I'm Getting a Bird! - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-07-2011, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
SmokeNLark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 368
I'm Getting a Bird!

So I've been looking for another pet. I've got my fish, horses and dogs, but I want something different. I just lost my rabbit (rip <3). And as much as I loved her, rabbits aren't really the pet for me. I was originally looking into a reptile, but soon found that the ones I like the best are difficult to care for and not what I am able to have right now. So I looked at birds. Originally I was looking at parakeets, then cockatiels. But I went to the specialty bird store near me (the guy knows what he's doing, it's him and his wife. he's had birds since he was 6 and he's gotta be 60 now). He recommended conures. There was a sweet little painted conure I was playing with, but I think I've decided on a sun conure. They're gorgeous. All his birds are hand raised from local breeders.

I'm excited, I ordered my cage today! Even though I won't be getting the bird until May, I'm doing tons of research and starting to collect things.

Anyone else have birds?

Tanks- 55 gal(in progress)-Common pleco, Angels, lemon and rummynose tetra, blue rams; 29 gal planted- rasboras, corys, otos, clown plec, shrimp; 10 gal- juvenile goldfish; 6 gal planted- betta

Other Pets-Maggie(Tricolor Paint Mare),
Lily(Sun Conure), Zoe and Melina(Budgies), Leonardo- Bearded Dragon, Pilot and Phoenix(Golden Retrievers), Beckham(german shepard/akita), Myrtle and Richard(hermit crabs)

A Better Betta Fish Care Video!
http://www.youtube.com/user/SmokeNLark?feature=mhum
SmokeNLark is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-07-2011, 09:57 PM
Member
 
Pekemom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Central Florida, USA
Posts: 528
I used to have a sulfur-crested cockatoo many years ago named Buttercup. We had her for many years. She was extremely tame. My husband could lay her on her back and rock her like a baby in his arms!! Birds are great fun - and smarter than you think! And it sounds like you have someone you can turn to with questions, too...Can't wait to see pics!

Pekemom
5 gal. Fluval Chi Tank: Brooke, Female CT
Fur Babies: Pekingese Bailey Brie, 14
http://tinyurl.com/466apan
Pekingese Brandee~Cherie, 11
http://tinyurl.com/4bb58ev
Formally, a Mom to Two Tanks of
Blood Parrots and Assorted Freshwater Babies!
Pekemom is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-07-2011, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
SmokeNLark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 368
Yeah, they are incredibly smart. The owner of the store explained it as having a 2 year old for 20 years. lol

And I used to have a chicken that I could do that with. lol

Tanks- 55 gal(in progress)-Common pleco, Angels, lemon and rummynose tetra, blue rams; 29 gal planted- rasboras, corys, otos, clown plec, shrimp; 10 gal- juvenile goldfish; 6 gal planted- betta

Other Pets-Maggie(Tricolor Paint Mare),
Lily(Sun Conure), Zoe and Melina(Budgies), Leonardo- Bearded Dragon, Pilot and Phoenix(Golden Retrievers), Beckham(german shepard/akita), Myrtle and Richard(hermit crabs)

A Better Betta Fish Care Video!
http://www.youtube.com/user/SmokeNLark?feature=mhum
SmokeNLark is offline  
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-08-2011, 10:54 AM
Member
 
bloo97's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Georgia
Posts: 2,320
I want a chicken. :P

"Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less."
~Robert E. Lee
bloo97 is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-08-2011, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
SmokeNLark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 368
I love chickens. Mine was a white silkie. He would follow me everywhere :p it was so cute.

Tanks- 55 gal(in progress)-Common pleco, Angels, lemon and rummynose tetra, blue rams; 29 gal planted- rasboras, corys, otos, clown plec, shrimp; 10 gal- juvenile goldfish; 6 gal planted- betta

Other Pets-Maggie(Tricolor Paint Mare),
Lily(Sun Conure), Zoe and Melina(Budgies), Leonardo- Bearded Dragon, Pilot and Phoenix(Golden Retrievers), Beckham(german shepard/akita), Myrtle and Richard(hermit crabs)

A Better Betta Fish Care Video!
http://www.youtube.com/user/SmokeNLark?feature=mhum
SmokeNLark is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-08-2011, 03:28 PM
Member
 
Bettas143's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Somewhere in Virginia
Posts: 209
Aww that awesome. When I grow a little older Im gonna have my own sun counure. I wanted one but I have 3 Parakeets right now. Trying to go up there lol. Good Luck:)

