Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Indiana, USA
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When I first married many, many years ago, my husband had a Timneh. He was wild caught and he never liked me. Nevertheless, he was a lot of fun. He could mimic anyone, copying each person's individual voice. When my first son was born, when he was a toddler, the bird took to attacking him, so we made the decision to rehome him. He actually never hurt him, but he would go for him, and we just couldn't take a chance. He made up immediately to the fellow who took him, that fellow was older and his kids were grown, so it was a great match for both of them.
If I could be sure I could tolerate the dust, I would get a timneh for myself now, but I can't take the chance on that now. However, that bird never bothered me at all. I didn't even find the dust difficult to clean up at the time. Unless there might be an allergy issue, I wouln't worry about it since I remember from past posts that you keep things quite clean. I am told that if you bathe them regularly, this also keeps the dust manageable. I actually found the bird easy to clean after, because he was not messy with his food. I just wouldn't worry about it, if you really want the bird, unless someone might be allergic.
Noise was NEVER an issue with that bird, either. He never screamed. He also imitated the microwave, because he enjoyed seeing people run for it. However, he never made noises just to make noises. He only imitated to get a reaction. Unless he knew we had something in the microwave, he wouldn't beep because he knew we wouldn't go check on it unless we were cooking something. (Well, it can only be a quess of mine that he knew and that is why he didn't beep otherwise, but I think I am correct, because he showed in so many other ways that he knew exactly what he was doing when he imitated various things.)
You already know whether or not this bird has bad habits, so I think he is safe. If you like one another, go for it.