded from there and I was keeping many budgies for showing and breeding and I had about 4 cockatiels. I also bred Bobwhite quail. When I was taken out of foster care and placed back with my mom I was bought a red fronted kakariki, Eddie (named after the bare eyed cockatoo we almost bought but the pet shop he was at disregarded our deposit and sold him anyway). He didn't live very long thanks to my moms stupidity. Once I was officially taken away from my mom I sold up my birds. I gave them all to a farm that would be helping to create a sensory environment for children living with disabilities. I have heard they're STILL going well (Paulie and his buddies). It was at this point, when I was 10-11 that I got my Harris' hawk. Falconry became very big for me and it's still a huge passion now, I just haven't been able to do as much since moving away but I'm moving back withi the month! A few years after getting Chalkie I wanted to fly an owl so we bought a baby Indian eagle owl, about 3 weeks old, for me to raise. Raising raptors is SO easy compared to parrots. While I had her, my boyfriend at the time was getting into parrots because of me and his family were kind enough to let us keep red fronted kakarikis, budgies, cockatiels and some quail. When we broke up I took these with us and he was left with a pair of linnies and a pair of kakariki. He sold up his, as far as I'm aware. My owl had died before her second birthday and I was mortified I remember just starting up at the forum at the time. I took his birds with me anyway as I now had enormous empty aviaries and it's just carried on from that. I had a flock of companion parrots when me and my partner moved out but due to a gas leak we lost them. We are slowly building up again but it's very hard

Thank you for such an amazing in depth post about your love for birds from an early time as a child to today.

You've had some ups and downs in your life with birds but I am happy to read you keep on at the hobby you know and love. Keep up the good work.





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When I was around 5, my sisters each had a Budgie, I didn't know much, but I liked them. I don't remember what happened to them.

My husband helped take care of an injured Robin when he was young.
I wanted a bird of my own, so whe we got married, my husband bought me a Budgie for our first Christmas. She was a great bird and we were love with birds.

Yes, we did things wrong as well, but we learned, and she did have a happy life. I'm so glad so much has been learned about birds in the years since.

And yes, it made us want other birds after her, a Cockateil, a B&G MaCaw, Cockatoos, More Budgies and Linnies. I don't think we can be without birds -they enrich our lives every day

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When I was around 5, my sisters each had a Budgie, I didn't know much, but I liked them. I don't remember what happened to them.

My husband helped take care of an injured Robin when he was young.
I wanted a bird of my own, so whe we got married, my husband bought me a Budgie for our first Christmas. She was a great bird and we were love with birds.

Yes, we did things wrong as well, but we learned, and she did have a happy life. I'm so glad so much has been learned about birds in the years since.

And yes, it made us want other birds after her, a Cockateil, a B&G MaCaw, Cockatoos, More Budgies and Linnies. I don't think we can be without birds -they enrich our lives every day

Nice post Missy!

I think all of us here are like you, we had a bird when we were young and didn't give it the very best because we didn't know then what we know now.

Its great you had an interest for birds when young and grew into loving them and having them in your life later.





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I was 7 or 8yrs old and it was a yellow budgie named Trickster.

My mom bought it as a gift as I had saved up and bought the cage and accessories with my own money she surprised me one day after school with a new bird

Absolutely! so be careful... I have 4 now...

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I was 7 or 8yrs old and it was a yellow budgie named Trickster.

My mom bought it as a gift as I had saved up and bought the cage and accessories with my own money she surprised me one day after school with a new bird

Absolutely! so be careful... I have 4 now...

Only 4? I can see many more birds in your future.

Interesting how we all seem to have been touched by birds in our lives at a young age, and how it made us continue to have them in our lives as we got older.





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I know I feel... you have to be introduced at an early age to most things not to be unfamiliar to it IMO. also I just found out that I passed my Midterm yay! it has only been three weeks and I have already written 4 exams I am exhausted.. I also might be on here to procrastinate my medications list.. lol

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I know I feel... you have to be introduced at an early age to most things not to be unfamiliar to it IMO. also I just found out that I passed my Midterm yay! it has only been three weeks and I have already written 4 exams I am exhausted.. I also might be on here to procrastinate my medications list.. lol

Congratulations on passing your Midterm.

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