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(sighs) I must be nuts - moonshadowed
(sighs) I must be nuts
I miss having a pet bird in my life. And while I'm concerned that Georgia is still a bit too young for me to have one yet, that hasn't stopped me from wanting one, or starting my research.

So there you have it... I wants a bird.
Steps I've taken so far: joining some online forums and asking questions. I also went to a petstore to handle two birds (tho the one I visited only had two... but one of the two I felt rather drawn to... a white capped pionus.) But if/when I *do* get a bird, it will be from a breeder.

I'm also thinking of taking some classes on parrot behavior, etc from www.phoenixlanding.org/
and possibly fostering... I asked on a forum and they said that with precautions even a home with children could foster.  (And, to be honest, I would only do that with a small to medium sized bird anyway.)

The thing is..when I was in the petstore, and holding that baby pionus...it snuggled up to me and chirped...and I just had this feeling of total contentment.

So crazy or not, I needs another bird in my life.   Eventually.

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kippurbird From: kippurbird Date: August 22nd, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I miss our birdy.
moonshadowed From: moonshadowed Date: August 23rd, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwww... you had a cute budgie, right? I'm 'ebil' as one friend of mine would say... maybe you should think of getting a feathered friend too. ;)
jvowles From: jvowles Date: August 22nd, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Crazy, definitely -- you have two very busy kids and you have cats and you have a Royce; how much more can your house take?
moonshadowed From: moonshadowed Date: August 23rd, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, there is that..the house is rather full. (although at one point - pre kids, we did have 3 cats and 2 birds... lol) So I think there might be room for one bird.

Money is another matter, of course.. which is why even tho the inner child would like it all "now", the adult knows she has to wait.

The classes wouldn't hurt though.
badasher From: badasher Date: August 23rd, 2009 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh noes....here weze goze againz!!! LoL!

Really, go for it if you makes you happy. I'm a good example of what happens when you stop trying for the things that you do. :-)

Edited at 2009-08-23 05:01 am (UTC)
moonshadowed From: moonshadowed Date: August 23rd, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah.. I'm thinking I will go for it... at least taking the classes and maybe fostering a bird. That way I'd be helping the rescue and it might be one way to a new feathered friend that needs a home and would fit our family. (Since Phoenix Landing wants things like that to work out.)

And even if the foster bird doesn't stay...its a good way to help and get a birdie-fix at the same time. LOL
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moonshadowed From: moonshadowed Date: August 23rd, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, and I don't want one of the larger parrots like a macaw or cockatoo. I really would rather have one of the small to medium ones. Not that their bite wouldn't hurt a kid, of course... I know it would. But they make these baby gate things that could be put around a cage. (I know we have one that can be set up in an octagon shape...so it could totally fence off the cage. ;)

Of course I have to GET a cage first. heehee

And I love baby birds. Even when they're at the "got no feathers and looks rather like an alien" phase. ;)
chaypeta From: chaypeta Date: August 24th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm thinking of getting Ryan (my eldest at 15) a bird. His beta died last week after months of problems with swim bladder disease. Ryan surprised me by being a devoted pet keeper and religiously cleaned his tank and fed him three times a day from the day we bought the fish. When I say surprised, I mean I was sort of expecting the normal course of events: when the novelty wears off care of a pet reverts back to mum... which didn't happen.
I think Ryan is ready for the next step up in pet care.
Two things hold me back: my schipps are devoted hunters, great for the annual mice problem here but not so good if a small animal flutters to the floor. (How did you get around your cats predatory instincts?)
And secondily, despite being brought up with hundreds of budgies (my dad bred them for show) I haven't a clue what species of parakeet to pick. I'm thinking small... budgie, cockatiel at the biggest. Rosella's and rainbow lorikeets (both native to my where I live) are easy to come by but need a wild life license to keep. Any thoughts. My idea would be a friendly pet that ryan can hand train and enjoy on the next level that he couldn't with 'Neptune'.
moonshadowed From: moonshadowed Date: August 25th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, it wasn't so much a problem with my caiques as they definitely have/had big bird personalities and would nip at any offending paws. (And of course when the birds were out they were always supervised.

I think budgies or cockatiels should be great! (or even a small conure like a greencheek) A hand raised baby would be the most interactive...so maybe look for a breeder in your area?

I wish I had more suggestions, but I'm far from an expert!

One good (and very friendly site) I've been visiting is: http://www.theperch.net
chaypeta From: chaypeta Date: August 25th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'll look into it. I'll try find some local breeders, I'd definately prefer hand reared. I'll have to wait until son number two is back at school. (He's home for the week with a virus.)
moonshadowed From: moonshadowed Date: August 27th, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
One person on the forums I visited http://www.theperch.net suggested this place to find local breeder listings:

Hope that helps!
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