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Exclamation Possibly adopting a new alexandrine

Sorry but this is going to be very long... okay i have a few questions to ask regarding Alexandrine parrots. I have already messaged two people. One told me to post here and the other hasn't replied. Yet so i thought i would take the first persons advice and post here to ask a few questions.
I am possibly planning on adopting a Alexandrine parrot from my sister.But first i would like to explain my situation a little bit (sorry). My sister inherited an Alexandrine for free from one of her boyfriends clients who i think either had to give him up or died. He was a very spoiled bird when they got him with screeching problems. The woman who had him before fed him alot of junk so he is kinda picky. He has gotten a tiny bit better but not much.
Anyways, i love parrots and i really have always wanted a bigger bird. I have a budgie who is about 8 years old and one who is about 4-5 months old. I love my small parrots but like i said i have always wanted a bigger one.
My sister is trying to convince her boyfriend to give the parrot to me because of the fact that the bird doesn't like him but her boyfriend likes the bird. The bird just won't accept him. the bird is like 3-4 years old so he is still pretty young. The bird loves my sister however but she doesn't really want him. She tolerates him enough to take care of him but she has 1 parakeet, 2 cats, 2 dogs, Multiple fish, and multiple bugs as pets and she also has 3 kids, one a newborn baby. She has her hands full and she feels i could give him the home that he needs.
I am ready to take the responsibility for the bird. I know they are moderately loud and that they need time out of their cage (which i actually love that fact lol). I do live in apartments but i live on the end and i have one neighbor who is always loud anyways.
So my questions are:
1) how hard is it to tame an alexandrine who i don't think had alot of handling in his first few years but enough to know how to step up if he absolutely needs to (like if he fly's to the ground).
2) Is it hard to deal with their screeching problem? i have researched way to curb the behavior and it doesn't seem hard so i think i might be able to.
3) what is a good diet for them? i have looked everywhere for information on this one but no one has the answer. I know that sunflower seeds are kinda bad for them but he can't have them anyways because for some reason they make him more aggressive. They seem to be one of the less studied parrots out there.
4)Even if he isn't very socialized now, is it possible to socialize him still? like if i get him and he actually accepts me, will it be hard to get him to accept my boyfriend after some time?
5) Can they be harness trained? i would like to know because if i can get him i would eventually like to harness train him so i can walk around with him on nice days since i live in a small town.
and 6) how many hours a day does he need to be out of his cage/ payed attention to. I go to school at 7:40 in the morning and get home at 1:10 most days. This leaves me from 1:10 till 10/ 10:30 to spend time with him. On some days though i don't get home till 3 because i volunteer but i can stills spend time with him till 10 or 10:30.
Anyways sorry for such a long message. I just would really love to give this parrot a loving forever home. I am willing to put the time into training him (if possible) and make him into a loving pet but i can't find barely anything on this species. I have the time, dedication and patience to work with him if i need to. I'm not very scared of a parrot bite either. I know they hurt ALOT but i can deal with it if it'll mean making a loving companion out of him. Anyways please help me. I would very much appriciate it. Thank you.
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Sorry but this is going to be very long... okay i have a few questions to ask regarding Alexandrine parrots. I have already messaged two people. One told me to post here and the other hasn't replied. Yet so i thought i would take the first persons advice and post here to ask a few questions.
I am possibly planning on adopting a Alexandrine parrot from my sister.But first i would like to explain my situation a little bit (sorry). My sister inherited an Alexandrine for free from one of her boyfriends clients who i think either had to give him up or died. He was a very spoiled bird when they got him with screeching problems. The woman who had him before fed him alot of junk so he is kinda picky. He has gotten a tiny bit better but not much.
Anyways, i love parrots and i really have always wanted a bigger bird. I have a budgie who is about 8 years old and one who is about 4-5 months old. I love my small parrots but like i said i have always wanted a bigger one.
My sister is trying to convince her boyfriend to give the parrot to me because of the fact that the bird doesn't like him but her boyfriend likes the bird. The bird just won't accept him. the bird is like 3-4 years old so he is still pretty young. The bird loves my sister however but she doesn't really want him. She tolerates him enough to take care of him but she has 1 parakeet, 2 cats, 2 dogs, Multiple fish, and multiple bugs as pets and she also has 3 kids, one a newborn baby. She has her hands full and she feels i could give him the home that he needs.
I am ready to take the responsibility for the bird. I know they are moderately loud and that they need time out of their cage (which i actually love that fact lol). I do live in apartments but i live on the end and i have one neighbor who is always loud anyways.
So my questions are:
1) how hard is it to tame an alexandrine who i don't think had alot of handling in his first few years but enough to know how to step up if he absolutely needs to (like if he fly's to the ground).
2) Is it hard to deal with their screeching problem? i have researched way to curb the behavior and it doesn't seem hard so i think i might be able to.
3) what is a good diet for them? i have looked everywhere for information on this one but no one has the answer. I know that sunflower seeds are kinda bad for them but he can't have them anyways because for some reason they make him more aggressive. They seem to be one of the less studied parrots out there.
4)Even if he isn't very socialized now, is it possible to socialize him still? like if i get him and he actually accepts me, will it be hard to get him to accept my boyfriend after some time?
5) Can they be harness trained? i would like to know because if i can get him i would eventually like to harness train him so i can walk around with him on nice days since i live in a small town.
and 6) how many hours a day does he need to be out of his cage/ payed attention to. I go to school at 7:40 in the morning and get home at 1:10 most days. This leaves me from 1:10 till 10/ 10:30 to spend time with him. On some days though i don't get home till 3 because i volunteer but i can stills spend time with him till 10 or 10:30.
Anyways sorry for such a long message. I just would really love to give this parrot a loving forever home. I am willing to put the time into training him (if possible) and make him into a loving pet but i can't find barely anything on this species. I have the time, dedication and patience to work with him if i need to. I'm not very scared of a parrot bite either. I know they hurt ALOT but i can deal with it if it'll mean making a loving companion out of him. Anyways please help me. I would very much appriciate it. Thank you.
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Hello and welcome to Talk Parrots, it sounds like you really want to get this alexandrine and give it a good life I hope it works in your favor.

