Getting a bird...With divorced parents?
Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:26 PM
Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:50 PM
Have you talked to your mother about getting a bird? If she agrees to it, you could always take your bird with you from house to house.
Budgies have a potential lifespan of 12-20 years, although I heard the oldest died at 29 years. Any bird that you get will need a diet consisting of more than just seeds. They'll need pellets, sprouted seeds, vegetables, some fruits, grains, legumes and the occasional cooked eggs. The more, the better! Ideally, it's best if you can feed it to them daily, with eggs being fed 3-4 times a month, or a bit more. Feeding a healthy diet helps to prevent liver and kidney failure and malnutrition. Having a flighted bird may help reduce the risks of fatty liver disease.
Lovebirds have about the same expected lifespan, although they are typically feistier birds. Cockatiels and conures have a potential lifespan of 15-30 years, if not longer. I've heard of tiels living to 35 years! When talking about such a long lifespan, it is important to feed a healthy diet so that they can live the longest possible.
Of course, you need to be aware of household toxins as well.... such as PTFE (non-stick heat resistent coating found on many pans, ovens, toasters, grills.... may also be found on dryer components, hair dryers and other household items with a heating component), air fresheners, cleaning chemicals, bug sprays, etc.
Make sure you do your homework and make sure that your home(s) is safe for a bird(s)! If you go with a single bird, you can always leave radio or tv on for them, and just have your dad turn it off at night! Although, it doesn't hurt to have white noise throughout the night!
Posted 14 December 2012 - 03:12 PM
Thanks for your help! I really want 1 or 2 Sun Conures, do you suggest buying one at a pet store or a breeder? What are your thoughts on shipping young birds, I know it's bad for older birds but what about young birds?
Thanks for your help!
Posted 15 December 2012 - 02:09 AM
Unless you can find a great bird store, I would recommend going with a breeder. Adult and young parrots are frequently shipped. I had to travel 200 miles 1 way to pick up my mitred, and that's nothing compared to the distance other parrots have gone! Granted, we drove back up in a vehicle, but I have heard of stories of parrots moving cross country by car and airplane! I've never had a parrot shipped to me personally, so I have no experience there.
I would suggest keeping away from the loud species, and sun conures fall into that category! If you are adamant about getting one, you best take your dad to someone who has sun conures and allow him to hear just how loud they are! Trust me, nothing is worse then having family members who can't stand your pets! I've been there! And may be there again, soon! (by Dec 20th).
Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:59 PM
I was thinking about adopting one or two of these guys.
What do you think about Lovebirds?
So for cages I was thinking about
The one above for the Keets
Then for the the Lovebirds I would want...
Thanks so much for you help!
Posted 16 December 2012 - 01:58 AM
Any bird you'll get, chances are you'll get bitten! Just be prepared for a frightened and scared bird! Unless you are lucky enough to stumble upon a very sweet bird!
If you had a single bird, then if he or she was kept in the livingroom where there's some activity (or whichever room in the house receives the most activity), then I think the bird would be fine as long as food and water is changed daily and the bird kept on a healthy diet.
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