Hand-reared birds?

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  1. gregcranston

    gregcranston Well-Known Member

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    I don't know any breeders personally, but you can usually find hand-reared cockateils and stuff on the tradingpost that should fit your budget.
    Like this ad for example:

    http://www.tradingpost.com.au/Pets-Horses/Birds/AdNumber=TP001191998?BackToResult=true

    As for cages, that's a different matter, but if you ring that guy (in ad above) he could probably help you out with places to buy a cage.
    Good luck.

    P.S. Cockatiels are amazing hand-tame companion birds, I used to have one as a kid and he was fantastic! Here is another: http://www.tradingpost.com.au/Pets-Horses/Birds/AdNumber=8402942?BackToResult=true
     
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    I think the pet shop in Bayswater called Feathers, Fur and Fins (or something like that) specialises in hand reared birds, my friend got a cocketiel from there and it's very tame and is happy to sit on her hand all day.
     
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    hi i kept birds for 8 years from cockateails to quakers got realy into lorrikeets at the end to keep them propely it takes 2 to 3 hours in the morning and the same in the avo an those u hand raise as well but in my opinion cockateails r the go [geting more after xmas] but the 1s u like r the best 1s happy bird keeping reps r more adictive lol :D:D:D
     
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    the.badger Well-Known Member

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    Well it turns out one of my clients had some young cockatiels for sale. She brought one in for me tonight :)

    It's of the white faced variety but it's basically plain grey, it's been in an aviary with others so it's not tame yet. Don't know sex yet either.

    I will post some pics when it is settled in and has a name, haha, for those who are interested.
     
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    If your budget is around the $100 mark for a hand reared bird your pretty much limited to a cockateil, lovebird or a budgie, but I have also seen kakariki's and green ringnecks for a bit over that price. I keep Green cheeked conures and they make an excellent companion bird but just a bit out of your price range and are also like a 2 year old child always requiring stimulation...

    *edit *sorry just read that you had gotten yourself a cockateil. CONGRATULATIONS they are amazing birds and you wont be dissapointed :D
     
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    Thankyou! The dogs are going a bit spastic but hopefully they'll get used to it in no time. Hopefully... :)

    I wouldn't say this one's been hand reared so I'll have to do a bit of rearing myself, should be fun.

    Just have to wait a few days.
     
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    Birds which are kept as house pets have different requirements to aviary birds. A Kak kept in a big parrot cage with lots of toys ( change them every few weeks to keep interest going) would be fine provided you allow time out of the cage to play & interact with you. They are an amazing bird, even aviary birds which have been parent raised can become so friendly they will happily ride on a shoulder while you clean & feed! One of ours got out one day. She obviously didn't like her freedom cos she flew in through an open window & sat on a kitchen chair! After checking things out, she jumped onto my shoulder & stayed there as I walked through the backyard to her aviary. Once inside, she flew to her favourite perch, gave a big fluff of her wings & sat there looking around. I think she was pleased to be home!

    And good luck with your Cockatiel. It would already be weaned which means what you now have to do is hand tame it, which, btw is not as easy ( or the same thing ) as hand raising it. Post pics when you have them? The white face female are plain grey while the males have big white cheek patches. They are quite easy to tell apart, unlike some of the other mutations!
     
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    In that case I think we have a female!
     
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    Green Wings are alot more expensive than the blue and golds, same as the scarlets. Africans are have actually gone up and are fetching around $7500 and yeah eckies are about $1200 for a young pair.
     
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    Get a red or yellow tail black cockatoo they are great!
     
  11. PhilK

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    We got a Green Cheeked Conure a little while back and the whole family is in love with him - he is just great.

    One day I would love an African Grey and/or a macaw..
     
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    We got a HT cockerteil a few months for $100. I didn't go in looking for one as we had just lost my other HR cockerteil but they had some so I had a look. I put my hand in to see how tame they were - this little guy jump on my finger then ran up my arm onto my sholder. he stayed on my sholder the whole time I was walking around the petshop and when I went to put him back he didn't wanna go so he came home with us. He sat on my wifes shoulder the whole way home which was an hour trip
    Lets hope you got a male because they can mimic a lot better then females. We also had a female and she only had one type of whistle - bloody loud.
    Sammy does a good phone impression which can be annoying when you are outside and you hear him, he is also learning the simpson tune. Not quite there yet but has parts of it.
    If you are still after a cage Ebay is a great place to look
    We picked up a huge cage for our other 6 for $150, saw it in a petshop a couple of weeks later for $700

    Heres Sammy
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    Hey i know this is probably a little late, but you could try and build yourself a cage, materials wouldnt cost all that much... just wouldnt look as good :/ more money to spend on a bird :) i want an african grey, although they are a little expensive...
     
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    I'm interested in getting a cockatoo, the sulphur crested kind.

    what are these worth hand reared?

    Cheers
     
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    one of these lorys

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    I love cockies but it is worth remembering that their life expectancy is similar to humans so you are taking on a friend for life.

     
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    We have a pair of Zebra finches which we acquired as rejected snake food for a finicky python. We have had them fro 6 years and they bring so much life into our house it is amazing. As I type the male is singing away and bouncing up and down the cage with blades of grass showing off. They respond to every sound in the house. As a caged bird I think they are much underated.

    In an outdoor aviary we have a pair of eastern rosellas which are magnificent birds but while captive bred they are far from tame. We just love them but they are not companion animals. Hand reared as an individual pet kept indoors I think they would be a different story. They are quite beautiful and very intelligent.
     
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