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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-03-2017, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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First Pet Bird

Hello all, I'm a new member here. I'm 15 and looking to get my first pet bird. I live in an apartment so space and noise are a bit of a concern. I'm on a high school schedule with football practice so I'll be able to spend time with my bird in the mornings from about 6:30 to 7:10 and at night from about 7:30 till around 11. On weekends I spend most of my time watching Netflix with my girlfriend so we'd be able to both spend time with the bird over weekends. Which leads to my next point. I'd like the bird to be big and loving enough to be a good cuddle buddy that can hang out and watch Jane the Virgin(I swear my girlfriend chose the show not me ). Also, due to the football schedule I haven't really had the ability to get a real job so my income is about $25 a week from mowing my grandparents yard plus whatever my mom feels generous enough to throw at me. So money is a bit of a limiting factor. That does it for any real requirements. But of course there are some bonus points that don't really matter but would add a bit more fun to the experience. I really like bright colors. Particularly purples and reds and blues. Also, it'd be nice if the bird could mimick a few tunes. Not necessarily coherent speech but like if I played my favorite blues tracks on repeat for awhile I could come home to a smooth saxophone whistle. Lastly it'd be nice to train the bird to fly to me so that maybe when I'm home on weekends I could leave the cage open and allow him to have a little bit of freedom. I know all that might choke down options quite a bit but I might as well ask what's out there. Thanks for any advice.

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a blue budgie/ parakeet can be a good choice for you.
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a blue budgie/ parakeet can be a good choice for you.
I was actually just looking at those. Thanks for the feedback. Now I just need to get some supplies and find someone nearby selling them.

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Depending on your budget I would recommend a green cheeked conure or any of the pyrrhura conures. They are independent enough to entertain themselves, not overly loud at all, small but very much so big-bird like in their mannerisms and tend to be real cuddlers. A more gentle and quiet suggestion would be a cockatiel. Can't go wrong with a cockatiel. They are loving, sweet, gentle and don't have a remotely offensive voice

I will say, however, that no matter what bird you choose you should definitely take into considerations the life choices you may be making further down the line. Even the smallest of birds can live 15-20 years with the correct care and that will see you through your college years etc. If you have intentions of going to college or university and moving home in the future then you need to seriously think that through. You may not always be able to take the bird with you where you go. You can buy toys and food relatively inexpensive, but if you're on $25 a week I would start stashing quite a considerable amount up for a little while so you have money to fall back on if your bird needs to see a vet. Remember, most vets will see birds but won't have a clue what they're doing. A specialist costs money and plenty of it. When you get the bird I recommend getting an initial disease test and/or blood workup. While they may be expensive to start with at least you will have peace of mind that your bird doesn't have anything wrong with them and can live a healthy and normal life

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Depending on your budget I would recommend a green cheeked conure or any of the pyrrhura conures. They are independent enough to entertain themselves, not overly loud at all, small but very much so big-bird like in their mannerisms and tend to be real cuddlers. A more gentle and quiet suggestion would be a cockatiel. Can't go wrong with a cockatiel. They are loving, sweet, gentle and don't have a remotely offensive voice

I will say, however, that no matter what bird you choose you should definitely take into considerations the life choices you may be making further down the line. Even the smallest of birds can live 15-20 years with the correct care and that will see you through your college years etc. If you have intentions of going to college or university and moving home in the future then you need to seriously think that through. You may not always be able to take the bird with you where you go. You can buy toys and food relatively inexpensive, but if you're on $25 a week I would start stashing quite a considerable amount up for a little while so you have money to fall back on if your bird needs to see a vet. Remember, most vets will see birds but won't have a clue what they're doing. A specialist costs money and plenty of it. When you get the bird I recommend getting an initial disease test and/or blood workup. While they may be expensive to start with at least you will have peace of mind that your bird doesn't have anything wrong with them and can live a healthy and normal life
I would say he needs some bucks for a good cage too.
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