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.