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So I'm about to get ether a GCC or a Crimson Bellied Conure. I'm only worried that since I am a college student. I have breaks, like spring break, winter break, and summer break. Plus weekends home if i chose to go home some weekends. My question is what is the best way to get my bird from one place to the next? I've pretty much decided the best thing is to just get a second cage to keep at home so i don't have to move cages all the time. But beyond that I am lost
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Are you able to wait until you're out of college? If not then you could leave it with your parents while you're away, but if the bird is bonded to you then it might get depressed and emotionally neglected when you're not there. Also your parents would need to be willing to take care of it while you were away. Do any colleges take pets? If so, then you can, but I'm not sure if things are different over here.
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Well it's going to live with me, I have an apartment that allows pets. My question is more when i do go home during breaks how do i take him with me. I'm gonna have a cage at home and at my apartment so i dont have to take the cage with me. But that way he/she can always be with me I would never just leave him/her. I want it to be with me all the time.
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that's good, you should definitely have a cage at your parents as well, so long as they're okay with it so yeah, I think you should get the bird you want.
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Would it be too stressful? I mean I don't go home often. I only live an hour away from home. Is there anyway I can make the ride less stressful?
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So I'm about to get ether a GCC or a Crimson Bellied Conure. I'm only worried that since I am a college student. I have breaks, like spring break, winter break, and summer break. Plus weekends home if i chose to go home some weekends. My question is what is the best way to get my bird from one place to the next? I've pretty much decided the best thing is to just get a second cage to keep at home so i don't have to move cages all the time. But beyond that I am lost
Birds need lots of attention I wouldnt get one until you finish college so you have the time to give the bird the TLC he/she really needs

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as long as your bird gets around 3 hours of out of cage attention time it will be fine you will need a travel cage that you can seat-belt into the car and you need to get your bird used to traveling from very early on

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Im a sophmore who has been accepted into medical school already. I'm looking at 6+ more years of school. I study in my room or relax in my room over 4 hours everyday. I would have plenty of time (I Think) to spend with the bird. I'm getting a bird as a type of therapy. My mom loved and had birds, so my therapist suggested this would be a great way to help me with the depression of her passing away. I really want to spend time with this bird. It will hopefully help me get through these next few years beyond undergraduate and medical school. He or she can be a life long companion
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I think if you get the bird used to outings in a secure travel cage it should be fine... Set up the home cage basically the same as the away cage ... I also would try flight suit or harness training from young and use it regularly to keep the bird accustomed to it.
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Get a little travel cage. I've gone through two schools and college with a flock of now 50+ and I manage it. I'm away this weekend but my lory is coming with me because I don't feel I can trust the family to not feed him the same as the others. Honestly though, it will be okay. If you're worried about them getting bored you could always get 2

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baby birds are very adaptable. if at a young age it gets accustomed to travelling between the two places, it should adjust very well at first though try to get the same two cages and try to have them set up the same way at each place so that the bird has less stress of change during travel you can always cover the travel cage if he seems stressed by seeing the move, but that is up to the bird. as for something to do when you are not home, you can offer a LOT of foraging toys and a lot of things to keep him very busy. as a college student, you might not have the finances to support two birds should they both get sick or the food, toys, or cages since cages will be more money since they need a much bigger cage, OR if they dont get along, you need 4 cages (two per place of residence) and should they get along but one day decide they dont want to get along, you could come home to injury.


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So you are considering pet birds, but you don't know if you should get one or two. Or, you have a single bird and are considering a buddy.

A common myth is that two birds will not bond to their owner.

If enough individual time is spent with each bird they will still have a bond with their owner. Each bird is an individual. Some birds are more bird oriented than others. These type of personalities do better with a bird companion.
Some birds are more human oriented and these birds are perfectly happy as single birds. As long as they get enough attention from their owners, these birds do just fine.

Some pros to two birds:
Your bird has a constant buddy when you are not home.
You get to watch how they interact together and play together.
You bird can learn to be a bird and learn more independence.
You can curb some flock calling.

Cons to two birds:
May not get along as expected.
If they do get along, you need a bigger cage.
If incompatible, they need separate cages.
Twice the food ration.
If one gets sick, there's risk of both birds getting sick--therefore higher vet bills.
Injuries may happen.
Jealousy.
Unplanned breeding behaviours.
Most birds double noise level.
If incompatible, twice the time spent on each bird.
Twice the toys.
Disputes over territory.
Twice the mess.
More money for continuous upkeep.

There may be more cons listed, but the pros' quality outweigh the cons. Think of your situation and your bird.
Avoid getting a bird for your bird. If they don't get along, you now have TWO needy birds! You should get another bird if YOU want another bird.
If you are considering a buddy for your bird, it is less complex to stick with the same species. Different species should not be housed together, some species are more aggressive and dangerous than others. Even birds like lovebirds are known to kill other birds--including those larger than them.

Always prepare for things to not work out and hope for the best if you opt to get another bird.



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I agree with everyone, get a travel cage! It is the best way to ensure safety in the car!
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Wow You guys are great! I'm only getting one bird. I have a job and I specifically got it to be able to pay for my bird. I just havent decided between a GCC or a Crimson Bellied yet. I am definitely getting two cages, one for home and one for my apartment AND a travel cage. Thanks for all your help. Once i get him or her in the next few weeks, I will definitely post pictures. You guys have been so helpful
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Ive been reading through this forum alot and wondered what would be better for a cuddly bird to spend time with, a GCC, Crimson Bellied, or a Meyers?
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Or a senegal for that matter? I just want a loving bird i can spend a lot of time with that isnt gonna be too loud for an apartment.
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i personally would go meet these birds yourself. then whichever bird seems to show the most interest in you, and wants to go home with you, then that there is your bird. it would have chosen you. do research on all those species so you have the edge no matter which bird chooses you



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There is a breeder around me that has GCC and Crimson Bellied, but meyers are hard to find around me and same with Senegal's
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well, ive heard many many good things about GCC being cuddly, though they are known to be sometimes nippy. the rest i dont know too much. sennies are supposed to be great birds, all around very friendly and cuddly with their owners, they are fairly quiet, but can be bird aggressive. a senegal i think is an awesome bird, theyre calmer than GCC. GCC are great too, but i personally like Sennies more they are just so sweet



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What is a good hatch date if i wanted to get a baby to really bond with? Is this past February too late? should i look for something more recent?
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you can bond with both adult or baby, a benefit to an adult bird, is that it will have already gone through the difficult teen hormonal stage and be more stable in personality. you can bond with any bird

babies are cute, but they can change a bit and become difficult during some phases. just look for a bird that chooses you regardless of age the bird that chooses you will form a close bond with you.



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