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Old 07-11-07, 05:35 PM   #1
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Playing with my Cockatiel

Don't get smart.

My Cockatiel is about the best pet I have. She sits on my shoulder while I type and never complains (she sings to me, too.)

When I come home from work, she calls to me.

She loves me.
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Old 07-11-07, 05:36 PM   #2
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She sits on my shoulder while I type
Uh, what's that big white spot on your back?
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Old 07-11-07, 05:42 PM   #4
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Uh, what's that big white spot on your back?
Enthusiasts call them, "polkadots."



I learned a long time ago not to let her eat until afterwards.
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Ihad two for years. Jazz and Minuet. They were phenomenal pets.
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Living in an apartment with four cats, I think it would be wise for me to not have any pet birds.
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I bet the little guy in your avatar disagrees with you there.
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Living in an apartment with four cats, I think it would be wise for me to not have any pet birds.
Just get something like a hawk or an eagle that can defend itself.
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More like an owl, then all the animals would be nocturnal.
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I have a horned lizard that shoots blood out of his eye socket when you try to pick him up.

He's awesome.
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Old 07-11-07, 08:09 PM   #11
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I have a horned lizard that shoots blood out of his eye socket when you try to pick him up.

He's awesome.

This post is worthless w/o pics. That is all.
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Old 07-11-07, 08:14 PM   #12
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No blood squirting pics yet, but here is Spike pulling the "how you doin" pose:

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I have an African Grey parrot. They are not among the largest hookbills by any stretch, but my two cats steer VERY clear of him.
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Old 07-11-07, 08:59 PM   #15
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My painted conure won't settle for being anywhere other than with me if given the choice. He'll fly over and land on my shoulder...or ear. Whatever. He's not quite ready for a wing clip yet, and it's driving me a little nuts. The green cheek gets frustrated because she can't follow.

Now when I have a B&G...now that's fun with cats. She'd chase the cats on command. Cornered the neighbor's pomeranian once, which was absolutely hilarious.

Birds larger than a budgie (and even some of them) are packed with personality, and they are very social critters. That's what makes them such good pets.
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Old 07-11-07, 09:22 PM   #16
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Where are the pics of your Cockatiel? We're curious
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Old 07-11-07, 09:58 PM   #17
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Don't get smart.

My Cockatiel is about the best pet I have. She sits on my shoulder while I type and never complains (she sings to me, too.)

When I come home from work, she calls to me.

She loves me.

Interesting...I was just looking tonite at a flyer someone put up advertising they had to move overseas and were leaving behind a cockatiel. Said it was friendly and needed good home. Just a few hours ago. I was staring at the ad, thinking hmm...I wonder if that's the pet for me.

Are they high maintenance? Easy/hard to travel with? What if I have to stay at a hotel? Are they OK while I am at work all day?
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Old 07-12-07, 07:59 AM   #18
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They're easy to take care of. It's not a problem to leave them at home while you're at work, you just have to provide them with certain things. I have no idea what a hotel's policy is on birds.

Just make sure you give them attention every day.
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Old 07-12-07, 09:32 AM   #19
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I used to have a Cockatiel a few years back. He was incredible too. His name was Pocky (after a type of chocolate here in Japan)
He used to impersonate the microwave, telephone and had an amazing vocabulary. He used to mimic me on the phone and repeat what I said.
Bless you little fella
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You don't travel with Birds. And if you're going to be gone all day it's best to have a pair to keep each other company. Otherwise they're easy to take care of.
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Old 07-12-07, 06:26 PM   #22
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Interesting...I was just looking tonite at a flyer someone put up advertising they had to move overseas and were leaving behind a cockatiel. Said it was friendly and needed good home. Just a few hours ago. I was staring at the ad, thinking hmm...I wonder if that's the pet for me.

Are they high maintenance? Easy/hard to travel with? What if I have to stay at a hotel? Are they OK while I am at work all day?
As some have said, it's an investment. You have to be willing to take her (him) out of the cage every day and bond. If you aren't willing to do that, don't get a bird.

Also, check out that "second-hand" bird. They might switch owners, but if you want one that can bond with you, you might want to get a young hand-fed straight from the store.

It's addicting.

And birds are generally smarter than dogs or cats. (That doesn't mean they'll play fetch, but they do train well. You can teach them to copy your whistle(s.) I heard mine copying a bird in the woods one morning. )

The thing is, the bird will think of you as it's "mate." It's best to give it lots of exposure to other family members so it will feel comfortable with others.

Mine will sit happily on my daughter's shoulder, but when I show up, she flies onto mine.

(In their native Australia, they are considered "pests" by some. How can this be?)

Sometimes, her song is so beautiful I'm awestruck by it.
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Another direction:
My Jack Russell caught and killed a Steller Jay a couple of days ago, just wasn't fast enough.
We used to own finches and they are so nice and cute with the sweetest voices.
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