Pericles
Bettas143 is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-08-2011, 05:23 PM
Member
 
doggyhog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: In the middle of no where (PA)
Posts: 5,072
I don't have my own bird, but my best friend does and I take care of hers a lot. He is so sweet!! He is a cockatiel. I wanted to get a bird a few years ago but the fact that they live so long scares me. LOL

"Whoever said fish were low maintenance obviously never owned fish"
doggyhog is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-23-2013, 07:57 PM
New Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 2
I have a female cockatiel: Murphy, two ringneck doves: Dumb & Dumber (???), and four Zebra finches; Ribbon (F), Peeps (F), Stripe (F), and Cricket (M). IO would suggest finches for those who are worried about life span. the average life span is five years, but Ribbon is about eight, so she is a weirdie... My pure white Zebie, Willow, died a couple months ago at age 4 and two months...she used to sit on my hand as I fed her millet....Peeps is her daughter, along with Ribbon.. Ringneck Doves can live ten to twenty years, and are loud, annoying, messy and ABSOLUTELY LOVABLE!!! Cockatiels can live to twenty five, but my uncle's lived to thirty six. and my Ma's Woody, (M) is twenty six...(the cranky old bird) I really want an African grey....but I have way too many pets! Along with birds we have turtles, lizards, fish, a dog, and (of course) BETTAS!!!
Sunfyre427 is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-02-2014, 03:53 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 251
I had a cockatiel when I was a kid for several years until she died suddenly. :( She'd always been a bit of a "special needs" type bird in a way, she was a more clumsy than your average cockatiel and the lady we got her from gave her special attention because other birds would try to pick on her. I loved her, she was so sweet. She was loving, intelligent and very entertaining to watch and interact with. Birds can make wonderful companions (although some species like finches do not do well with handling), but I find there are drawbacks. For cockatiels in particular, they are prone to night frights, I believe they are the only species of bird commonly kept as pets to be prone to night terrors. If you have your cockatiel in your room (or in an area close to where you sleep) be prepared for the possibility of waking up during the night to a noisy screaming bird! Some birds can be very loud and/or destructive! It depends on both the species and the individual bird, I'd recommend getting a bird from a rescue so they will know more about the individual and its habits, noise and destructiveness level than a pet store generally would. petfinder.com is a great resource for finding a pet, they have many birds listed there! If you live in an apartment, you may not be allowed to have a bird due to noise. As stated before, a well cared for bird, depending on the species will live a long life, especially when compared to something like a betta. Some larger parrots like macaws can live over 80 years! Depending on your current age, the birds age, and how long its species lives, you may have to write your bird into your will as a young bird with a life span of a human will outlive you.

Another drawback is the cleaning. Birds are messy. They don't poop in just one place in the cage like a cat in a litter box would, and food like pellets,seeds and husks go about the cage bottom and even on the floor around the cage. Some birds seem to deliberately throw food, others are just messy when eating. The cage, perches, and toys all need to be cleaned. While many cages have a convenient pull out tray that makes the cage floor easier to clean, the "bar part" of the cage still has to be cleaned, as well as the bottom part that the tray slots into, and the wire grid (if there is one)that sits on the bottom, all of which can be more difficult to clean than the pull out tray. Many smaller cages have a detachable top piece, bigger parrot cages might not. Having a big sink to was and rinse the tray in helped. An appropriately sized cage depending on species can be expensive and may require more room then you actually have available. If you use any nonstick cook wear you cannot keep your bird in the kitchen, either keep it in another room, or get cookwear that is not nonstick.

Beware if you have cats! We had two cats at the time, both rescues- an old cat who had claws but never bothered the bird due to age, and a younger rescue who was declawed but who bothered the bird if she ever got the chance. We'd keep her closed out of my room at all times, but occasionally she'd sneak in without us seeing, or when we'd bring the bird in its cage down to the kitchen or living room to spend time with us there and give it a change of scenery, the cat would want to try bothering the bird! Like I said this cat had been declawed in the front, so couldn't scratch the bird and the bird would avoid the cat by just moving away but the few times it happened it still stressed the bird out. The bird learned to squawk for us if the cat snuck in and bothered her, and because of the cat not having front claws it couldn't really hurt the bird but it worried us a lot to think if the cat had gotten that door open somehow and was harassing the bird. If you have an older cat that stays on the ground you should be ok though.
JustinieBeanie is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
URGENT! Anybody knows what this bird is?? Duncan13 The Lounge 21 01-20-2011 04:21 AM
Poor Bird ;( Duncan13 The Lounge 11 12-24-2010 10:12 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome