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Greetings from Washington!

Hello bird community! Thought I'd just slap this up on here. I don't have a bird 'yet' but I will within the next month or two (depends on cost and if my local, family-owned, pet store even has the birds I'm interested in at the time) but I already ordered and received the cage. It's a nice, big flight cage that's about 30.5" in length by about 18" in width and about 34" in height (not counting the drop tray or the cart it sits on obviously).

My choices are between 2 birds, a Cockatiel or a Jardine Parrot, both of which the store site SAYS they can acquire, but obviously this depends on the breeders they purchase from. I know that they should be getting Cockatiels in soon once the weather warms up a bit, but I haven't asked about Jardine Parrots yet in terms of if they have them and their price.

Other than the new family member to come, I got 2 crested geckos, a gargoyle gecko (already have a taste for exotic pets hah), and a cat. I know in my future once I have a bigger place I want to get a Brazilian Rainbow Boa. I used to have a fish tank, and I'd like to get one again, but again, that's in the future hah.


So yeah. Sup. :P
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I don't have a Jardine parrot and to be honest, I have never heard of them until now but I do have 9 cockatiels which I love like crazy. I just looked up the Jardine parrot and they are super cute! I honestly think that you should get the bird that matches your personality. Cockatiels are very calm birds. They don't like being touched on their backs. They are one of the hardest species to like being in a harness. They love head scratches if tame enough. They are super sweet and very forgiving. They have so much personality. They don't mix well with other species besides for the grass parakeets and the English budgies because they are very calm. I love these crazy crested parrots.

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Yeah. I just visited the other pet store that the same family owned (the original, the one near me is a 2nd location) and they had a Jardine Parrot there. I squealed.... and then I saw the price.

$1,000+ (think it was like... $1,140 or something like that) Not exactly a bird I could afford at the moment (but definitely in the future)

I heard green-cheek conures are decent too, but again, it's all about price. @[email protected]

Yeah I've been looking into so many birds that are pretty quiet (dad won't stand for it if I get a loud bird) that are pretty clown-y. I'm a pretty silly person, so I'd like to have a silly parrot as well xD so we can goof off like morons together hahahah
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Welcome to the forum. What are you looking for in a bird companion?

Where are you located? In nyc, I've seen gcc sold for about $125 on kijiji.

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Pullman, WA. We don't have anything here and I have no idea how to even LOOK for a breeder ;n; but now I'm stuck in thoughts.

should I just get a cockatiel that I will still enjoy but certainly wouldn't be as thrilled as getting a Jardine... or............ should I just save up and pray that the Jardine is still there by the time I save up money? Since a Jardine is my DREAM bird
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Welcome , From an Aussie parrot owner!!
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Pullman, WA. We don't have anything here and I have no idea how to even LOOK for a breeder ;n; but now I'm stuck in thoughts.

should I just get a cockatiel that I will still enjoy but certainly wouldn't be as thrilled as getting a Jardine... or............ should I just save up and pray that the Jardine is still there by the time I save up money? Since a Jardine is my DREAM bird
Hello,

From what you are saying I cannot help but conclude that money is tight. Without meaning to sound negative or offending in the least, how do you intend to cover the veterinary costs associated with owning a bird (initial vet check-up, annual check-ups and, let's hope these never happen, emergencies)?

I don't know if you are aware, but avian veterinary care is very expensive (in the hundreds of US dollars and more). A cat-and-dog vet will not do as most of them have no specialist knowledge of birds. Also avian vet care is considerably more expensive than cat-and-dog vet care. The size of the bird has no impact on the cost of vet services either.

I am a member of several bird forums on the net and I have to say that it is heartbreaking when someone comes with a request for help because their bird is sick and they cannot take it to the vet because they can't afford to.

If you cannot afford to pay all the expenses implied in owning a bird (any bird, not just a parrot), my advice would be to wait until you are financially secure before acquiring a bird. Regardless of the price paid for it, no bird (or any pet) should have to suffer because their owner cannot pay for vet care.

I own six birds at present, and no matter how careful I am, as they say "s..t happens". You may have to run to the vet when you least expect it, and, as I said above, this will cost you a considerable amount of money.

Please do not forget that when you acquire a pet, you are responsible for every single aspect of its life and for making its life the best possible one. That means you have to be able to be there for the pet in both good times and bad.

So before acquiring a parrot, please make sure you can financially support it, including provide vet care, AND find an avian vet you can go to, before acquiring a parrot.

Food for thought

Wishing you nothing but the best and good luck!

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We had a pineapple GCC that we called our little green nut. She was so much fun and not overly loud.

Do you have any rescues near you? We are very happy with the two we got from a rescue. Much cheaper than pet store

But get a bird that you want that is a good match for you. You don't want to "settle" and then neither you and the bird will be happy in the long run.
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Hello and welcome to the forum!

As the poster already owns exotic animals, who usually visit vets that deal with birds too, I can imagine that they are aware of the cost of caring for exotics

If you do really want a cockatiel then I would say go for it and perhaps save up for the Jardine's in the future, if you're willing to have more than one bird I wouldn't settle for anything though because of the price, at the end of the day, get a species you're really interested in. I think if you were to get a cockatiel though you would very much enjoy their company!

I've got some herps too haha. I've got common boas (one of which is over 10 foot!), a corn snake, Kenyan sand boas, a Texas black rat snake (a very big girl of around 7 foot), a royal/ball python, leopard gecko, bearded dragon, Irian Jaya blue tongued skink. I also have a few chelonians! 3 musk turtles, an Ouachita map turtle and a yellow bellied slider. 1 amphibian, an albino African clawed frog Phew!

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