Preparing for my Rose Breasted
Posted 08 December 2011 - 02:59 PM
I found a lovely breeder out in California who I fell in love with, and we exchanged a few e-mails and spoke on the phone, she sent me dozens of photos of her facility and birds (which are amazing). She desn't clip her birds, and gives them the option of flying. My first question to you guys would be whether you think I should continue that or would it be best to clip? I would feel almost guilty knowing that they were given free flight and they came to me and I robbed mine of it. I am planning on getting a 6' x 3' x 6' high cage from Options Plus. So the bird would have space to fly around in there.
I also have a dog and a dove. I wanted to know what I can expect with that. Would I need to quarantine the two? For how long? Would it be best to take him straight to the vet when I get him, even though she vets her birds and can provide proof?
If you guys have any additional input or advice I'd love to hear it. I am very excited and a little overwhelmed. I want my baby to be happy once with me. It would be my first larger, and true parrot. Previous to this, in my teenage-adult, I have only owned parakeets, a love bird, and a cockatiel. Now I am left with only my dove. This is the first time I will own a really intelligent and needy bird, and I want to be good to it.
Thanks a lot everyone!
Posted 08 December 2011 - 06:25 PM
As for flight, if you can avoid clipping the wings prior to 6-12 months old, I would suggest waiting on this. Better yet, if you can avoid clipping at all and instead teaching commands such as come, fly to cage, fly to perch, stay, etc, basic commands such as what you would teach a dog, this would be ideal. Galahs are prone to obesity, so getting frequent, if not daily exercise would be optimum for their health.
What tests does the breeder have her a-vet do? It would still be a good idea to quarantine (30-90 days - the longer the better), and if the breeder only did a small battery of tests, you might want to take those results to your a-vet and get a more complete set of tests done.
Budgies (parakeet means any small parrot with a long tapering tail) and lovebirds are more of a 'true' parrot than cockatiels and cockatoos! (re; classification - cockatoos are not classified within the 'true' parrot family). I get what you mean, though!
Make sure you read up on diet, care, dust, toys, enrichment, foraging, clicker training/positive reinforcement for your galah!
Posted 08 December 2011 - 06:55 PM
I will e-mail her and ask her what tests she gets done! Thank you for the reply!
Posted 08 December 2011 - 10:01 PM
Cacatuidae (cockatoos & cockatiels)
Psittacidae (true parrots - parakeets, lovebirds, parrotlets, conures, ringnecks, macaws, african greys, eclectus, pionus, poicephalus, etc)
Strigopidae (New Zealand parrots)
Did a little copying and pasting (and filling in) from
Cockatoos are different in that they have gallbladders and a different bone structure. Their feathers are also different than other parrots. Of course, there are parrots out there that eat moss or nectar, and some of the ones that eat nectar have brush tongues (lories and lorikeets), then you have the vasa parrots and their unique attributes... a lot of different parrots out there!
Sounds like you have some great plans in place already!
Posted 09 December 2011 - 10:44 AM
As far as wing clipping goes it is up to each individual to decide. That fact is that clipped birds are not always safer than flighted they just face different dangers. It all depends on which dangers you are best equipped to deal with. You and you alone can judge that. Research read the pros and cons of both then stick with what is best and safest for you and your bird. Don't let anyone bully or guilt trip you into one or the other. Here is how I see the situation.
There are two sides to the coin of dangers in the home. A clipped bird may be prevented from flying into danger at times but then on another occasion a lack of control could prevent it from avoiding danger. For the flighted parrot the wings that can so quickly carry it into a dangerous situation can also help it avoid danger.
As far as escape is concerned I have read that 50% of escaped parrots are clipped.
In an escape situation clipped wings could prevent a bird from flying too far making recovery easy. On the other hand a clipped bird could end up flying helpless and out of control into a high tree, a forested area or in some cases out of sight. A flighted parrot could easily disappear in seconds and go a long way in a short time sometimes never to be seen again. On the other hand the ability to control its flight may allow a parrot to fly back to you especially if it knows its home area, has been recall trained and has learned to fly down.
This is a link to one of the best articles on clipping vs flight I have ever read. http://www.parrothou...sandflight.html
I would highly recommend that your try harness training your galah even if you decide to clip it. The younger this is done the better. This way you can safely take your bird outside.
With your question about other pets it will depend on the individual bird. Some parrots are aggressive with other pets while others get on great with them. My advice is be very careful especially at first. I often have to stop my BE2 from chasing the dog and cat. Also mammal saliva has bacteria in it that is harmful to birds so be careful with your dog. Human saliva is also bad for birds too.
Ok now for a few warnings. As you will guess some of these have been somewhat exagerated.
If a parrot is too quiet it is up to mischief. If it is too noisy then it is attacking something it shouldn’t be. If you turn your back it will do something it should not do.
When they are not up to mischief they are planning it.
Parrots are always in trouble only the depth varies.
Parrots think they are experts at repair work especially laptops, cameras and TV remotes. Sadly their idea or repairs and yours will be very different.
Parrots like to make sure your clothes are neat, tidy and free from unwanted rubbish like buttons. This is especially true when you are chatting with friends and neighbours.
Parrots don’t like clutter on shelves and tables and will clean these places regularly.
Their idea of emptying the waste paper basket and yours are going to be very different.
The less you want your parrot to destroy something the more it will try to destroy it.
Taking a forbidden item from a forbidden place to a place where they are allowed changes the item’s status from forbidden to legitimate toy.
If your parrot is out of its cage everything you try to do will take twice as long but somehow you don’t mind.
Parrots esp toos think that bed is a four letter word that should never be uttered.
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