Make sure to take the bird to an avian vet for a check up so that you can get some proper information about diet and some tips on handling this bird. I learned early on that by watching my avian handle my birds when examining them it gave me the knowledge I needed to handle them hold them and give them important daily hands on training.

Any bird can become more hand tame in time when you build up trust with them, but be warned this rarely happens over night over a week or even a month. It can take a long long time to get a bird trust especially a bird that's been shuffled from home to home.

Eventually when you are successful and have this bird coming to you to play and socialize you may be able to train it to be in a harness for outside trips but again this is only if you get this bird to trust you and come to you easily.

I'm sure there are ways to deal with screeching and hopefully there are others on here who can help give you some ideas.

Make sure you have everything you need ahead of time before the bird comes home to you, you'll need a large cage solid perches and toys and dishes for seeds/fresh foods and water. In time you will find all the other things you will need to keep this bird healthy and happy.

Good luck, I hope you get him and can change his life for the better.





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Well thank you you are the only one who has even replied to me. I appreciate it. I know you gave me as much information as you could and i really and thankful for that so thank you
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maybe this will make someone help me a little more, but here are some pics of him. i talked to my sisters boyfriend today and I think i might have made him understand just what parrot needs as a daily interaction. what kind of care and attention a parrot like him needs daily. I didn't want to upset him and i tried to be as polite as possible but i think i either made him mad or i made him realize something about how much work a parrot like this actually requires. or any parrot for that matter.
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maybe this will make someone help me a little more, but here are some pics of him. i talked to my sisters boyfriend today and I think i might have made him understand just what parrot needs as a daily interaction. what kind of care and attention a parrot like him needs daily. I didn't want to upset him and i tried to be as polite as possible but i think i either made him mad or i made him realize something about how much work a parrot like this actually requires. or any parrot for that matter.

These pics are so sad, I can't believe what a horrible mess the bottom of this birds cage is. the water dish needs a serious cleaning as well as the bars of the cage as they look rusted and dirty which is a health concern for the bird.

I really hope you can get this bird and turn its life around for the better.
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I'm trying to convince him to let me take the bird. I really want to give him a better home. I'm even trying to find a way to subtly convince him to let me take the bird. I would love to have that bird. He seems like such a good bird. I really want him. I would give him such a good home and i know i could. And btw i will try and look at that forum to see if i can get answers.
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I have sent a message to Clawnz (Clive) regarding your questions. Many of your questions are more in his field and hopefully he will be able to help you.
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Okay thank you very much Kate
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I messaged you back yesterday with what I have to say about them, hope it helps! He's beautiful, but I would sort that cage. The seed husks, peanut shells and the old newspaper is just asking for asper

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Would it be okay to merge these threads? You've made two the exact same, I can put the answers to this one in your other as long as you don't mind. You'll get more answers with one thread!
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Yeah i know. I wish i could help that bird but i can't. I just messaged you back also saying that i cant take him. Not because i can't but because my sisters boyfriend won't give him up. I would take the bird in a second if he would only let me but i can't so i will use the information you gave me to try and help them so thank you for all the good information i appreciate it very much
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