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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-14-2019, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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I am fairly new to parrots so I came here for your expert advice. I have an uncle that has had parrots ever since I can remember. I have wanted one for myself as far back as I can remember, but other than my uncle's birds I haven't been around that many. I've been reading about them for years and I already know what to expect when I get my own as far as messy, noisy, demanding, can be moody, etc. But that's no worry for me, I want my bird to love me as much as I already love it, it's going to be my best friend! Plus, I am good with animals and have always been responsible with my pet friends and my uncle said he thinks I will do good, because I asked him first. I've been saving up to get a bird since I was 12 and now that I have a regular job I can pay for vets and food and everything. So on to my questions.

1. My first question is how to introduce myself to a new bird I don't know. I don't want to scare or make any birds mad at me right when I meet them. I only know my uncle's birds and I don't really remember how I met them or how I acted. What is the best way so I'm off to a good start?

2. Since my uncle has three birds and I am good with them, even babysat them when my uncle goes on vacations, I kind of have my heart set on a Hahn's Macaw. It wouldn't be as big and I guess some wouldn't think they are as pretty as my uncle's blue one but I think it's a perfect size for me since I don't have a ton of room.

That's my questions because I've already thought this over and read a whole lot. But any advice would be great. Thank you
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It sounds like you have your mind made up and you want to get a bird ... why don't you try and find a bird shelter or humane society that has birds for adoption and donate some time caring and getting to know the birds they house. It's a great way for you to be exposed to care and the needs of all types of bird. The staff and other volunteers will show you how to become friends and learn to read a bird body language.


It's a great way to learn about all sorts of birds and their medical needs as well as their day to day needs. You will learn hands on with the birds and in a short time you will have a good idea which breed you will want to own yourself.


Experience goes a long way with owning a bird.


I would look into meeting with a breeder in time and getting to know what type of parrots he/she has. You can put a deposit on a bird and visit it for a few months each week while the breeder works with feeding and hand taming the chick. When it comes time for you to bring your new bird friend home you will have perfect hands on training and the bird will know you already.





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Thanks! That actually sounds like it would be fun and I'd be able to help some birds without homes too.
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