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Just be careful with her. My mum's galah escaped because something scared him when he was playing with the dogs. She thinks someone found him because she could hear him whistling sometimes and he was very friendly.
 

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That would be awesome if you could see them sometime :) The training probably wouldn't be that interesting yet, I do them in 5-15 minutes randomly through out the day so they stay interested and don't become uninterested. Once Rosie has recalling started it will be more interesting :D

Just be careful with her. My mum's galah escaped because something scared him when he was playing with the dogs. She thinks someone found him because she could hear him whistling sometimes and he was very friendly.
Once she's fully flighted I'll be very careful, she has a harness for outside and I might use it downstairs at first so she doesn't get scared and crash into window or mirror and seriously harm herself O.O
 

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:) I'd also love to see your cichlid tank. Something tells me your room must be absolutely fascinating, with the fish and birds.
 

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Do you really have a leash on your cockateil?[she's a cockatoo] What if Rosie tries to fly away? How would you perch it on your hand/other place?
It's a harness for birds, when I have her on my hand I wrap it through my fingers so if she fly's she can't get far, a bird who isn't trained to free fly and in good shape can easily get scared and once in the sky they don't have the proper endurance to fly. Even in a small breeze a bird can loose control and become exhausted trying to get back to you before eventually being blown away(it's windier the higher you go too). Plus with a little wind any bird can get lift, even if they're wings are clipped.

The leash part doesn't really get in her way, it mostly just annoys her lol When I carry Rosie I have her facing me, this way when she gets scared and fly's she either gets on my shoulder, or clings to my shirt while flapping until my hand is under her and she steps back up. When she fly's away from me she goes towards the ground since her wings are clipped and I lower her slowly so she doesn't hurt her keen or any other muscles/bones. I'm currently letting her wings grow back in so she can fly outside for exercise, Galah cockatoo's can loose 20 years of they're life from becoming overweight and developing fatty tumors. The hard part will be motivating her to fly, then getting her in shape.

Well you've educated me a lot! My grandmother is a bird fiend! She has has a bird about 1 1/2 foot tall and also has trained her birds to dance, and say the normal things like hello, goodbye and I love you, ect.

In ignorance, I honestly thought that there weren't more than 1 kind of cockatoo. And I think i'll stick with the cockateil, if I ever do get one. When I was younger, I remeber being chased by one of my grandmother's horrible birds that were just knee high at times and I thought they were the birdy versions of godzilla and it could fly so that made it no easier to get away from.


That's so scary! Large birds can do some serious damage, especially to a kid. Was it a cockatoo? Umbrellas are pretty big, as well as sulfur crested. Click on this if you want to see what a bad bite looks like, a guy got bit on his lip by his umbrella cockatoo http://www.charlieandpeggy.com/cockatoobite1.jpg

You really know your stuff! I think the bird harness is a great idea just like the dog, iguana ect. harness. Though what if he were to try and fly while you are walking where there is no place for him to land? Would you just pull him back, or what will you usually do?

Also, as for me, it was terrifying for me to run away from a huge parrot that just a minute ago I thought birds were so cute and wanted a parakeet, but at the same time I thought of that bird that was chasing me and made up my mind to just get a guinea pig. So I've had cavvys when i was younger and enjoyed them for many years.

Anyway, I see that I was starting to rant and keep going on...To get to the point, (Luckily I was never bit by her) she scratched me many times and was so jealous of all the kids in the house, but was so in love with my grandmother and had such an amazing bond with her it was unbelievable.

When you said that birds sometimes get confused and think they are humans. I think she felt this way.

I love your birds and especially like the dark pink color on her! It's very unique and unlike many things I have never seen before.
 

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You really know your stuff! I think the bird harness is a great idea just like the dog, iguana ect. harness. Though what if he were to try and fly while you are walking where there is no place for him to land? Would you just pull him back, or what will you usually do?

Also, as for me, it was terrifying for me to run away from a huge parrot that just a minute ago I thought birds were so cute and wanted a parakeet, but at the same time I thought of that bird that was chasing me and made up my mind to just get a guinea pig. So I've had cavvys when i was younger and enjoyed them for many years.

Anyway, I see that I was starting to rant and keep going on...To get to the point, (Luckily I was never bit by her) she scratched me many times and was so jealous of all the kids in the house, but was so in love with my grandmother and had such an amazing bond with her it was unbelievable.

When you said that birds sometimes get confused and think they are humans. I think she felt this way.

I love your birds and especially like the dark pink color on her! It's very unique and unlike many things I have never seen before.
When I don't want her to land I just don't lower her to the ground and get my hand back under her so she'll step back onto my hand XD If she where to fly straight I could just real her back in, her leash is only about 4 feet long since she's not currently flying. Once she's flying I'll go out and get her a 20" leash :)

Birds have very sharp nails, I need to clip Rosie's nails again and when I take her out I'll bring a glove with me so my hand doesn't get cuts. I normally wouldn't but my mom works with very sick/injured/cancer people and is very paranoid about infections.

I took some photo's of Dante while I was exercising her, I have her fly to me, and also to a chair. I use the chair more for exercising then training.




This one isn't really good, but I think it's kinda cool looking
 

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Does your cockatiel like getting in your hair? Whenever we used to let our male out he would always just sit on my head and groom my hair. That, and chew the ends of my pencils.

