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Hi all. This is my first post. I had a wonderful relationship with a beautiful female cockatiel many years ago. Now I'm retired and have tons of time to spend with a new bird. I'm considering a Meyers or a Red Belly. Any ideas, incites, comments on these birds would sure be appreciated, especially if anyone has experience with both, and could offer a comparison between them as far as temperament etc. I'm doing a lot of reading and research and have narrowed it down to these 2 (probably). For now, what do you all think is a good minimum cage size? I'm looking at a 20X20X30 with a play gym on top, but I think it might be to small. Thank you all in advance!
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I don't have any experience, but a red belly is my dream parrot I hope to get one some day when my life allows me to!

I don't think anyone on here has one, but there are a few members with Senegals that may have some great advice for you!
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I can't comment on either the Meyers or Red Belly Parrot as I have no experience with them.

However regarding your question about cage size I have a Princess Parrot, which appears to be a slightly larger parrot than those you've mentioned, and I have her in a 24" X 24" X 34" with a play gym on the top, and consider this size cage just perfect for her needs.



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Thanks for the info John. Looks like the 20X20 might be ok, but just barely.
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So, Bird Crazy Jill, why is the Red Belly your dream parrot. Have you heard good things about them?
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Thanks for the info John. Looks like the 20X20 might be ok, but just barely.
Me, personally, I'd prefer to go larger if it's affordable.

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I wish you luck. I haven't heard much about red belly parrots, but I hear nothing but good things about meyers. Let us know what you decide

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Welcome to the forum Bigger is always better when it comes to cage sizes. You don't want to look at the minimum, but what the biggest you can get for your price range and space

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Hi all. This is my first post. I had a wonderful relationship with a beautiful female cockatiel many years ago. Now I'm retired and have tons of time to spend with a new bird. I'm considering a Meyers or a Red Belly. Any ideas, incites, comments on these birds would sure be appreciated, especially if anyone has experience with both, and could offer a comparison between them as far as temperament etc. I'm doing a lot of reading and research and have narrowed it down to these 2 (probably). For now, what do you all think is a good minimum cage size? I'm looking at a 20X20X30 with a play gym on top, but I think it might be to small. Thank you all in advance!
Welcome, always go with the largest you can afford and have room for. Regarding the size you are looking at, how much time would your bird be caged vs out of cage? To me that makes a lot of difference. If your bird is going to be caged for most of the day and out only an hour or two, then I would go larger. If your bird will be out and about most of the day and caged only at night then I think your ok with that size...clear as mud?
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So, Bird Crazy Jill, why is the Red Belly your dream parrot. Have you heard good things about them?
well I was really interested in a Senegal after doing some research and hearing from current owners, so I thought that would be a wonderful bird for me to own one day, but then I discovered red belly parrots and I just think they are stunning!! they are so unique, and seem to be very similar to the Senegal in general personality, so I have moved on to those it's in my 20-year plan haha as I have the 4 smaller birds now and they are all very young! (3 years and under)
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Welcome to our forum, Elginite!
I havn't kept any of the species you ar looking for, but regarding the size of both I would also suggest you to buy a bigger cage.
There will aways be times you can't be at home all of the day, and I agree with Daisy: the bigger, the better!
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The plan is a lot of time out of the cage, since I'm now retired and will be able to spend a lot of time home with the new family member. That's why I waited to retire before even thinking about getting another bird. That's also why I thought the 20X20 might be big enough. The space I have for the cage will handle a little bigger but not much. Thanks for the response.
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Well, I was leaning towards a Meyers because I definitely want a smaller, quieter bird, but then I started to read and see that the Red Belly is more colourful, and may be a better talker, although that is not a big priority. I haven't really read any negatives about the Red Belly, except the usual things common to most all parrots, like possible hormone, behaviour stuff, which hopefully I'll now have the time to deal with. Thanks for the input.
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and welcome to our forum. I have lineolated parakeets so I can't help you. But I would love and update on the parrot you choose.

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Cuteness alert!! This is what made me fall in love with them This is a parrot store in Connecticut, USA (which is the state I am from) and I am determined to visit there one time when I am home! It is about an hour from my family's house. It looks like an amazing place!

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You really can't go wrong with any poicephalus IMO. They are great companions. I have two sennies, but I would have been just as happy with two red bellys, Meyers, brown headed, ruppell's, etc :-) I just think they are all great.

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Thanks for your reply Karen. How old are your Sennies? Have you ever had any issues with aggression or biting? I see so many people write in that have had problems with aggression with parrots in general, not poicephalus in particular, which seem to be by all accounts the most mellow birds. I never really had any trouble with my "tiel", and that was many years ago before all the new training techniques had been developed. Still, it's intimidating to see all the problems people have with their birds.
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Welcome. I also have Linnies, but found this on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...%20parrot&sm=3

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Welcome. I also have Linnies, but found this on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...%20parrot&sm=3
MissyBird, thank you for sending the Red Belly videos. I am enjoying every one of them.
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