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Old 03-12-2012, 05:27 PM   #11 
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sad face indeed. Umm I would maybe breech the subject to your parents for a b-day gift? or for your gift just to be to let you get one :) That's how I got my Spike, I bugged my parents long enough and then I got one. gosh that was when I was ...that was almost 12 years ago...I kinda feel old lol
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:32 PM   #12 
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the'll say get rid of one of my other pets thats why i won't ask, or take away my spawning equipment... do birds need any kind of electronic devices? just wondering, the'll probably flip if they hear it. because who wants to hear this:
a 13-year-old girl that has 7 betta's (and a little guest, my bro CT boy)
and one western hognose snake that also has one dog and cat, that wants a bird? seriously, they think am responsible for the cat though it is my younger brother's, just because am the cat's love, she will follow me and bother the heck out of me for attention
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:39 PM   #13 
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lol, how can a oldie blk/white film with minimal effects do that in such an advanced age? jokes aside the old movies are still very good and i dont think that the birds movie would do much compared to the gory horror films these days. im actually trying to look for that darn movie as amateer of fact.

as far as getting more pets im 30% impulse but mostly aware of real estate constraints to put the potential new pets in. ive stopped with new pets and just focus on the current ones. its a hard task to resist but if you list too many cons about getting new pets then its a bit easier to resist. i wont lie, i love birds but i find the most colourful ones loud if anything. dont get me started on the large size and price for them. i wouldn't mind a quiet bird but id be afraid of it getting loose and fly away for good. im more into predatory raptors than smaller breeds.
The version I saw was in color.
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:41 PM   #14 
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lol I've had a snake, hamster, a tank full of fish, two dogs and my bird at once LOL. As for electronic stuff as long as your house stays pretty warm (high 60's low 70's) you should be fine. I have my house at 75 at the moment and she's happy as could be :) Although if you have a computer with music they do like to dance. Spike has developed an ear for bass and if its the right beat she just goes off dancing. I have a video but beware view at your own risk :P
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgJUf...68AUAAAAAAAAAA
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:52 PM   #15 
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Why not keep learning? Keep reading, and become a very well-informed birdless person! That way, when you finally do get one you'll know lots about them and their care, and probably avoid making all kinds of mistakes as a new bird owner.

I wish to heck I'd done that with bettas, rather than taking the pet store employee's word for gospel..
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:58 PM   #16 
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aww what a awesome bird, but idk what the temp is :\ i have a radiator, so bird don't need electronic devices? well besides a radiator thing :P whats a ear for brass? also idk about bird food at all, like which one is cheap but good nutrition or what evers. i NEVER owned a bird before (none of my family has). am afraid they'll take things away from me, i could tell them some good things about birds but if i do this i think i will have to give up betta breeding :( and i don't want to do that. and as i said am 13 they will think i have too many animals. though my brother takes care of my snake (it was a deal,you take care of my snake, i take care of your fish)

i did learn lots of stuff before having a betta. so, am thinking about a cockatiel bird, they sound very well and a great beginner bird too. would they need a large height cage?

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Old 03-12-2012, 06:03 PM   #17 
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I think a bird deserves the biggest cage you can get. They will be so much happier with room to move. Of course being out of the cage daily would be a substitute.

Can't believe no one's brought this up, but see if you have any bird rescues near by. Says you live in Chicago, there's bound to be some bird rescues there. Ask to come by, maybe help out. It'd be a great way to be around birds if you can't have one. Maybe you'd even end up adopting one from a rescue :3
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lol food is food, as long as your get cockatiel food your good and just keep seed in their cage always. and once again other than staying warm you dont really have to worry about them. They wont over eat like our silly fish but they do like variety. Out side of seed you can give them just about everything. Dairy and fatty foods aren't good for birds but I admit to sharing some ice cream or french fries with here occasionally. Fruits and veggies are good, and even some meats. Just watch out for fatty meats. Chicken is good for them, surprisingly considering its like a long lost cousin but watch the spices. Watch out for things that expand in your tummy (like rice and bread) they will over eat on those and then be sick in about a half hour. Also dont feed them anything cooked on teflon, it gives off a chemical thats not good for birdies. And what i meant by an ear for bass, is bass as in music, you know "bump up the bass"
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I think a bird deserves the biggest cage you can get. They will be so much happier with room to move. Of course being out of the cage daily would be a substitute.
Spike is only in her cage at night, but still has a pretty big cage overall. Currently she's sleeping on it next to her mirror.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:13 PM   #20 
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I breed eclectus parrots and lemme tell you, birds can be challenging. You have to be so careful because they have extremely sensitive respiratory systems. Everything they breathe in goes directly into their blood stream and can kill them fast. When I got my first bird I had to get rid of everything in the house that had teflon (including pots and pans, curling iron and even clothes iron), no scented candles, no perfumes, absolutely no chemical cleaners and no more home air fresheners. My fiancee did not want to risk killing the bird he just spent over $1000 on so it all had to go. I love my birds dearly so I did not mind having to change a lot in the house and it even taught me a lot about healthier living.

Keep researching bird care, they do make exceptional companions as long as you get the right kind that fits in with your lifestyle. Join a mailing list or forum with other bird owners and you can learn a LOT of great stuff. Cockatiels do make great starter birds but any bird is a huge commitment especially since they live so long. Birds are kind of like bettas, there are so many misconceptions about what is appropriate for their care.

As for feeding, cockatiels can survive on seed but it's not the healthiest diet. Seed supplemented with fresh raw veggies and fruit is best. There are also pellet diets on the market that people feed their birds which are good if fresh foods cannot be offered on a daily basis. You can give them chicken as a treat, I give mine baked chicken wings smothered in fresh jalapenos once a week. I personally would never feed anything to my birds that is not natural (seeds,nuts,veggies,fruit,etc.) but then again I'm also feeding parrots and they are feeding chicks.

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