On the fence about adding a new member...
Posted 06 March 2012 - 07:50 PM
My family and I currently deciding whether to add a bird to our family or not. That's why I came to this board because everyone looks to be so helpful and honest! I have had 2 prior birds and my husband has had one. We are currently deciding whether or not to purchase a beautiful, sweet 6 year old Galah female. She's been sitting in the pet shop for about 3 months as an owner surrender. We go in there often and play with her and after working with her for some time I've been able to get her out of her cage successfully, which non of the pet shop workers have done. I know my family and I can provide a good home for her. It's just that my husband is getting out of the military and we are transitioning careers so that means moving into a temporary place for approx. 6 months and then finally being able to settle down in a house in the next year. We also have a 2 year old daughter who has grown up with animals so she has been brought up to be gentle and kind with them. I'm just on the fence about her. I would absolutely love to bring her into my family but I have reservations about how she was raised my by prior owners. I do intend to target train, clicker train & work with her constantly. I know it's a lot to ask from a new member. But does anyone have any thoughts or advice on a situation like this? I don't want to stress the bird out. Thanks for the help!![ATTACH=CONFIG]71143[/ATTACH]
My husband and the female Galah!
Posted 06 March 2012 - 07:59 PM
If you're ready to take her as she is, good and bad, and not expect perfection in her, I'd say go for it.
If you want a lifetime companion, one that is intelligent, loving, and comical, I'd say go for it.
If you want a companion that yells when she should be quiet, messes things up when you'd prefer them neat, and possibly bites to get her point across, I'd say go for it.
If any of these things you do not want, then pass her by.
Becky.....Where Fur and Feather Meet.
Posted 06 March 2012 - 08:05 PM
Posted 06 March 2012 - 08:09 PM
I don't think your moving plans will be that much of a disruption. I moved with my two parrots. It can take time for them to settle down and adjust, but I didn't find my experience to be traumatizing for anyone involved. (I have a grey and a Meyer's.)
Posted 06 March 2012 - 08:17 PM
I don't mean to scare you or frighten you away, just helps to have an idea of the good, the bad and the ugly! Galahs are typically one of the more well rounded of the cockatoos, generally quieter, more hands off (i.e. not as cuddly as the big 'toos) and less likely for behavior problems. There are exceptions, but this girl looks fabulous! If I were to choose to get a cockatoo (cockatiels aside), a galah would definitely be at the top of my list!
In short, I suppose you should not expect her to be like her bigger cousins in that she probably wont be as hands on and cuddly, but she'll definitely enjoy physical interaction and scritches from you! (seems you and your hubby have already figured that part out!) And the biggest concern would probably be her dust. As long as you, your hubby and your daughter are not allergic to her dust, I'm sure you could probably work things out! There are several things that you can do to help keep the dust down, if you do decide to bring her home, so as Becky mentioned, if you are prepared to bring this girl into your life, I'd say go for it! They are absolutely charming and delightful 'little' birds!
Posted 06 March 2012 - 11:08 PM
Monica - My husband and I both read and understand that there is a point of showing too much affection to her. I don't think I'm ready to fight over my husband haha! I don't know if it is more of a concern or a worry. She is incredibly quite. After my reading I understand that Galah, like other birds, call out to their flock for about an hour a day. When I asked the manager about this, she says that she never screams. She only will scream if she gets too excited. Which sounds great. But she also loves to stay in her cage all day. Her wings have always been clipped as said by the shop keeper. My husband and I would both like to have her flight trained so she can get ample exercise since they are prone to fatty tissue development. Dust is no problem for us! As he was stationed in the desert for 4 years haha! I'm used to dusting my house
Posted 07 March 2012 - 01:06 AM
Thinking about moves, all of my birds have moved with me at least once, and most were second hand plus birds with many of them their ages unknown. Casey, my first tiel, has moved with me twice, although both were relatively short moves (17 miles once, 22 miles the 2nd time), although it was probably around 40 miles, give or take, from the breeders home to my home when I first acquired her. I've had her since she was 5 months old and she's turning 11 this year! The bourke is the only other bird I have that has moved with me twice and I've had her since she was 5-7 years old, ten years ago. I don't know if her previous owners moved prior to me acquiring her, but I doubt it. The rest of the birds here (4 other cockatiels and a mitred conure) have been in at least two homes prior to mine and moved with me once so far, with Charlie, the mitred conure that I went over 200 (230-245?) miles one way to get him! I know with Charlie that it was a big change and he was extra clingy to me after coming home with me (at the age of 12 years, a little over 5 years ago), and prior to taking him he had very little interest in me as he was happy where he was at!
In short, some birds do just fine with moving, some birds may become extra clingy and loud, some may even become distant and quiet, maybe even hard to handle, or a mixture of all that!
Honestly though, it sounds like you'll do fine, especially if you are aware of a good diet for her! So if (or should I say when? ) you bring this darling home, I hope to see plenty more photos and stories of this gal!
Posted 07 March 2012 - 03:11 AM
Thanks Macawpower58!! All of those things are a green light for us and we all love birds. I think I might be worried on how change of location twice for her in a year would affect her. The last thing I want to do is not make her feel safe & confident. Thank you again
No matter who adopts/buys her, she's going to have a change of location. I say better it be someone knowledgeable about birds, and ready to take on a Too, rather than someone who buys her on a whim.
Becky.....Where Fur and Feather Meet.
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