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Hi everybody. Just flew on over here from your sister site, Talk Parrotlets. I see some familiar faces (***waving***) and look forward to meeting some new friends as well.
My name is Judi, and I live in NH with my hubby, twos young sons, and six small birds. I have a lovebird named Jitterbug, two budgies named Norbert~Thomas (English) and Fizz (American), and three parrotlets named Jet, Jilli & Molly. Someday I'd love to have a bourkes parakeet, and possibly a green cheek conure, but for now, six is enough! LOL

Thanks for letting me join. Looking forward to hanging out here often. :thumbsup:


 

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Hi! It's Jo Anne from Talk Parrotlets! Glad you came over here too.

By the way, your pictures of your flock in your signature are beautiful!
 

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:welcome3: Your birds are beautiful!!!! Their colors are awesome!! Norbert-Thomas looks very distingished:lovehearts: I have always wanted an english!! Are your parrotlets tame, do you keep them in the same cage. Just curious;) I want a parrotlet as well. But then again, what dont I want. MBS, LOL:whistle:
I have to say Bourkes are soooooo sweet, I would recommend them to ANYONE. They really are just the best little birds, so quiet, so gentle. You will be just smitten if and when you decide to get one:yesnod:
 

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Thanks!
No, my parrotlets each have their own cage, and do not get along. They are pretty fiesty little birds, the plets, and to keep them tame, you really need to keep them separate from other plets.
I hope I can get a bourkes someday. They just seem so sweet and friendly and adorable. I LOVE the lutinos and rubinos, but the rosy's are really cute too.....have to see what's out there, when the time comes. :)
 

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Welcome to the site. I'm glad you have joined us.

I hope you can get both a bourkes and a green cheek. I have both, and I love them both. They are two of the best birds here.

My daughter has just purchased a blue pacific parrotlet for herself, but he is not home yet. He is very sweet right now. He sleeps in her hands. We shall see how he ages out. She already has a bourkes and a maximillian pionus, both species known to be very steady and sweet, and hers are. I am wondering how she will do with a fiestier bird. I think we will soon find out.

I have a lot of birds!!! I have more birds than I ever thought I would have. I find that the only other bird I still want is an English budgie. I'm not saying I will get one, simply that I want one. So I have the species you want and you have the species I want.
 

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That is funny! Pionus have always been my "dream bird" as well, particularly a female maxi. But Im just a bit intimidated by that large beak, and have never really been able to quite take the plunge into large bird ownership. Im even a bit nervous about a green cheek, because of the reputation for nippiness. But I think they are SO cute, and love the stories about how cuddly and clownish they are. Not sure if I'll ever get one, but if I did, I'd love either a pineapple or a yellow sided. They are just stunning.

Parrotlets are awesome! My three are all just SO cute, and comical and adorable. They can nip occasionally but none really bite. I am careful to observe their body language and know when it is okay to pick them up, and when to just give them their space. But mostly, they want to be picked up! They are so cute. I just love them.

The english budgie is a hoot. As dignified as he LOOKS, he is actually the biggest goofball. :lol: He chatters constantly, and is really playful and active. He never stops unless he is asleep. He's a great bird, very gentle, and lots of fun to have around.

But yeah, a bourke's is HIGH on my wish list. I hope I can get a lutino or rubino, but they are hard to come by, handfed, and quite pricey. So, it may end up being a rosy, which I think are really beautiful also. Someday....when the time is right. But for now, six is about all I can handle. Hee hee....
 

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My daughter's maximillian pionus has never bitten. She is a retired breeder, so that speaks to how special it is to have a bird who just does not bite. She was, however, hand-fed before she was set up as a breeder. I would recommend a maximillian pionus to anyone who is afraid of big beaks. Pionus can bite. I have heard the bite is painful, although I've never had a bite from a pionus, and I've handled several. It seems, in general, that the males are more likely to bite if one is going to become a biter, but any female can bite or even become aggressive. Maximillian pionus females generally do not become aggressive. Daisy has only been with us about a year. She only said, "good morning". Then, last week, she started to imitate my daughter saying three or four different things. I don't know if this will keep up or not. She had been the only bird in the house to have only one phrase, and suddenly she has shown that she could imitate quite well if she wanted to. The gal who had her as a breeder told me that her mate used to talk a lot. She said sometimes if one bird in a pair is a dominant talker the other won't talk much even if it can. It will be interesting to see how this develops. My own senegal CAN say many things, but she talks very little. She is quite clear when she talks, and she talks only in context, but she seldom talks.

To me, a maximillian pionus is a small bird in a big body. I know that sounds strange, but that is the best way I can describe Daisy. Then and again, to me, a parrotlet and a green cheek are big birds in a small body. Since you seldom get bitten by your parrotlets because you find it easy to read their body language, you would probalby seldom get bitten by a green cheek for the same reason. I know green cheeks are supposed to be horribly nippy, and my Shira nips, sometimes, but she only pinches a bit, she has never bitten me as hard as green cheeks who don't know me have bitten me. I think you would find a green cheek as adorable as you find your parrotlets. A maximillian pionus female, however, would most likely be even LESS likely to bite you. You could be unfortunate enough to find a nippy one, but it is very unlikely.

Hmmmmmmmmmm, I think you should get all three. Then you will have nine. If you have nine, I can get that English budgie. haha

You have to ignore me, I am nuts, and we have another snow day today, so I am off, and it is not even snowing. (I'm "off" in the head when it comes to birds always, but it is very strange to be off of work for a snow day when there is very little snow.)
 

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You are so funny.
Yesterday I read your whole story about getting Daisy...how you wanted a Dusky but were so torn because Daisy needed a home and was so sweet...I loved the story, and was rooting for you to get Daisy, and was so happy to read that you did. Sounds like you are really happy with your decision. She sounds wonderful.

Yeah, maybe someday I'll go for the green cheek. We'll see. I have never even met a conure, but I've heard SO many people say that they are so cuddly and so much fun. I would love to meet one and just play and cuddle and see what they are like. That would be fun.

Thanks for all the info. I love hearing about other birds. It does however REALLY increase my already terrible case of MBS. LOL So many birds...so little living room space! hee hee....

 

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Welcome to the forum :biggrin5:
 
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