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Old 08-13-2013, 08:53 AM
SaraB SaraB is offline
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Default Tell me about birds!!

Specifically species of smaller parrots like caiques, conures or quakers.

I go through these phases of heavily researching a type of animal to see if one would be a good fit for our household. As much as I love my dogs and cat, it always feels like something is missing (if anyone suggests a baby you are going to get punched in the baby maker, just saying ). Anyways, that's what this is!

When I was 16, I worked at Petsmart and fell in love with this little black-capped conure. He would hang out with me my entire shift, sitting on my shoulder while I walked the store, or on my register when I checked people out. My manager eventually bought him, so I know he went to a great home, but I still miss him terribly. I did own a pair of parakeets when I was younger, so I do have some/little experience with birds.

My husband isn't very fond of birds, but I really think that is just from lack of exposure. So he's the main reason why I'm thinking a small parrot would be our best bet. A green cheeked conure or a little black capped would be awesome, but I'm open to suggestions for other species! Also, I realize any bird can be loud, but I don't really want a species known for screaming (sun conures) as we do live in a twinhome.

Also, advantages of an older rehome versus purchasing from a breeder? I would love to avoid the maturing phase but I'd also like to avoid behavior problems that are already established.

Any other advice? Anything to deter me from wanting one? Thanks in advance!
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