Is a Congo African Grey a good first bird?
Posted 11 January 2011 - 02:13 AM
P.S. Some one is always at my home, mostly my mom, so the bird will have alot of attention and love.
Posted 11 January 2011 - 02:20 AM
Posted 11 January 2011 - 03:58 AM
Even more important IMO is are you a good choice for a CAG? Research them, read stories from owners of them. Find out their ups and downs. Now, are you the type of person that can take living with such a parrot?
You must fit into the birds character, personality, and life style, not the other way around.
Becky.....Where Fur and Feather Meet.
Posted 12 January 2011 - 07:32 PM
Have you gone to visit a bird rescue and interacted withe the parrots there? That's always a great experience...
Posted 12 January 2011 - 10:42 PM
My first bigger parrot was my White Bellied Caique rehome, Remi. He was 7 when I got him, and he's going on 8 now. I was 17 when he came into my, and my family's life. My Mom got him as a graduation present for me... I had always wanted a parrot, as I had had budgies and cockatiels since a young age and was always really into birds. Buying a rehome as a first parrot could have been a total disaster and could have given way to lots of behavioral issues, but I was lucky, and I love my Remi more than anything. He's the biggest sweetie ever, and I was so glad that my family and I were able to give him his "second chance". He is not just MY bird, though. He's everyone's in the household, and we all participate in his care. I'm in nursing school now, and though I'm a commuter student who doesn't live in the dormatory, I'm still gone 6 to 8 hours 3-4 days a week. My Mom works from home though, and when we got Remi we made the agreement that she would give him the attention he needed while I was away in classes. My Dad, and my awesome little brothers (who are both under 10, by the way!) are also active participants and love him equally. It's so awesome to see my siblings grow up with a love for birds, just like I did. Now, we also have a young caique of about a year, who is Remi's best buddy and sidekick... as well as our little goffin's cockatoo, Lily. Remi really made us the parrot people that we are.
A young adult can be a GREAT bird owner, if they have the right supports in their life. Family support, and participation... is an ABSOLUTE necessity. Just remember... everybody's gotta clean up a little bird poop! If you're planning on going away to college, have a plan for your bird. Sure, your parents might agree to throw some food and water in it's dishes... but will they give him/her the love and attention that he/she desires and needs? Parrots are incredibly emotional creatures, and a lack of attention and love can be devastating to them. I hope everything works out for you, and that you find the perfect bird!
Rembrandt "Remi" - 7 year old male white bellied caique :wbc:
Tiki - 1 year old male?? white bellied caique :wbc:
Lily - 1 year old female goffin's cockatoo :i.batan:
Many thanks to Renae for the adorable signature picture!
Posted 12 January 2011 - 11:56 PM
For me, since the conure was my first bird I did feel more comfortable going from a small bird to a bigger bird because I got used to the bites and what I could handle.
I love having the bigger CAG but I would not trade my conures for anything
they are all so much fun!!!
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