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  1. Luvbuz

    Luvbuz Not so new Member

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    I never sell any bird that is not weaned and able to feed themselves on a variety of fruit, sprouted seeds, seeds and nuts. Having said that, if the new owner wants to continue supplementing natural foraging with a daily spoon or syringe of bird formula then I encourage it for just a few weeks. This allows the new owner to feel like they are "completing" the baby bird process to fledged and self-sufficient young adult. It also allows the bird to bond with the new owner. Hand feeding by a new owner is certainly NOT necessary for the new bird to bond with the owner. If the baby is a true hand-reared bird and bred and raised by a responsible breeder, the baby bird will welcome and even seek out contact with their new owner. The more gentle shoulder and finger time the bird has with you, the better they will respond. If you are in a family, make sure EVERYONE interacts with the bird so you do not develop a bird that becomes scared of others and screams solely for you when you leave. I tend not to sell my birds (they are expensive) to young people even after assurances by parents that they will be looked after. Too many are brought back because the young person failed to provide enough daily attention...
     
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    That sounds like an extremely good compromise, actually. I wouldn't be getting my first parrot until I complete my university degree in veterinary science because I'm fully aware of how much attention they need, and the amount of attention they need is one of my favourite things about them. However, if I don't manage to continue my degree, I will be searching for a parrot immediately. I'm not concerned with finding the time to spend with a parrot unless I'm in university and have a job because I've raised many a wombat who needs to be with me 24/7. One wombat I actually reared while I was doing my final year in school, and he is now doing amazingly and has his pick of the ladies on the property where he was released. I did my last year of schooling through distance education and that involved having to visit the teachers every few months, and the wombat wen along of course, ad the teachers often commented that the amount of attention and dedication I was putting into him and giving to him was the equivalent of what a newborn baby requires. I'm not someone who commits to an animal until I understand them as much as possible and am able to give them what they need. If anything, I'd be more likely to give an animal too much attention, which is why I'm considering buying a snake that isn't a hatchy because it's not recommended to handle hatchling snakes for more than five minutes a day.

    I do realise however that many other young people would be overwhelmed when they get their parrot home and realise how much attention it does require, so I can see where you're coming from.
     
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    What would you rate galahs companion pet wise(cuddly, friendliness, temper ect)?
    i know I've read that they make good pets and I'm just growing to like them more and more.
     
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    I've bred and raised most species of Aussie parrots but now specialise in Eclectus. A galah was my very first parrot and he was a fantastic pet - cheeky, cuddly, affectionate - just what you'd expect. They talk okay but it is a bit muffled and garbled. Lesser Corellas (short billed) are absolute clowns and talk exceedingly well, sulphur crested are also the clowns of the parrot world but EXTREMELY vocal, annoys the heck of neighbours! The lorikeets are also clowns but due to their "squirting" due to a mainly liquid nectar type diet don't make very good "shoulder" pets!!! If you're considering a galah as a first parrot just take note (like you would with any pet bird) clear eyes, plump breast (keel bone), well feathered, non-watery faeces, non-laboured breathing (no whistling noise), and an active and inquisitive look. If it is hand reared, ask to handle it and ask it to "Step Up" onto your fingers/hand, avoid placing your hand over its head but stroke using the BACK of your hand in the direction of the feathers. The bird WILL mouth you - but shouldn't bite, it is tasting you, smelling you, getting used to the new hand it is on. If you like it - BUY it!!!Good luck with it, but remember all Aussie parrots can be noisy so I hope you live on acreage!!!
     
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    Ok thanks.
    i know all these guys(parrots) can be very noisy, I currently have a Quaker, 2 cockatiels, 3princess parrots, a kakariki and a scarlet chested parrot- most of witch are hand raised and/or tame. I'm kind of looking for a larger, long lived parrot(around 50yrs or more.I've always wanted a cockatoo or macaw. My dream is a palm cockatoo) and I know how much attention they need. I love my babies so much they mean the world to me
     
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    Ok parrot lovers I have a question I need help with.
    is it normal for male princess parrots to look after the eggs? my "male" blue princess parrot was acting abit strange and constantly making noises like he was begging to be fed? He has never acted like this before and is usually rather calm.He's stopped making that noise and Is suddenly very defensive of his cage And he's sitting on eggs..... o_O he is currently house with a normal female who has been laying recently in the corner of the cage(they're inside) and he has now taking her place but a lot more securely. I'm now wondering if even though he was sold to us as a boy and has the red eyes and bill if "he's" actually a she I have never seen or heard of male princesses looking after and sitting on them(though I do know they do protect their nest and mate). Also one other thing that makes me wonder if they're "his" is that the eggs he's currently on are abit smaller and have thicker shells then the ones the female was with. He's also a lot more defensive than her
     
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    Normal shift work between Princess parrot partners :)
     
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    Ok thanks :)
    just I'd never seen that behaviour in princesses before. When my other ones outside(rip babies) bred only the mum sat on them and dad just kept an eye on things ;)
     
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    My Lineolated parrot is sitting on her clutch of 4 eggs. Fingers crossed!!!
     
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    What happens to animals at the RSPCA if they don't get adopted in a certain amount of time?


    im thinking of adopting this guy
    www.adoptapet.com.au/animal/animalD...k=search&tpage=1&searchType=4&animalid=350426
    i went to see him and he's such a cutie.
    Hope they hatch! Lineolated parrots are so cute. About how much do they cost?
     
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    All depends on what colours you go for. Greens are the cheapest and start off around $500........ Up to a couple of thousand for others.
     
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    I don't have any birds at the moment but I have an awesome story of a bird I met at a wornable pet shop. My parents almost bought it as well lol. This was back in 2012 I was on a family vacation when my parents and I decided to go into a pet store and have a look, really nice healthy animals at reasonable price which is something not seen to often in pet stores, then we came across a sunset conure... He came right up to the cage wall looked at us and literally asked for a scratch. Stuck my finger in the cage and the bird rolled onto its back like a dog and waited. I didn't do anything so he got back up hoped onto my finger (yes hoped) and back off then fooled onto his back until I scratched his belly LOL. That bird was one of the prettiest and loved birds I ever seen.. The only reason we didn't buy the bird because they wanted $600 and steight off the bat said they can't budge even a dollar off the price.
     
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    Hey,
    I found this on my new galah this morning and don't know if I should be concerned or not
     

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    Looks like the preen gland. Is it causing a problem?
     
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    Not really but he has been chewing at it abit. The yellow feathers look like they're bounded together in pus or something
     
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    If it looks like an infection in/at the gland (hard to see any detail in the photo) then a trip to the vet (Inner South Vet Clinic is a great option) for a clean-up and some antibiotics might be in order - always better to be safe than sorry :)

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    Some more recent pics of my two boys :D

    Elmo helping my wife with some paperwork... Danny supervising in the background...

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    Danny's yellow nape

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    Danny chilling outside after dark

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    Elmo relaxing

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    Yeah. I know I should and I want to but mum hates taking our pets to the vet unless it's URGENT, but by then it's usually to late for my bub :( all she really cares about is the cost...

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    Lost my rabbit and afew birds due to her not thinking it's urgent enough even if they've been showing signs of illness for weeks
    obviously doesn't realise how important they are. They are living beings themselves you know
     
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    Sadly then I would suggest no more pets until you're in a position yourself to pay for their needs :( It's not fair on you or the animals that RELY on you for their well-being.
     
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    I'm pretty sure she does use mine but still just thinks it's a waste of money and time

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    Lol,I love this
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    Ok, you were right. I had just never noticed or seen one on any of my other birds so that's why I was abit unsure.
    I feel so stupid now...
     
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