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Spastic_Dove 05-06-2009 02:11 PM

Any Bird owners?
I just moved into my new apartment and am trying to find out if I can have a bird or a reptile in a terrarium. If I am able, I am leaning towards bird.
I haven't owned a bird since I was a child, so I am looking for some advice. What are good birds for apartments and first time bird owners? I'm looking for something that is social with people so so far I have ruled out finches and doves.
Any advice is awesome!

I am particularly interested in conures (though they may be too vocal) and budgies.

LadyDreamer 05-06-2009 02:53 PM

What kind of terrarium? What size? What brand?

Budgies are nice, but unless they are hand raised they take time to get used to you.

Spastic_Dove 05-06-2009 02:58 PM

Not sure about the terranium because I'm not certain what I would get if we were allowed a reptile. My boyfriend is terrified of snakes which is what I am used to having. I'd probably wait until we decided on something and figure out what the specific reptile needed.

So far, the only place in town I can find that has birds is PetSmart and the more I research I hear that they buy from "Parrot Mills" I'm not sure if there is any truth to this though so I have been trying to keep my eye out for somewhere that adopts. The closest I can find that adopts birds is in South Dakota. Rather far, but their birds are all very well socialized and handled which I like.

english_rider144 05-06-2009 03:46 PM

I have 2 cockatiels. Both males. There good, just handle them once or twice a day. My bird cage isnt that big but since I have 2 its bigger then it should be. They also come in a few different colors. There are grey w/ minimum white and yellow. All grey, white with some yellow or all yellow. My boys are grey with white and yellow.

Spastic_Dove 05-06-2009 03:59 PM

Very pretty birds! I used to have two parakeets -- Buddy and fang. One was blue (fang) and buddy was yellow. They were very appropriately named lol.

LeahKathleen 05-06-2009 05:00 PM

I had a huge giant McCaw as a kid. My advice is don't get one. o.0 I loved Jack, but he was ever so loud and obnoxious.

Parakeets are freindly and social. Birds are noisy though - Jared vetoed having a bird in the house, so I can't have one.

Case and point:
me: Can I have a bird?
Jared: No. They're loud.

I literally just had that conversation three seconds ago.

Anyway. Birds often come hand in hand with a rather pungent odor - do be committed to cleaning the cage - often.

As far as reptiles go.... ew reptiles. That's my opinion on that. Lol.

Best of luck, SD.

Cat 05-06-2009 05:02 PM

There are lots and lots of birds on kijiji and craigslist. I just got my little sun conure from kijiji.

Some conures are quieter (quieter being relative here), but do not get a sun conure if you are in an apartment. They are LOUD. We can here her out at the barn when all windows are closed.

Have you looked at parrotlets? They are mini-parrots that are fairly quiet and if you work with them young, some can learn to talk - especially the boys. They are related to Amazon parrots, but are smaller than budgies.

Love birds could be an option - but they are only happy when there are 2 of them. Pionus are a little bigger parrot but are considered one of the quietest of the medium parrots.

Almost any thing else other than a cockatiel or budgie are going to be too loud for an apartment, unless you want to dish out a lot of cash for a toucanet.

Cat 05-06-2009 05:07 PM


Originally Posted by LeahKathleen (Post 302691)
Anyway. Birds often come hand in hand with a rather pungent odor - do be committed to cleaning the cage - often.

While yes, you should clean the cage often, but pungent odor? Neither of my birds smell. I know the pionus are known for a mild musky smell, but I know a lot of people like it - sorta like a light musky perfume. If a bird has a "pungent odor" I would immediately be taking it to the vet to find out what is wrong. Maybe a poor diet?

SD - if you get a type of parrot - make sure you don't feed it seed (other than as a little treat). They should be on a good quality pellet diet and veggies & a little fruit.

LeahKathleen 05-06-2009 05:55 PM

I suppose I've just never enjoyed the smell of birds. My parrot always had a very... distinct smell that I never loved, but he was perfectly healthy. Also cleaning out the cage was always gross to me, even though I did it like every other day. I never liked the smell.

ETA: The only bird I ever had was a big Scarlet McCaw, I've never had small bird. Maybe it's just the difference in the amount of bird poo. Who knows.

Spastic_Dove 05-06-2009 08:28 PM

We just found out that we are allowed to have anything other than a cat, dog, or ferret so looks like I will be getting a bird!

I can't seem to find any breeders anywhere nearby though...
I'm currently researching different breeds though in the hopes I can find something.
I don't mind cleaning cages. I do want something that will be quiet enough for an apartment though so I'm beginning to think a conure is out :(

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