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Posted 2/28/2011 1:33:59 AM Post #2550
 

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Hi! My name is Kelly, My fiance' Bill and I have 4 kids, 3 girls and 1 boy. My son passed away July 2010. We have some fish, and 2 birds, a cockatiel named Spike, and we just got a double yellow headed amazon who we named Kiwi from The Bird Lady. We live in Pennsylvania and since having Kiwi and spike our love for birds have grown and are actually thinking about adding another addition to our family. We treat our pets as if they are our children as well. Here are 2 pictures of Kiwi, I haven't taken any of Spike yet though.

This is Kiwi on Bill's head, he climbed up there himself lol

Posted 4/3/2011 2:56:58 PM Post #2568
 

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Nice to meet Kiwi! Such a pretty bird. My husband and I live in Pennsylvania. We have been looking for a bird, but haven't found one yet. It seems like something is always getting inthe way. Either it's spam, or the bird isn't tame. I guess after looking for so long, we are giving up. Maybe my head is in the wrong place, but I refuse to pay the same price for an older parrot as I would a young one.

Good luck with Kiwi, and ty for sharing your new baby with us.

Posted 4/4/2011 3:59:15 PM Post #2571
 

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I have to disagree with you on not wanting to pay the same for an older AKA Adult bird as a baby bird. Maybe you don't realize how long the larger parrots can live? Some species live to be well over 100yrs old and to me with an older bird it is what you see is what you get. You can buy a handfed baby and he/she may grow up to be a holy terror and not be what you dreamed about having in a parrot. If you find a breeder that has a super sweet older bird with no bad habbits then you struck gold and that bird is worth its weight in gold JMO


To the thread starter 'CONGRATS" on your DYH......I love that species of Amazon. Looks like you picked a winner
Posted 4/4/2011 9:13:59 PM Post #2572
 

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I guess I never thought of it that way. I was always figured I would rather adopt a bird as a baby and give it my own bad habits, but then again, I don't know the first thing about hand raising a baby parrot. I guess I knew I didn't know enough about parrots to even give it a shot. I am one of those looking for that perfect bird, and knowing it's not out there I didn't get one. One day I will have the bird of my dreams, for now I think I'm better off maybe volunteering to help others with theirs to learn more.

When it's meant to be, it will be.

Posted 4/6/2011 7:37:33 AM Post #2575
 

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You want a perfect bird then you might want to concider what you would expect out of a perfect bird? Not loud, easy diet, small, med or large or even xtra large? Talk or not talk, cuddly? I don't know what you concider perfect because we as people certainly are not and our pets reflect us. Maybe if you tell us a little about what you would like in a bird and what pets now exsist in your home and for how long have they been members of your home?
Posted 4/6/2011 8:11:21 AM Post #2576
 

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I currently have 8 parrots of witch 4 are rescues. I have a Blue and Gold Macaw rescue that when I got him he was 5 and had become so aggressive that you could not get near him, 2 weeks after getting him I was holding him and scratching his head and now I do what ever I want with him. I have a  10 year old Green Wing Macaw that was neglected and abused that also could not be handled and now she is like the B&G I do what ever I want with her. I have a 13 year old Senegal that was a breeder for 10 years and one hour after getting him home he was setting on my 7 year old sons shoulder. None of these parrots were perfect when I got them but with a little time,patience and an understanding of parrots they are all about as (perfect )as I could expect them to be. I take all of my parrots to schools and daycare's to talk with kids about them.
Posted 4/9/2011 3:44:23 PM Post #2589
 

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My idea of a perfect bird is one that don't bite. I can handle the noise. Somebody just gave me an Amazon the other day. He is 12 and this is his 6th. home in that many years. He was put in a cage too small for him and ignored. In just a few days I got him to stop trying to bite me, and he gets up on a stick when I say "Step Up". I got him a very large cage and he seems to really like it. I can't say I blame him. He is also growls if you put your hand above his head. Even if you set your hand on the cage.He really don't like us. But I'm not going to give up on him like the rest did. He deserves so much better. Inface, he looks just like Kiwi. They called him Gonzo. I don't know if it's possible,but I think I'm going to change his name. Only because Gonzo is not going to exist any longer. In time, he is going to be a much better bird. I don't know how to upload pictures on here to show you what he looks like. But I will work on it and figure it out. He's just beautiful. He plucked his feathers the first two days, but has stopped. He loves to be spritzed and take baths. At first he acted like he never seen a bath bowl or spray bottle. Now after a few days he's actually loving it. I hope I'm doing right by him. This beautiful creature deserves so much more in life than he's been given.

If anybody has any advice in helping me, please do so. As I said, he was just given to me by a couple who has 5 kids and no time for a bird. They threw him in the corner for 6 months and did nothing with him other than yell at him to shut up.

Thanks guys!

Posted 4/9/2011 3:49:37 PM Post #2590
 

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This is how I found the bird.

This is the cage he's in now.

Posted 4/11/2011 7:46:45 AM Post #2594
 

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I train or retrain parrots all the time and the best advice I can give you is to not rush it.Give him time to warm up to you and talk to him a lot. You should never open his cage and let him come and go as he pleases, always have him step up on your hand to take him out or in then set him where you want him to stay. Find a treat that he really likes and then only give it to him when he is doing what you ask him to do and by doing that he starts to look forward to spending time with you and is more willing to do things because he knows he is going to get something he likes out of the deal ( attention and food.) Every parrot is different but most of the time within a few days you can have them looking forward to seeing you and wanting to spend their time with you.  If I have a parrot that is afraid of being touched because of miss treatment I use a Macaw tail feather or something soft that I can stroke his feathers with and if he bites that it does not hurt me nor do you jerk your hand back. Once he has stopped biting the feather I move my hand closer each day and before you know it you can touch him where ever you want and you have not been bit a single time. I is all about confidence building between to two of you.
Posted 4/11/2011 4:00:32 PM Post #2596
 

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I hope i am in the right place i am brenda and i have a bluengold parrot her name is bb when i got her i was told she was a he we have been together for 10 years. When i lived in california i could take her to a place called birds of fethers and for 7 bucks they would clip and trim her i keep that up till i moved to bullhead city,arizona now its hard for me for 1 i don't have a car and now i am disabled and on a fixed income i would envite anyone to meet or come to my home and help me with my parrot i would like to find someone close becouse this needs to be done more then once a month .If there is anyone in mohave county,arizona and that could help me you may send me a email i have updated my email and will put more contact information on this site, Thank you for your time Brenda & BB

New parrot owner need advice and help.
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