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New to The Forum ----- And Parrots!

Hello All,

I am new to this forum and stumbled upon it after searching for information on how to properly care for parrots before taking on the big responsibility.

Growing up I lived with 4 birds in my household until about the age of 15. We had a Peach Love Bird, two Doves(unsure of the breed) and my bird, Skittles, a Sun Conure.

I loved growing up with birds and now that my 2 boys are old enough to understand how to be gentle and caring for a pet, my wife and I want to get one.

Any suggestions and/or information you can provide is greatly appreciated. We live in a medium sized home but can have an enclosure built for even the largest macaws. Color/size is of minimal importance, we want to bring in a bird as a part of our family, not just a pretty animal in the corner. We want something that is not only intelligent but loving and can be trained to stay with us even outside in public.

My wife is a physician working general 9-5 type hours, while I am an Adjunct professor working from 8a-noon, summers off.

We feel we have the time and income to give a special Parrot the kind of attention and love it needs, and we hope to receive the same love and attention back. Safety and non-aggressive behavior is first and foremost in regard to our boys, after that, we want a bird who wants to be held, loved and played with.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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After doing research for many months now, We are in love with (slightly obsessed with) Ruppells Parrots.

Does anyone have one? Know much about them?

From what Ive read they are incredibly lovable and friendly, also very good with young children.

Again, any info is great info!
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Hello Skittles90 and welcome to the forum.

I don't know anything about Rupell's parrots but there might be someone here who will have some knowledge and experience with these birds who can give you some info. Have you thought about getting a bird that is in need of rehoming? perhaps a rescue bird? There are some amazing birds that are hand tame and gentle that can be a great addition to a family who has the time and energy to spend with them.

Many people I know like the idea of getting a young chick from a reputable breeder, younger chicks given the time and energy a family will spend on them tend to be cuddly and easier to handle as they are exposed to this type of hands on training daily from the breeder and then to your family. So you have a few options to look at when deciding what you are looking for.





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Hello Skittles90 and welcome to the forum.

I don't know anything about Rupell's parrots but there might be someone here who will have some knowledge and experience with these birds who can give you some info. Have you thought about getting a bird that is in need of rehoming? perhaps a rescue bird? There are some amazing birds that are hand tame and gentle that can be a great addition to a family who has the time and energy to spend with them.

Many people I know like the idea of getting a young chick from a reputable breeder, younger chicks given the time and energy a family will spend on them tend to be cuddly and easier to handle as they are exposed to this type of hands on training daily from the breeder and then to your family. So you have a few options to look at when deciding what you are looking for.
Absolutely, we have considered rescuing. Nothing is off the table. We just want a bird that wont be too passive and scared around us and out kids.

Aside from the Rupell's parrot, do you have any birds you know to be specifically loveable and/or family oriented. (ie, happy being passed from one person to another and not overly protective of it's sole "owner")
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Absolutely, we have considered rescuing. Nothing is off the table. We just want a bird that wont be too passive and scared around us and out kids.

Aside from the Rupell's parrot, do you have any birds you know to be specifically loveable and/or family oriented. (ie, happy being passed from one person to another and not overly protective of it's sole "owner")
I've taken in a lot of rescues that were never social with people they were just considered breeders. I had a pair of older breeding cockatiels that were interesting, the male completely hated me and didn't want any of my attention but he fell instantly in love with an older lady I introduced him to. He moved in to his new home without his mate and was soon talking and a complete sucky baby who loved to sit on her hands and kiss and preen her face.

I ended up with the hen who was a sweet heart once she was away from a pushy partner who only wanted to mate. She turned out to be very social right away and wanted hands on attention. She would let me turn on the tap in the kitchen sink where she would sit in my hands and bath happily. She would fly from me and sit on my cat and preen the cat without the cat being too concerned about why he was having fur and whiskers pulled.

I think any rescue bird just needs a lot of attention and love and time to adjust to its new owners, it can become that special bird if you want to put in the effort.





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Hello and welcome to the forum!

Ruppell's are not impossible to get a hold of, but they are still very uncommon in the pet trade (as are most poicephalus though to be honest), which is a shame if it's what you've got your heart set on. Have you looked into Meyer's? They're not as popular as the Senegal but are easier to find and still look rather similar

If you have kids, I highly recommend a cockatiel. They're chilled out and easy going, cute, fussy and quiet. If you want something somewhat more 'parrot-like' then a green cheeked conure can be a ton of fun!

- Alexandrine parakeets Holly, George, Koda & - Crimson rosella Kasumi Orange winged Amazon parrot Paulie
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