show us your exotic birds

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  1. Jay84

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    I miss my bourkys

    how much were the caquies? I know they generally cost a lot!
     
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    I've got pied Bourkes too ;)
     
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    I loved them so much. Miss their morning and evening call
     
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    These are my 3 pairs of Lineolated parrots.
     
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    Beautiful birds jay84, how's the ekkies going? Any recent pics :)
     
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    They're going well! We've had one successful clutch with a young
    Male just weaned, mum handreared him.
     
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    Lucky, lucky!

    it's a wonder theyre not more popular in this country (despite being scarce of course!)

    Theyre stunning and so adorable!
     
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    I believe they will definitely be a very popular bird, pet bird especially. Their numbers are still very low but increasing. They're wanted and the sell extremely quick.

    My 3 pairs are -

    Green / Lutino **** x Turquoise hen
    These will produce
    green / turq
    Lutino young

    Turquoise **** x green / turquoise hen
    These will produce
    green/turq
    turq young

    Cobalt greywing **** x dark green / turq hen
    These will produce
    Green / turq
    Dark green / turq
    Olive / turq
    Turq
    Cobalt
    Mauve
    (All the above can also be greywing)

    So I should hopefully have a few nice colours produced!
     
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    Pics didn't work :( But unless they are the Aussie subspecies they're still exotics :)
     
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    Prudence.jpg Pru and Henry.jpg Henry.jpg Yes Jay84, they are the Eclectus Roratus Macgillvrayii species from Iron Range National Park area Lockhart River...
     
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    There is always a constant supply of "hand-reared" birds in mostly every pet shop, but whenever I ask the owner of the pet shop if they have birds available to be hand-reared, they say no, because they enjoy it themselves and they get a better profit. SO I asked them where they get the birds to hand rear, and they all said they get them from breeders.

    My question is this - are there any breeders of Lorikeets, Quakers, Conures or any other parrot that would be willing to sell me a baby bird to be hand-reared, so that the bird attaches to me. And if anyone is worried about my ability to raise a baby bird, please don't be - I've hand-reared wombats, birds (not parrots), lambs, guinea pigs and rabbits.
     
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    So you have hand raised zero parrots then. No offense meant, I am just telling you what a parrot breeder would read that as. Hand raising really isn't that hard, but that is not the only reason breeders say no.

    Generally it is considered very bad practice to sell unweaned birds and you would be hard pressed to find a reputable breeder who would do so. I ALWAYS refused when I used to breed. There are just so many things that can go wrong in the early stages and all it does is create headaches for both breeder and buyer and a whole lot of risk and instability for the little one.

    That you think a bird needs to be hand raised by you to attach to you would be a warning sign and perhaps a little research is needed here? In the long term you would much prefer a bird who has been well socialized with multiple other birds and people (by the breeder) then one you raise in isolation. Hand raising isn't necessary to make the bird bond with you either. In fact my clingiest bird is parent raised for the most part (co raised and then hand raised at the very end).

    Again I hope I don't sound nasty. I am just telling you what a breeder would think when hearing your request.
     
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    Handraising is to be taken very seriously and not for novices for fun.

    its also a bit worrying youd want an unweaned bird, because not only is it poor practice, it will not make the bird like you more. It may end up viewing you as a parent figure and reject you as it reaches maturity.
    Parrots and birds arent one in the same.

    My cockatoo was weaned at 11 months from his breeder and now over 3 years old couldnt love me more.
    Birds are individual, more so than say a dog, theyll like you, or they wont.
     
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    No, you don't sound nasty at all, just worried. And now I am as well for all those hand reared birds in all those pet shops. There must be so many losses. As with everything in the world of pet shops, it has a dirty, awful background that not many people know about. I will definitely stop buying from the shops that sell hand-reared birds.
    Thankyou for enlightening me :)

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    I was given advice from many pet shop keepers that if I hand-reared my own bird then it would become much more attached to me.

    Also, I'm aware that raising a parrot is different from raising an aviary bird, as they are both different to raising a bird of prey. I wouldn't be going into this completely blindly as I have done a WIRES course on raising birds - both aviary birds and parrots.

    Though I do disagree with not allowing novices to do things, as most of us realise how serious what we're doing is and that it isn't just for "fun" and we are in constant contact with much more experienced keepers. That said, I'm not even contemplating had-rearing a bird, or even buying from shops that actively seek out unweaned baby birds because I don't want to support the practice. It is a little upsetting to see that you dismiss "novices" so quickly because we're all novices at everything until we get experience, with the help and guidance of more experienced people, and become experienced.

    But thankyou for giving me that information as I hadn't even realised that the parrot might reject me once it reaches maturity, so you've been very helpful too.
     
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    Hey, I was just wondering if anyone would have any idea why my male princess parrot is suddenly making these strange noises all the time. It sounds like the noise females and babies make when they are begging for food from the male/parents so I thought it was the girl making the noise, since she's been laying eggs and stuff.... But when I realised it was the male(crescent) I got abit more concerned and curious, especially since he's making it continuously...
    I was wondering if he might just be sick of having alexandria(female) in his cage and is just telling her to get out(he hasn't shown any interest in her)
     
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    No worries and glad you took it the right way :)
    Don't get me wrong I am not against hand rearing. In fact it is pretty easy really if you have the time available and i am sure you could keep the little guy alive and healthy. It is the mental side of hand rearing that often goes askew when birds are reared away from other birds. Good breeders aim to raise well socialised birds which is the much harder aspect of hand rearing (and impossible in most home/pet shop situations).

    You will read a lot more about this as you research you possible future pal :)
     
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