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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-06-2015, 04:14 AM Thread Starter
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Which parrot?

My daughter wants to get a parrot for her birthday. She really wants to get an Amazon, but I'm worried it'll bite her little brothers, who are 8 and 10. She has five hours everyday to spend with the bird, on the weekends she will almost have all day. I thought we should get a lorikeet, but they're too small for the cage we've already got (our last parrot's cage) and my daughter doesn't really want one.
She will be the one spending the most time with it. Her brothers aren't really interested about birds, so they won't really spend much time with it. I will also be spending a lot of time with the parrot after she's gone to bed, so it gets enough time with us each day.
Which parrot do you think we should get? An Amazon or a large conure?
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I wouldn't get a bird depending on a cage you already own, cages can be sold and the money can be spent on buying a new sized cage for the bird you really want.

How old is your daughter? Even if she has 5 hours daily to spend with the bird and longer time on weekends most kids/teens will still have other things they need or want to do with friends or school work etc that will keep them away from their bird from time to time. So you will have to be the other caregiver and take over when she isn't home.

It would be a good idea to do some homework, you need to look at all the many different breeds of birds that interest you and then look at the amount of work that goes into keeping it healthy and happy. Every bird type is different with different needs in diet, bathing exercise and interaction as well as noise they create.

There are so many things to consider what's good for you and the family.
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