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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-16-2019, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Prepping best I can for next year

Hello everyone, I'm evaluating options for getting a bird early 2020.
Some things about me to give you an idea who you're talking to.

I'm 23 y/o. I have a secure career with good a good income.
I don't play video games and neither me nor my girlfriend have any plans on having children.
As for social life I prefer to entertain guests at my own house. Sometimes I go out but rarely.
I'm handy so making a cage to fit the bird that fits me best is deff an option and probably preferred.

I'm looking for:
A larger bird
I'm very laid back calm person myself and that has been passed to all animals that I've raised so I don't think a bird would be any different.
I want to get home from work, take my bird out and play for a little bit, take it for a walk around the block for fresh air, come back and chill with it while I'm doing what I need to do. The bird can chill with me while I'm doing dishes, while I'm watching a movie (Cuddling with me would be awesome but I understand that's a nurture thing, not souly dependent on breed of bird), while I'm at the table playing cards with friends. The bird will be socialized. No question about that one.
I want to be able to take it on vacations with me also, I'm not going anywhere cold so no worries there, but I don't want to leave it at home with a babysitter for the 2 weeks I go on vacation. (90% Of my vacations I expect to be driving to, I own a luxury truck so there's no shortage of room)
I'd like it to be somewhat quiet but I realize all birds are at least a little vocal. I don't mean a mute, just not conure style.
I want to teach it some stuff and I want to be able to free fly it. In my area I'm not concerned about bald eagles or pterodactyls making a meal of my bird.
I don't care much for looks but the prettier the better

All in all I want it to be part of the family. Not just another pet under my roof. I want to handle it.

To summarize, I need
Laid back

PS. I LOVE macaws and will lean more towards that bird then any other. If this is not the bird for me please let me know and let me know why.
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Hello and Welcome to Talk Parrots.

It sounds like you know what you like or are interested in ... the 1st and most important thing for you to do is start to research breeds of birds that interest you. Join other bird sites and ask people about their birds. Macaws are stunning beautiful big birds that need a strong personality of the owner who can teach the bird respect to learn and give as well. Treat the bird as an equal and you can have a great relationship with it.

If this is your first bird I suggest you check out local bird shelters and rescues and start visiting on a regular basis and volunteer there. You will learn a lot from the owners and other volunteers and get an idea of what challenges a bird will give you. You might even fall in love with a bird who will fall in love with you and come home with you ... its a wonderful opportunity for you to learn about these magnificent creatures and all the needs they have.

Good luck in your bird journey!
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