Seeing your photos is making me all nostalgic. But with four inside cats and three dogs, I don't think a bird would feel very comfortable at our house.
 

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They are beautiful!
 

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@Copperarabian: Now I see. I love those pictures. The last one has a very "ghosty" look to it.

I definitely want a cockateil. Parakeets are beautiful, but they are little chatterboxes and usually very loud when in a group.

Now it's just a matter of money, and research that's stopping me lol!
 

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@Copperarabian: Now I see. I love those pictures. The last one has a very "ghosty" look to it.

I definitely want a cockateil. Parakeets are beautiful, but they are little chatterboxes and usually very loud when in a group.

Now it's just a matter of money, and research that's stopping me lol!
here's some good sites to read about them
http://www.cockatielcottage.net/basics.html http://www.cockatielcottage.net/newbirds.html
http://www.letstalkbirds.com/cockatiels.htm
http://www.pet-parrots.com/


Here's a cockatiel Forum that has some good information
http://talkcockatiels.com/forum.php
 

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Wow, they're both beautiful!! I'm thinking about getting a Cockatiel, but it's between that or a Green Cheeked Conure. How old are they? Is Dante loud?
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Wow, they're both beautiful!! I'm thinking about getting a Cockatiel, but it's between that or a Green Cheeked Conure. How old are they? Is Dante loud?
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Here's a information filled response to you, and anyone else with parrots on the forum :)

Dante used to scream every time I left the room, sometimes for longer then 20 minutes. She no longer does this unless I leave my door open because I only came back when she stopped, sometimes I'd walk in and she would scream, so I turned right around and walked back out. The cockatiel has a pleasant trilling call that isn't very loud. Green cheek conures have a slightly louder and harsher call then the cockatiels single clear high pitched scream. And keep in mine all birds will at some point in the day scream, usually around sunrise or sunset. it's just what they do, only on rare occasions do you find a bird who won't scream. I recently found out from bird tricks that by feeding your parrot at night time they will be busy eating and not scream.


Lifespan

Both can live to be 30 years old, and some have lived to be even older. Sadly most pet stores give them a life span of 10-20 years because most people unintentionally neglect their birds. Here's 3 major factors to their life span:

Diet
Pet parrots eat seeds, most people know this and feed their birds a all seed diet for their entire lives. Unfortunately this is very wrong information and most of their diet should actually consist of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, and some nuts depending on the type of bird you have. This should be supplemented with a high quality pellet diet, but not just any pellets will do! Most pellets are colorful and full of sugar and fillers that won't do your bird any good.

Birds who aren't fed properly will have premature organ failure, can develop fatty liver disease, become obese, fatty tumors, contributes to a overgrown beak, feather plucking/ feather chewing, causes a parrot to bite more, and they're feathers won't be as brilliant as a well fed bird.

Exercise

Just like humans if all a bird does is sit around all day they won't be as healthy as a bird who goes out and gets exercise. Some species of birds, like my Galah, are very prone to obesity and fatty tumors. Because of this I'm letting her primary feathers(the feathers that give lift) grow back in so I can teach her to recall and fly outdoors with her harness on. Clipping your birds wing's isn't a bad thing to do because of all the dangers, but well trained fully flighted bird get lots of exercise. A clipped bird should receive lots of playtime to make up for this.

Clean environment
If droppings and food are left in the cage, they will develop mold and bacteria which can even make their owners sick, plus they will smell. Water dishes should be cleaned with diluted dish soap everyday, if they feel slimy that's bacteria and it should of been cleaned sooner. I clean their dry food dishes once a week, and wet food dishes get cleaned everyday a few hours after given the food so it isn't going bad in their cage. I also clean any food dishes that have been pooped on immediately.

The entire cage should be thoroughly cleaned once a week, and all the perches should be wiped down. Try placing the perches in places where they won't get pooped on. I use Nature's Miracle cage and aviary to clean the cages, some people use diluted vinegar. The dishes should be removed when cleaning the entire cage. For the bottom I layer newspaper so that everyday I just take off the top layer and a fresh one is already there, it saves a lot of time and is way more convenient.


Cage size
Here is Dante's cage for an example of cage size. Cockatiels have long tails that will be destroyed by a cage that's too small, or misplaced perches(to close to the edge or too high). Green cheek conures don't have as long of tails, but they can still be messed up by improper perch placement.

A 16" x 16" x 18" would be good for a cockatiel or Green Cheek conure, that's what size the cage in the photo is.

Also notice the perches, it's very important to have different textures and widths to prevent sores from developing. Having different types of perches also exercise they're feet, and stretches them. Most bird cages come with perches in either wood or plastic similar to the lowest perch you see in this photo, one is ok since it gives your bird access to both sides of the cage but make sure to give variation.

And here's a awesome treat, the pink perch is a cement perch that actually dulls Dante's nails for me so I don't need to cut them. Only downside is it's rough, so make sure your bird has other options.

 

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I'm really serious, Copper, you should write a book on responsible bird care. You have such a wealth of information and compiling it into a book would be amazing. You could even make it an e-book or a Kindle book.

Haha, like you aren't busy enough. Maybe Ksie can help you write it?
 
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