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Ricky (Eastern Rosella)

Ricky. Eastern Rosella.
I think Ricky was one of the first birds I ever posted on this forum.
He was handed in to a rescue and then transfered to another as he was cage aggressive.
It turned out that he was a young bird and chances are he fell out of a nest.
He certainly had 'Balls'
I was the one who went to get him from the first rescue. The lady said "You want gloves". No! I can deal with it. He made me bleed but I would not let go and carried on putting him in the travel cage.
At the rescue I used to let him out, that way they could service his cage without getting bitten. He was always full of himself. And he started to stalk and attack people in the bird room. I used to laugh at his antics. Nobody liked bleeding though. So he was put on notice that he would be going out in an aviary. So I stepped in and took him home. He never did bite me again, though he would attack anybody who came in the house, and I mean attack. One mate called him a 'Flying Rotweiller' Ricky got him by a knuckle and was shaking the **** out my mate. Another guy Ricky launched at bleed from the bite just below his lip.
Yet he loved me.
He had to leave though as he started to attack my baby Cockatiles. I came home one day and found one bleeding badly from toes chewed off.
Pure Jealousy.
He went from this


To this in a year.


And the best photo ever of him.


Ricky could be pushy.


Hand bathing.

Ricky checking out the new bird pool, that I had just fired up for the very first time.

All I can say is that if I was to have just one bird I would certainly try again. Make no mistake I would not tell anybody to get one.
You need to bond, though. Ricky in human terms was Arrogant, showed no fear at all, and was very pushy. When he attacked you could knock him down and he would come forward on the floor. Attitude to burn.
I loved him and was lucky he loved me back.

Molly was the only other Eastern Rosella I know of who was hand tame.
Sorry I have to correct this. There was a great story of one that latched on to a young boy, when he was playing in a barn, that went home with them and was tame.
These are the type of birds you keep in aviaries for very good reasons. Not as pets. My relationship with Ricky was a very special one.


A tribute to my lost ones. RIP.

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What a gorgeous bird! I really wanted a rosella, but on further research came to the same conclusion as you, that they are usually aviary birds.

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Ricky was truly a character who knew no fear! I was so impressed watching him bath in your hands under the tap. He truly did love you and was happy with you, too bad he wasn't as nice to your tiels.

I am still blown away by his colors and feathering and markings, that is really an beautiful bird!





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I can only agree with you Clive that the Easterns do not make good pets. They are native to where I live and I have hand raised quite a number of them. A friend brought me a clutch of 5 whose tree had come down in a storm. They were only little balls of fluff when I got them so they were very young. Were great to handle and feed when they were young, but when weaning time came around the personality change was quite drastic. Even though I was mum and had been feeding them 3 times a day for nearly 8 weeks the attitude was there.

They are stunning looking birds but definately more an aviary bird to a pet.
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I can't handle the bites I don't know how people do. Man it hurts....
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I can't handle the bites I don't know how people do. Man it hurts....

I've been bitten so many times in the past by a bunch of different types of birds that I just don't react anymore.

I'm either use to it and don't care because it stops hurting after a few minutes. I always notice later on when I look at my hands there might be skin missing where I got nailed by a beak earlier on but I don't feel the pain anywhere.





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I can't handle the bites I don't know how people do. Man it hurts....
I don't bat an eyelid when I'm bitten. The only thing recently that made me swear about a million times was I was trimming my hawks beak while he was wearing his hood and as I haven't flown him for a while and he's been free lofted in his aviary the flying jesses he wore had gone dry and snapped. He jumped up and of course being hooded couldn't see so was trying to grab anything he could to find grip. Boy did I swear... and bleed! I bled for England! He went up my arm and then slipped and grabbed on to my lower back. If you've seen the feet on a Harris' hawk you'll know why it hurt haha. I was okay with it though, I stayed calm, minus the wearing. My grandfather was in the aviary at the time waiting to grab him should anything go wrong but he panicked and went to get another glove. I told him to not bother trying to get him off and he would be better off just taking the hood off there and then so he could see. The moment he took the hood off he spooked and flew off, realising what he was doing haha. I've been bitten by macaws and cockatoos and my largest snake which is a boa roughly 10+ foot and weighing around 84lbs got me a couple of months ago right on the chest. I didn't flinch!

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I'm sorry you've had to rehome Ricky Sometimes you have to do what's best for your others safety though. It's like my red fronted kakariki is sharing an aviary with the cockatiels because I can trust him with those. The budgies though, nope. He tries to get them through the aviary wire! I think rosellas and most grass parrots make poor pets and should be able to live an aviary life. They're very flighty and enjoy moving around a lot. Again, red fronted kakarikis. They're a bit of a craze in the UK because you can pick one up for 15 and they're flashy and more parrot like than a budgie to some. They're crammed into small cages and they don't enjoy it. They like to bounce around and make a mess. They LOVE winter! It's sad to see them cooped up and I for one did it myself when I was first on this forum but I soon built them an aviary. Has Ricky gone to another aviary home?

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