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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-09-2013, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hello from Arkansas

I joined the forum a while back but haven't had time to post. I had a pet store out in California in 1977 and went out of business quick. As a 19 year old I wasn't too business savvy. Then I started selling reptiles at the swap meets and switched to Parrots. I had a blast for a couple years until the bird farm I got them from came down with New Castles. That was the end of that. I've had several parrots since then and am currently looking for another. My last daily companion was a Lilac Crowned Amazon that I rescued from a cage in a garage in the middle of winter at about 40 degrees outside and not much warmer in the garage. She was grumpy and although she didn't bite too hard she didn't like being touched. It took a week or two before I could cuddle and scratch the nape of her neck but I'm persistant. After her 27th year I lost her one night. She had died during a thunderstorm. Whether from the lightning striking next to her cage or the thunder directly overhead causing her to die of fright I don't know. That's been a couple years now and I've been looking for another parrot to keep me company ever since. It amazes me what they are charging for these guys nowadays. I used to buy Grey Cheeked Parrakeets for $27.50 I saw one going for $350. The last Blue and Gold Macaw I had, I sold for $750. They probably sell for 10 times that now. A cheap used Quaker parrot would do me good I think. LOL! And those aren't even that cheap!
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Hello and welcome back. I am familiar with 2 species of parrot/parakeet, 1 is a senegal the other is a quaker.

If you're the type that likes to relax and chill with your bird then get a senegal, they love head scritches, love sitting with you all day and just relax.

If you're a bit of a party animal then get a quaker, nothing excites a quaker more than when they see you dance about and scream out at the top of your voice, they love all that

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Find a breeder. Quakers sell for 75 to 3000 depending on color and the breeder. I rescued Teddy and got him for free.
But yes they cost money and if you can't spend the money to buy one then how well you be able to spend the money to take them to the vet....
Good luck finding the bird that fits you.

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Welcome to the forum as the above poster said, a vets bill can cost you a whole lot more than a bird!
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Wow if you greet every new member like you have on the two posts I've made comments on how do you keep them? I never said anything about not affording one let alone worrying about a vet. Out of the thousands of Parrots I sold back in the late 70's and 80's and the few I've kept as pets since I think I may have taken two of them to a vet. Taking proper care of them and avoiding a vet related problem is utmost in my book.
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Actually, most of my birds are rehomes and rescues who have come with issues already and some very severe. Not due to my care. I recently adopted from a rescue a dusky lory who has liver disease and is going to be needed routine vet care and is on medication for the rest of his life. That is just one of the birds with issues I have to care for. I have a disabled cockatoo who also routinely needs vet care. An Alexandrine parakeet who came to me with a beak that was so disgusting that that too will need routine vet care. My Harris' hawk came to me with 2 broken legs and has had many tests on his liver function to try and understand why his beak grows as fast and as thick as it does but we've not found anything other than an otherwise healthy bird. I also work at an avian vets so I tend to see the costs of everything that comes by daily and it most certainly isn't inexpensive. My black capped lory, who had appeared to be extremely happy and healthy when I got him, has recently cost me hundreds. I keep my birds healthy, active and vetted when needs be. Blood work is a must if new birds are coming in and out of a home, as I have previously learnt from rehoming and rescuing birds carrying psittacosis which is far more common that people think and so I go to my vets and have them tested. Nobody is trying to offend you what so ever, and I even replied to your other posts explaining that I wasn't being offensive, just stating my opinion. The reason people here are commenting on vets bills etc. is because you were talking about the prices of birds these days and all we're saying is that if you think a bird costs then vets bills may simply be too much. That is all
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I guess cause most people take advice just as advice. Good luck finding what your looking for.

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Wow if you greet every new member like you have on the two posts I've made comments on how do you keep them? I never said anything about not affording one let alone worrying about a vet. Out of the thousands of Parrots I sold back in the late 70's and 80's and the few I've kept as pets since I think I may have taken two of them to a vet. Taking proper care of them and avoiding a vet related problem is utmost in my book.
ALL new birds I get go and have blood work done, all larger parrots have to go and be microchipped. Lots of my birds are rescues so they also have to go for general check ups on top of the chipping and blood work, that tends to include beak and nail trimming.
So add a couple of hundred onto whatever bird your thinking of buying, purely for a welcome home vet visit. Then if your lucky enough to never need a vet again, good for you! And if not make sure you have a couple of hundred aside for emergencies, it doesn't matter how careful you are sometimes birds just fall sick or injure themselves.
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Hi welcome to the forum... I can't wait to see what bird you find... No one here meant to be offensive.. The problem is we see so many people get birds and when they get sick they let the bird die for lack of money for the vet... So sometimes we can be a bit defensive.. Please stick around and give us a chance to show you how nice everyone really is!
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Oh I am so humbled and yet you still have to get that little jab in at the end. I certainly don't need another uppity insulting forum to put up with. I can get that just about anywhere. I'm done here and will keep my experience and knowledge for others who might need it. You've obviously got all that this forum needs. Good bye!
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Jab? What jab?
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Nobody here has been remotely insulting and this is by far one of the friendliest forums I have ever, ever been on. I wouldn't be here otherwise. Nobody is making jabs at you at all


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