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post #31 of 37 Old 05-07-2009, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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I'm going to call the people in those links you guys gave me and head to the pet stores today. I'm very excited...birds are far more interesting than lizards

I am definitely thinking of looking at cockatiels too. Apparently they are good first time birds. :)
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post #32 of 37 Old 05-07-2009, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by manhirwen View Post
If you make perches out of branches make sure you properly sanitize them first and get all the bugs out. Cooking them in the over for a little while works usually, but you gotta do it right, sometimes soaking them in bleach is another good way
Or you can buy bird-safe perches made of Manzanita like this:

Manzanita Wood Perches

Be careful if you are taking branches from outside. Besides properly prepping them - you need to make sure they are bird-safe wood. There are some branches out there that are dangerous to pet birds.

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post #33 of 37 Old 05-07-2009, 12:07 PM
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I'd recommend buying them too. I used to breed reptiles and needed to make a lot of driftwood branches for large enclosures but reptiles don't usually chew the wood like birds do.

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post #34 of 37 Old 05-07-2009, 07:12 PM
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Hand-fed Cockatiels are AMAZING birds. My first baby was an absolute cuddlebug.

Right now, though, I have a Budgie. I'm making a larger cage out of PVC and wire mesh (ungalvanized!), and getting him a companion, within the next month or so. I bought him from a breeder who is an amazing lady, who hand feeds her babies and socializes them excellently. He's an absolute PIP! He thinks he's a macaw, I swear! That or a friggin' peregrine falcon. ;) He talks and whistles and siiiings his little head off, but woe betide you if you ignore him! He can be LOUD. It's not conure or lovebird loud, though, it's...much better. I HIGHLY reccomend budgies -- hand fed ones, at least. I don't really know about the others. The challenge is great, but you're never as close to them. They won't fall asleep under your hand like they're a chick being brooded, I don't suppose. Eitil does. He's...really, the perfect bird. Seriously. And apparently, budgies are the third best talkers! I am unsurprised. He whistles andy griffith, dixie, and various parts of other songs, likes to tell me that he's a pretty (slash another word that starts with a p and isn't quite as nice ;) ) bird, and says a few other things sometimes when he thinks he'll get attention for it.

A long cage is better than a tall one. They don't fly like helicopters, they fly like planes. ;)

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Come on, how could you beat this for cuteness?

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I raised a chicken in school, for agriculture. I named him Kiev. A fox got in and ate him :[

lol, it was fun though!

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