FSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 13 Posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1334 times:
Hi, I need some advice from any of you who own birds.
We are considering getting a Hahns Macaw. There is this bird store next to our house that has one, and I grew really attached to it. I love the thing. I went there today and it hopped on my hand, crawls up, and plays around. I have never owned a bird before, so I had some questions, and am asking for some advice.
My questions are, are these kinds of birds real noisy? Will they wake my family up in the middle of the night? I know birds are generally like a member of the family, requiring a lot of attention, and that shouldn't be too much of a problem. Our only real concern is that we go out of town occasionally. The bird store boards birds for 7.50 USD a day, but thats kind of expensive, as we go out of times sometimes for weeks. What do we do then? We have a housekeeper that stays at our house all week, but leaves on the weekends. Can the bird be by itself on the weekends sometimes? And please give me any advice essential for caring for a bird.
Flyguy1 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1713 posts, RR: 4 Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1321 times:
As a bird owner, let me warn you, it is as if you are adopting a new member of your family. But birds are some of the most interesting pets to have. I cant comment on whether he will make noise, it does depend on the species. I own a Monk Parakeet,and he tends to be quiet at night, but during the day it is another story. He screams for no reason, eats like a pig, and makes a mess of his area.
When you purchase a bird, they act as if you are in a flock with them. Be prepared to spend a lot of time, and some money on your pet. But it is a blast to own one, and I highly recommend it. Much beter than a typical cat, dog, or fish. By the way, you cannot leave them alone very long. They need attention from the owners, and change of water, food, etc.
Email me if you need more info...
FSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 13 Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1313 times:
Thanks for the reply Flyguy. Yeah, it seems that they requre much more attention than a cat, or dog. Is it okay to have my neighbors check on the bird while we are out of town, or do they need constant attention all the time? We don't go out of town all the time, but during the summer, we go out quite often. I've been researching the bird online with no luck. I would like to know how the Hahns Macaws generally behave. If anyone knows, please email me.
Mx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1307 times:
Further to Flyguy's response.
At one stage recently I had 1 x Sulfur Crested Cockatoo, 3 Lorikeets, Alexandrine Ringneck and an Eclectus. (Yeah, include 2 cats, 1 dog and fish. Feeding time at the zoo.)
Birds as companion pets can be very rewarding, however they need specialised care the same as dogs and cats. You need to research the particular type of Parrot / Bird species that you are thinking of purchasing, so you know exactly the type of environment, bird house, noise levels and special dietary requirements your new friend may need.
One of the most important things with your new parrot is to make sure that it is healthy and in good shape before purchase. Generally with the larger or more specialised species you should request a warranty before purchase and immediately have your parrot checked by an avian vet for any disease or sickness.
After that is complete it's time too get to know the new member of the family. I could go into specific training details here, but basically you need to let the parrot know who's boss. The last thing you want is a snapping, screeching demon from hell who terrorises the whole family. Parrots don't normally behave like this unless they 'learn' it from their owners. This is from 'not knowing' how to behave with a parrot who is misbehaving. Never yell at them, it encourages them to misbehave even more. I can point you to some websites but give me a little while to dig them out, that have all the information you may need including FAQ's for many different breeds.
I wouldn't recommend having a companion parrot if you travel away all the time. When the parrot bonds with you they will become distressed if their 'mate' is away for too long. They need routine. Obviously I go away on holidays, but never more than a week or two at a time and I have someone who is 'known' by the parrots come and stay in the house with them whilst I am away. Plus they have their compatriots around them as well!
The great thing about Parrots is that they are great companions, very intelligent, cheeky, lovable but also a little demanding. They expect to be included in everything, even sitting watching television! As I said, if you don't have the time for all the initial hard work and training then I wouldn't suggest you purchase a parrot. But if your prepared to put the effort in you will be rewarded with a great friend for many years!
BTW - All of my parrots are from either wires (volunteer org) or have been neglected / unwanted. I take them in and care for them until they are suitable to be placed with a happy home.
Currently my Alexandrine (who was unwanted because the owner claimed it was retarded!) is in "Do not screech for food or for daddy." learning mode. Ha Ha.
I'll try to find those links for you if you like. (One will be to Birds'n'Ways if you want to search yourself.) And if you have any more questions fire away.
Flyguy1 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1713 posts, RR: 4 Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1294 times:
MX5 is right on, you can leave them alone, but not for that long. A day or so is ok, but after that it can be a problem. If you want to find out more on that species, try to find a book on parrots in a pet store, library, bookstore, etc.
Boeing757fan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1292 times:
Kinda off the subject, kinda not... I was in Hawaii, and these tropical birds were for sale on the street. These birds, being contaminated by US Sailors up to no good were cursing.... I really mean they were swearing. The lady said that is bad because if someone doesnt want them for the reason of the language of the bird, they cant just let it go back into the wild, because it will teacht he other native tropical birds that can speak to swear also and there would be cursing birds all over Hawaii.... Have you ever heard this? She was serious. I AM NOT KIDDING ABOUT THE SWEARING EITHER!
Mx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1290 times:
I have never heard of that it sounds a bit dubious. However you should NEVER teach your companion parrot obscenities. It might be amusing for some but what if something happens beyond your control or the bird outlives you (such as with Cockatoos) and the bird needs a home?
Not many would be willing to take a filthy mouthed parrot. I went on holidays for a week to the snow last year and when I got back my Rainbow (Zilla) lorikeet was coming out with all sorts of foul language.
I asked my sister (who was looking after the menagere at the time) what she had been teaching the bird. (Zilla picked up words and sounds really well.) She had no idea as she was as surprised as I was. It turned out that during the day a next door neighbour regularly was in her back yard spewing forth obscenities.
I moved Zilla away from the open window and thankfully the foul language stopped. (With the exception of "hey fatso". lol)
FSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 13 Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1285 times:
Hey, thanks for the great responses guys. I really appreciate it. Unfortunately, my dad decided he DOESN'T want anything to do with a bird, lol. Sheesh. He doesn't want a bird because he says they are messy and smelly. Birds are not smelly, I can't convince him though. Bird feces do not smell, for one. Messy, I don't know. The lady at the bird store said that birds are generally rather messy. But thanks for the responses. I'm going to get a book and read up on it. I really like this particular bird, I am just afraid it will get sold before we have a chance to buy it. It's a hahn's macaw. Amazing, and a sweet, friendly bird.
Gocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4319 posts, RR: 22 Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1274 times:
How much is that bird? What's the phone number of the pet store soI can purchase that bird? I've seen macaws and parrots on sale at a bird store for over $1,000 USD. Pretty, colorful looking bird. I would love to own one someday.