thinking of getting a bird
Posted 18 October 2012 - 05:12 PM
my #1 concern is noise, as I tend to be bothered by constant noise. the birds in my yard cheep and tweet and chirp and trill VERY loudly all day long and there's a ton of them, it drives me nuts some days. I don't mind noise during play time, but I don't want a 24/7 racket! I'd like a bird that's fairly quiet, that makes noise but it can't really be heard through walls (I spend most of my time in my bedroom when I'm not actively hanging out with my animals and I wouldn't be keeping the bird in there) or that can be trained to hush up on command. I know that's a lot to ask with birds, but I'm hoping there's something out there that would work for me.
if it makes a difference as to availability, I live in San Antonio and would be willing to drive probably an hour or so away (about as far as Austin) to get the right bird if need be.
quantity: I would be ok with a solo bird or with a kind of bird that needs to be kept in a pair or group of three. I think three's the limit, that way I'll always be able to handle any vet bills that arise for any of my animals.
definitely no predatory birds - I have prey animals that would be able to see/smell the bird and vice-versa.
size: a medium sized bird would be nice (like 6-10 inches), but I'm not opposed to smaller or slightly larger.
space requirements: I've got 2 hamsters in 640 square inch cages when the recommended min size is 360 and two rabbits whose "cage" is a 3 1/2 story condo with a 100+ square foot run attached when the recommended min size is 60 square feet (they have my whole living room fenced in) - I would be prepared to equally spoil a bird, so I don't think space requirements are a concern. (I live alone in a 3 bedroom house)
time: I can commit to spending 1-2h a day actively playing with a bird and could spend a few more hours hanging out around the bird/talking to it while I do other stuff and/or providing supervised out of the cage time if that's needed.
temperament: a social bird would be nice, and it would be really cool if I could get one that I could train to sit on my shoulder now and then but that's not a must.
life span and difficulty of care: because I've never had a bird before, I'd prefer one with a shorter life-span (5-10 years, maybe?) and whose difficulty level is beginner to intermediate. those preferences aren't set in stone, though. I plan to do plenty of research before I decide for sure which bird (if any) I want to get.
cost: within reason, cost isn't an issue. as far as start-up costs go (bird, generously large cage (either bought or built if there are easy ones to build like there are for hammies and rabbits), all the necessary toys/supplies), I'm thinking maybe $500 as a budget? could go a bit higher if necessary. upkeep costs and vet bills shouldn't be a problem (obviously, I'd like a species that isn't prone to winding up at the vet a lot, but I can handle an unexpected expense here and there).
also, if anyone could provide me with their go-to sites for bird info, that would be greatly appreciated! I'm happy to research on my own, but for any animal there are always certain sites that are the "best" and provide the most accurate information.
Posted 22 October 2012 - 03:17 AM
Back copies of Bird Talk should help you where they feature specific birds each month, and the qualities and needs of these birds. Als, talk with bird shop owners and breeders,
Posted 24 October 2012 - 03:50 AM
My youngest daughter comes to help me at the pet store and she loves the 'tiels... and they love her.
My friend's female cockatiel is named Frank... she is the most devoted companion but is also very social and good with everyone that comes over.
Posted 24 October 2012 - 05:07 AM
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